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Workplace happiness: foundations for sustained employee satisfaction

The way we work today is vastly different from working practices of only a few years ago. New technologies, expectations, policies and even physical work spaces all play into a new way of doing business, and with four generations in the workplace, organisations are no longer able to rely on a one-size-fits-all model to attract, retain and nurture the best talent. We have outlined some top tips below on how to sustain employee satisfaction when it comes to new and disruptive technologies.

1) Embrace transparency

As soon as employers gauge the elements of work that make their employees tick, they can dedicate time and resources to designing a bespoke employee experience programme. Many organisations are starting to recognise that the creation of meaningful jobs, aligned with employee motivation, can go a long way towards achieving a happier team – and that adapting to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce is necessary to achieve this.

If employers and employees are transparent with each other, recognise each other’s motivations and have the flexibility to adapt, they will be more likely to create a positive workplace which has a tangible effect on staff performance, as well as the overall productivity of the business.

2) Continue on the BYOD train

Data is evolving and continues to be an important component of today's successful enterprise, necessitating both more computing power and new ways of handling large amounts of information. And, as consumer technology continues its rapid evolution, employees are not just becoming more comfortable with the latest conveniences that their personal gadgets have to offer – they are increasingly demanding the same efficiency and ease-of-use in the equipment that they rely on in their day-to-day working lives.

Smaller businesses often try to offer their employees the most cutting-edge technology to use at work, such as the latest laptops, tablets and mobile devices – integrated to work in sync with each other. Large businesses should not treat this trend any differently and be ready to offer what today’s workers themselves see as the starting point of productivity.

3) Adapt to fit around a flexible workforce

The workforce is the most valuable asset of any business, and it is vital to ensure that employees are prioritised during the process of digital transformation. Technological progress offers the chance to introduce new, innovative types of working. Working hours are becoming more flexible and employees are increasingly able to organise their working day to suit them.

Innovative solutions, readily available collaborative tools and a willingness to embrace flexible working initiatives are all behind the rise of a more mobile and increasingly connected workforce. While the development of a ‘happy’ workforce may seem an ambiguous endeavour, this is an area in which technology can help both employees and employers to achieve workplace satisfaction. For example, while geographical separation traditionally may have led to difficulties collaborating in the workplace, todays virtual communication tools enable productivity even when teams are separated. Naturally this requires a relationship of trust between staff and employers, but as technology continues to progress, we will see these relationships becoming easier to manage and control.

It is important that organisations continue to focus their efforts towards digital transformation and move away from old processes that hold back progress and worker freedom. By following these three basic tips, businesses can ensure that they correctly implement the process of digital transformation, while maintaining employee satisfaction. Through carrying out the process in the best possible way, they can avoid an unnecessary drain on their time and resources.

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