Can Productivity Tools Boost Engagement?

December 5, 2016 | BizRun Team

We all know that an engaged workforce is more productive. Well, could the reverse be true? What if giving your team the tools they need to be productive could actually improve engagement?

We all know that an engaged workforce is more productive. But could the reverse be true?

Efforts to boost employee engagement include things like communicating corporate direction, delivering frequent feedback, providing mentoring, recognizing employee achievement and fostering career development. Well, how about the technology and day-to-day processes that support the activities of our people? How engaged can people be if the systems they interact with are cumbersome and outdated? Or wasting precious time on onerous, redundant tasks?

Intuitive, efficient systems reduce the need for redundant, manual activities. The less time your people are wasting on things they shouldn’t have to do to begin with, the more time is freed up time to think and act strategically—to do the things that really matter for your business.

Chicken or egg?

Does engagement spur increased productivity? Or do productivity tools and best practice methods nurture engagement?

The answer, in our experience, is that both are true. Yet with all the focus around employee engagement these days, HR leaders may overlook the multitude of ways that efficient systems can boost employee well-being and attitude.

Think about your own work environment for a moment. If you spend all day in front of computer systems that are slow, quirky or confusing to use, don’t you just want to throw your hands up in the air? By contrast, when you have the rights tools at your fingertips, you can build momentum. You feel empowered, and that the effort you put in will produce meaningful results.

Do productive tools and best practice methods nurture engagement?

An abundance of research confirms exactly that, that feeling positive at work leads to better collaboration, creativity and problem solving—all fundamental components of productivity.

Collaborative is key.

Today’s workforce needs business software that puts a fresh spin on existing business needs. Apps that remove barriers, spur collaboration and give productivity a shot in the arm. Software that gets people excited about their work.

Today’s workforce needs business software that puts a fresh spin on existing business needs.

G Suite, Google’s productivity suite for businesses, stands out in this regard. It’s an absolute no-brainer for smaller companies that don’t have IT departments to manage their email and file servers. The reliability and security of Gmail and Drive alone make G Suite worth it. Plus you get Docs, Sheets, Slides, Draw, Calendar and Sites. Google’s version of these business productivity tools gives you all the functionality you need without the bloat and sluggishness of the popular desktop alternative.

Plus you absolutely cannot beat the collaboration. Never again will your people experience the pain and suffering of editing the wrong version of a spreadsheet or document. And the ability to comment and reply within documents aids team communication. Not to mention the fact that all your docs and apps are available on your desktop, your laptop and your mobile devices without installing anything. Lose your laptop? Fortunately you haven’t lost your work! It’s right there waiting for you on the cloud.

With all these benefits, it’s no wonder even large companies are seeing the value of G Suite.

Visuals matter.

Software is being moved forward by mobile interface design, with its emphasis on pleasing visuals and touch-based interactions. We’ve talked before about how our brains prioritize images. Today’s workforce expects to interact with applications visually. This means a design that’s largely image-based, with features like touch-screen, drag-and-drop and point-and-click. With the solidification of HTML5 as the preeminent web standard, cloud-based solutions can now deliver robust and efficient image- and touch-based components to make people far more productive.

Think about all the HR applications out on the market. Wouldn’t you prefer to look at this one?

Today’s workforce expects to interact with applications visually.

HR software should engage your workforce.

These trends in software—collaboration, visuals and touch—drove us to rethink the whole paradigm in the HR solution interface when we set out to build BizRun. We wanted to emphasize the human in human resources by putting your people front and center in the user interface. We wanted to create something beautiful and intuitive. Something that would make the job of HR professionals a little easier. Software that doesn’t get in the way, and can help you be a strategic partner in your organization.

We also wanted to bring collaboration to HR. BizRun empowers supervisors not only to submit requests for things like leave, raises and promotions, but also to communicate real-time in an open workflow. Supervisors can easily see where their requests stand in the approval workflow, and hear from approvers about why or why not their requests may be granted. Our aim was to build an application that not only inspires and uplifts HR, but also engages your whole organization.

HR software should engages your workforce.

Creating an effective employee engagement program is top of mind for businesses today. One essential component is giving your employees the right technological tools for the job. It nurtures empowerment, independent action and productivity. Check out the the new era of HR solution interface design at BizRun.com and turn productivity into engagement.

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