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In today’s fast paced tech-driven world, employees need work environments that provide a different range of spaces for many work types, with technology that works when they need it.

Millennial’s now make up a growing percentage of the workforce, bringing with them expectations that are very different than the generations before them. One of the main ones being that they will be able to leverage the same digital capabilities that shape their personal lives, to perform their jobs and create benefits for their organisations.  These expectations are driving the evolution of the digital workplace.

There has been a shift in what employees look for from their place of work in the last five years.  Research has found that one of the most important things for a candidate when accepting a job now is a good work life balance.

Along with this change, new technology has enabled employees to work from anywhere at any time.  There has been a substantial shift in attitudes towards smarter ways of working, such as flexible and remote working.  Now more than three quarters of employees will favor an employer that offers flexible working options and they are more likely to accept a role in such organisation.

Businesses that are attempting to attract, engage and retain talent must be willing to meet the demands of the modern workforce. However, many organisations struggle with transforming their workplace to do this.  Business leaders must not fear that an increasingly remote workforce will be detrimental to the organisation.

Embrace Digital Technology

A successful digital workplace provides employees with an environment and tools that allow them to work efficiently and effectively and to choose how they collaborate with their colleagues and from where.  The modern workforce is digital native, businesses should use new technology to their advantage to up skill and develop their workforce to promote efficiency and productivity.

The technology should be in place to make information easily available to employees.  Employees feel valued when they can learn and develop, while also sharing their expertise and experiences.  Online learning platforms allow employees to access knowledge quickly and easily they need and share this knowledge digitally with others.

Adapt Learning Methods

With technology constantly evolving it is crucial that organisations are efficiently up-skilling their employees and providing these employees with opportunities to learn and develop. One-time training sessions are no longer enough and the traditional approach to training does not meet the needs of the modern workforce.

Technology is now assisting Learning & Development leaders with creating the personalised training employees now require.  These L&D leaders are now utilising learning experience platforms to allow employees to carry out self-directed learning to grow their skills.  Learning platforms enable employees to retain information at a pace that suits their own learning style, allowing them to return to any areas they wish to review again.

Organisations can use the advanced reporting features of these technologies to uncover skills gaps in the workforce and increase compliance ratings. This can be done by providing curated learning so employees can complete any appropriate training required to carry out the demands of their roles.

Learning platforms also aid with the onboarding process, creating a more efficient onboarding experience.  Remotely onboarding employees using a digital learning experience platform will ensure they are equipped with the skills and training required to start their roles before their very first day.

Leave Performance Reviews in the Past

Modern employees want consistent open communication and collaboration with their leaders and colleagues.  The traditional formal approach to performance appraisal, which is generally done on an annual basis, is no longer working. The annual performance appraisal is not an effective way to measure real time results.  Employees seek feedback and coaching from their employers more frequently in monthly or quarterly reviews.

Technology allows for real time reports that allow employers to monitor the learning, development, performance and even the level of engagement within a workforce.  This gives employers the opportunity to provide accurate feedback much more frequently.

 

Conclusion

Due to the digital workplace, the modern workforce is no longer restricted to traditional sites and offices.  The modern workforce are looking for employers who encourage an environment where learning, training, collaboration and communication all take place continuously.  To cater for the demands of the modern workforce organisations must embrace digital workplace technology.

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