Technology to Help Improve Employee Engagement During COVID-19 Quarantine

Technology to Help Improve Employee Engagement During COVID-19 Quarantine

Jakub Rudnik on August 5, 2020 in HR Management

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing across the world, a new normal has arisen within the workforce that has forced employers and employees alike to adapt. Many companies are given mandatory stay-at-home orders, causing them to operate in an online environment.As a result of this, employee engagement has been an issue that is difficult to address. Morale in a company is pivotal to staying productive and avoiding the loss of focus. It has become tough for companies to improve employee engagement due to remote work culture. One way that companies have tried to rectify this has been using technology to bridge the social gap. These technologies help build a sense of community within a company and facilitate employee connectivity and keep the employees engaged and happy.

In a world defined by remote working, we have listed some leading technologies that help Improve Employee Engagement.

Leading technologies that help Improve Employee Engagement

  1. Video Conferencing

    The days of conventional meetings are long gone, and in their place video conferencing has emerged. In the past, features merely included a chat option. Nowadays, live HD video allows attendees to see each other’s expressions in low latency, enabling them to react more fluidly and replicate a face-to-face type of interaction and an office environment. The use of webcams can bring more context and better interactions to meetings.

    Furthermore, these applications allow recording, sharing of files, and even collaborative editing. Features like screen-sharing, built-in calendaring services, team chats, extra features for webinars, and much more, offer endless possibilities. It is safe to say that not only has the traditional style of meetings been replaced with video conferencing but even improved and made more efficient. Applications like Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Slack have become crucial in workplaces across the globe.

  2. Employee engagement software

    Engagement software enables large enterprises to seamlessly communicate and work together. The options that are offered are customizable to each company and its needs. Everything from assigning tasks and status updates to project progress is available to effortlessly adjust the teams and their workflow. Almost all the software applications are easy to implement, have a clean and user-friendly interface, and encourage employee engagement.

    Employee engagement software enriches the employee experience and, with the right development tools, promotes productivity, communication, and business agility. Many of these applications synchronize across different platforms and are integrated with different video conferencing apps, calendars, and cloud storage apps for smooth and organized work. Users can learn more about themselves and how well they perform, as well as gain insight into their projects and goals.

  3. Cloud storage

    Working from home presents the challenge of sharing documents and files with fellow colleagues, where a local internal server is used by the company. Transferring files from portable devices are time-consuming and unreliable; at the same time, not having the right security and encryption while sharing sensitive documents means a company’s confidential data can be compromised.

    Applications like Dropbox and Google Drive utilize “cloud storage” to ease access across the company organization. By moving working documents into the cloud, employees can have them at their fingertips, allowing smooth work across documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. In addition to this, multiple users can collaborate on a single document in real-time, thus avoiding replication of work. The latest features like file versioning and file archiving allow users to save previous versions of their documents, ensuring that old copies are not overwritten.

  4. Employee Survey Software

    Employee surveys allow companies to take a data-driven approach to improve workforce performance. It also can provide valuable employee feedback and insight. Employee survey software gathers meaningful data on employee experiences. With AI, these software platforms can effectively measure and predict how to save time, motivate workers, reduce stress, and much more.

    Most of the surveys are customizable: Managers can choose from a set of survey templates or create their own, target certain groups, and most importantly the answers can be anonymized. One of the most valuable features these apps offer is a pulse survey. These are surveys that HR professionals and managers can send out to employees at regularly scheduled intervals to track important metrics, like employee engagement.

Adjusting to a remote workplace is not easy. Technology is an essential tool that can ease the transition and empower workers to stay just as productive while being quarantined.

 

Jakub Rudnik

Jakub Rudnik is the VP of Content at Shortlister, the No. 1 marketplace for finding and selecting vendors in the wellness, HR technology, and benefits space.