How Remote Work and the Right Technology Can Help to Grow Your Business
Ten years ago, salary and benefits topped the list of employee requirements when looking for the right role or career. Fast forward to 2018 and work-life balance is now often higher on the list of must-haves, especially for new comers to the office environment.
In our recent blog exploring the workplace trends of 2018, we examined the changing expectations of workers and how this is contributing to a shift in the attitudes of the wider workforce when it comes to everything from salary to work-life balance and benefits.
The participants in our recent breaking barriers roundtable confirmed this, revealing that recruitment questions are no longer centered around salary, benefits or pensions, but around technology, flexible working and even the coffee available. It may sound trivial to some, but creating a culture that millennials and the app generation can identify with is now a crucial part of attracting and retaining staff.
For many businesses, it can be difficult to keep up with the fast-paced growth of tech. It can be even harder to know which tools to adopt and when. But, as our roundtable of IT and business leaders stressed, lagging too far behind the curve can have a negative impact on your business. It’s become more vital than ever to stay on top of technology trends and how to leverage them effectively.
Having the right technology becomes even more critical when combined with the flexible working demands of the next generation. Employees are demanding to work in locations outside of a standard office, so any businesses that embrace flexible working need to be able to offer the tools that ensure productivity, regardless of where that employee is working from.
One of the easiest ways to ensure your technology and your flexible working scheme is successful is to remember that it all comes down to sharing. A shared purpose, shared goals, the ability to share business resources in a secure and easy way, and the sharing of ideas through collaboration tools.
But ultimately, the critical aspect to remember is that remote working and staying ahead of the technology curve is about more than employee productivity and next-gen demands. It is about creating a long-term culture that keeps you ahead of the competition and set up for growth.
Learn more about how to manage a remote workforce.