Uncategorized · 21 August 2019

Is it time to think about realigning your workforce?

Establishing a healthy workplace culture is a trend on the tip of any good managerial tongue. Today, what all high functioning companies are striving for is an aligned workforce.  Strong employee alignment is crucial in aiding employees to stay focused and maximizing profits for your company.

In the UK, aligned workforces can expect two times the growth in their company’s revenue and team compared to those who are not. So do you have an aligned workforce? Furthermore, how can businesses realign their teams to success?

Keep workers informed

Do your employees know what is expected of them?

Informing staff about the duties that are required of them might seem like a general protocol, but a global study revealed only 60% of workers can strongly agree that they know what is expected of them at work.

E-mails, people thought, would revolutionise the way in which business operatives could delegate and communicate with each other at work. However, in today’s busy business climate, only 40% of people read their emails.

To maintain high levels of productivity and open and easy communication, it might be time to rethink what tech-aid you use within your workforce. Utilising instant messaging apps such as Whatsapp or Slack could be the way forward.

These apps can be easily accessed on smartphones allowing employee and employer to have quick and easy communication ‘on the go’.

An aligned workforce is a business has a clear understanding of its strategy, the personal goals of its staff

Employees need better tech aids

64% of aligned workers report spending 30 minutes or more switching between apps each day.

Today, those working in an office environment must mentally process 174 newspapers’ worth of information each day. In a bid to stay on top of the tech game, as a manager, it may seem like a smart move to introduce every tech appliance you can find. However, this can confuse the workplace and add additional tasks to the busy day.

As 81% of employees now report using more apps than they did five years ago, It’s time to rethink the applications you are using and prioritise development and consistent use of the ones that you are currently utilising.

Keep employees engaged by investing in soft skills development

Have you invested in soft skill development programmes for your employees?

Globally, companies that have actively interested and dedicated employees see 41% lower absenteeism rates, and 17% higher productivity. But how do you get them, and ensure they remain interested and motivated?

Some degree of boredom in the workplace is inevitable, however setting up schemes that allow for in-house growth can improve feelings of idleness and allow for your workforce to re-evaluate their skill set.

In addition, 68% of employees would prefer to learn in the workplace. So, offering opportunities to develop tech skills such as coding are invaluable skills that employees will appreciate.

However, when you offer services such as development programmes, it’s hard to gauge how effective they might actually be. To truly measure employee engagement, it may be effective to send out a quick survey or a have a one to one with your team as you implement the programme.

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Laura is the Junior Reporter at Real Business and Business Advice. She's the first point of call for any PR, business owner or industry insider looking to tell a story of entrepreneurial inspiration, retell some key advice, or a ground-breaking news story. She is the core ambassador for the brand(s) and can be found attending high profile events and meeting disruptive business owners across London – and beyond.

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