Workhuman’s David Burke and Deloitte’s Lisa McGrath discuss how they are using technology to ensure their employees stay motivated.
Throughout Future of Work, we have found technology to be a critical element in the workplace going forward.
Profusion’s Natalie Camp spoke about the importance of trust when it came to using surveillance technology.
ActiveCampaign’s Tony Newcome and John Lamphiere discussed the rise of VPNs and the security challenges of remote working.
And our reporter Blathnaid O’Dea highlighted some of the tech tools that are paving the way for the future of HR.
One major area technology can be used, especially given the current challenges around talent retention, is employee engagement.
Discovering the power of agile transformation, we spoke to David Burke, the senior director of global talent acquisition and employer brand at Workhuman, a workplace software company. He shared how his team embraces agility as “super users” of their own tech.
“Our SaaS platform is an ecosystem of products that help us build and nurture a culture of appreciation and recognition which we know has a positive effect on retention, engagement, and productivity,” he said.
“Cultures based on recognition help to make work less transactional – and more human. Doubling down on connection, community, and belonging helps to mitigate turnover and boost job satisfaction but crucially, it is also what employees expect in today’s new world of work.”
Workhuman has a recognition platform that enables employees to thank each other for different positive interactions and support. “You can’t overstate the impact of feeling appreciated has on employee experience,” said Burke.
“In addition, this presents regular and consistent touch points so that we can ensure we are caring for the human experience of our employees and an opportunity to be mindful of their personal wellbeing, particularly important for our hybrid and fully remote employees.”
Outside of using a platform designed directly for employee engagement, professional services firm Deloitte is also using technology to help its staff, starting with making sure they have the tools they need to work effectively from anywhere.
‘We’re leveraging our existing platforms to digitise the employee experience’
– LISA MCGRATH
“We are re-configuring our space to support better in-person collaboration and improving technology in meeting spaces to enable hybrid working. For those who are in the office to do focused work, we’ve upgraded our desk setup and have adopted technology to make it easier to book space for confidential calls or meetings,” said Lisa McGrath, chief transformation officer at Deloitte.
“We’re leveraging our existing platforms to digitize the employee experience – everything from prospective employees booking an interview slot, new hires completing onboarding activities, project teams working in virtual meeting rooms, and virtual delivery of technical training.”
She added that the company has also invested in new platforms to support the company’s culture with apps that allow people to identify colleagues living near them to meet in person away from the office.
“For remote and hybrid working I’m a huge fan of video calls and can’t imagine ever reverting to traditional phone calls or conference calls. I have all our collaboration apps on my phone and really appreciate the flexibility that gives me to join a call from anywhere when I’m juggling home and work commitments,” she said.
“I’m conscious that we’re in the middle of reimagining the workplace. The technologies to support it are evolving quickly. We have a diverse team with a wide range of preferences and requirements for how they work together to serve our clients. We’ve adopted an agile approach, piloting different tools, and getting feedback from our teams before investing in those which are making the greatest impact and I hope in the long run this will allow us to provide the best experience to all our employees.”
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