This kind of disconnected culture also faces problems with access to up-to-date forms, rosters, policies or procedural documents. It could be that staff members need to visit a physical location to obtain a printed copy, or request a form to be printed for them (which then comes with a waiting time). What can be done when hard-copy documents become out-dated and staff have not been made aware of the change?
While this creates logistical difficulties, the greater risk is with the most important aspect of your business: the people. What does this disconnect mean for them?
Just because staff don’t have a desk, it doesn’t mean that they don’t have a voice. It doesn’t mean that they don’t have great ideas. These are people on the frontline who may come across daily opportunities for organisational improvement. Including them in the modern workplace, alongside all staff as one equal unit, can bring with it a great deal of motivation and enhanced sense of worth, enabling participation.
One-way communication is no longer an effective method of enabling inclusivity, inspiration or connectedness (some may say it never has been). A substantially greater result can be achieved when two-way methods are implemented.
Bringing all your staff together in a single platform that enables conversations, feedback, access to key content and quick, simple access to company communications can bring huge potential for the future direction of your company culture.
So, what’s the right platform for this? One obvious choice may be SharePoint and Yammer, both excellent and well-established products within the market. However, you may have your reasons not to take this path. For example:
- If you’re not already on Microsoft 365, or you are but don’t want the additional licence management
- You want a faster approach to deploy to enterprise-scale environments
- Perhaps you want a solution that enables more in the way of simplicity, focussed on a particular purpose that is separate from the rest of your working environment
This may be where a tool like Reach, from LiveTiles can assist. We hosted a webinar on the 1st of June 2021, where we explored the issues faced within this blog and demonstrated the technology that can be used to implement a new, communicative, informative and accessible workplace. Register below to access the recording of this webinar.