Monthly Archives: July 2015

EmployeeEngagement

Collaborative Software Can Improve Business Operations

Technology continuously changes the way we work and modern businesses need to focus on collaboration to keep workers happy and engaged, a recent article on alphr.com explains.

As younger generations enter the workforce, employees are becoming more tech-savvy than ever and expect the tools and software they use to make their working lives easier, and their working relationships stringer. At the recent Collaboration & Communication 2015 Conference held in London, experts cited these 5 reasons why collaborative techniques are essential in modern business:

1. They shape working practices

Collaborative software helps management see how well employees deal with new ideas and tools, and receive feedback from team and individuals- helping them identify what works best for their organization.

2. They improve efficiency

As businesses brow resources can often nosedive; yet communication and collaboration become more important than ever. With effective collaboration software, businesses can do more with less, and take the strain off IT departments.

3. They boost engagement

Collaboration techniques and software are also vital for increasing employee engagement. Software such as Microsoft Office 365 helps teams feel more engaged and better able to do their jobs- without the need for continuous instruction from management.

4. They utilize company knowledge

Data is everything these days, so the more knowledge you have, the more successful your business operations will be. Collaboration technology not only helps to gather data, but also helps bring it together into a useful asset that can provide real value.

5. They appeal to younger workers

Having the right tools is important for keeping younger workers engaged. Email is no longer enough to do the job. Collaborative software and effective internal communications will ensure that younger talent doesn’t start looking elsewhere.

Read the full article here.

US Employee Active Disengagement at Record Low

Recently posted on the Gallup website, a survey shows that the engagement of US employees fell to it’s lowest monthly average of the year in May 2015, with just 31.5% of the workforce feeling engaged in their jobs.

According to the report, while the figure runs in line with the previous months, with January, March and April of this year all witnessing a 31.7% engagement level it means that May had the lowest monthly average so far this year.

However, despite employee engagement remaining continuously flat, the number of “actively disengaged” US employees appears to be falling. From April to May this tear, the proportion of actively disengaged workers fell from 17.5% to 16.5%- the lowest yet this year and, along with December 2014’s figures, the all-time lowest active disengagement number on record. Since Gallup’s daily assessment of US worker engagement began back in 2011, active disengagement has reached as high as 21.8%.

It’s encouraging to see that active disengagement rates are going down while engagement rates are going up. The report summary notes that while US employers were able to reduce their proportion of actively disengaged employees in May, they were unable to increase the proportion of engaged members of staff. This suggests that employees are simply “not engaged”, conducting their daily tasks with little passion or enthusiasm.

As Gallup explains, while disengaged workers are not as destructive as actively disengaged ones, their lack of energy and drive means they are not being as productive as they could be, limiting an organization’s potential growth.

In order to resolve this issue, company bosses should be employing high-performing managers and implementing development strategies and incentives that play on the strengths of their employees.

Read the full article here.