A digital workplace solution isn’t something that organizations can consider a “nice to have”. It’s essential. Not sure if you believe us? In this blog, we’re going to dive deeper into this idea of the necessity of a digital workplace – read along to learn why digital workplace solutions are the new rage, and how Workplace from Facebook plays a role in the digital workplace landscape.
Why are Digital Workplace Solutions So Essential?
There’s no doubt that the world is moving towards a more digital future – experts have been describing the last five to ten years as the dawn of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, with the rise of social media, smart mobile devices, Cloud-based solutions, Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) that have all been designed to increase productivity, connectivity, communication, and collaboration.
In the past decade, we’ve seen digital communications platforms, like Workplace from Facebook, Yammer, Slack, Microsoft Teams, and others become not only more and more popular, but more and more necessary. Employers are seeing an increase in demand for open and transparent two-way communication, and far more emphasis on employee experiences, and employee satisfaction – all things that contribute to your organization’s overall corporate culture.
Not only this, but employees are also demanding a more modern, digital way of working – they want the tools to be able to allow them to be efficient and effective with their time. Organizations that aren’t able to embrace this new digital way of working, and provide their employees with the tools they need to do their jobs whenever, and wherever they can will quickly find themselves falling behind the curve, leading to a loss in productivity, revenue, and employee engagement.
So, what is a Digital Workplace?
Gartner describes a digital workplace as enabling new, more effective ways of working, raises employee engagement and agility, and exploits consumer-oriented styles and technologies. In other words, a digital workplace is a workplace that can provide the services, apps, data, and collaboration tools that employees need to be able to do their jobs, on any device, at any time, anywhere.
Why Adopt a Digital Workplace?
Digital workplaces, also known in some circles as connected workplaces, embraces the future of work, and ensure that your organization is operating at peak efficiency. This Deloitte whitepaper puts it succinctly with these top 5 benefits of a digital workplace:
- Talent attraction: 64% of employees would opt for a lower paying job if they could work away from the office.
- Employee productivity: organizations with strong online social networks are 7% more productive than those without.
- Employee satisfaction: organizations that installed social media tools internally found a median 20% increase in employee satisfaction.
- Employee retention: when employee engagement increases, there is a corresponding increase in employee retention by up to 87%.
- Communication tools: information workers prefer newer communication tools, particularly instant messaging, over more traditional.
4 Ways Workplace from Facebook Helps Build a Strong Digital Workplace:
Workplace from Facebook (Workplace), a best-of-breed, mobile-first, high adoption digital workplace solution has transformed the way that thousands of organizations communicate and collaborate with one another.
Proving time and time again how it can bring corporate culture to life in a short amount of time, Workplace has a plethora of features – chat, live stream, private and multi-company groups, direct messaging, polls, safety checks, customer integrations, Knowledge Library, and more! – to help your organization go digital.
Here are four ways that Workplace can be your organization’s digital workplace solution:
People crave communication and connectivity – they want to have a voice, connect with colleagues, and collaborate. So, can your employees collaborate effectively? Are they connected to one another?
Workplace Groups can help to answer these questions. Workplace Groups are the heart of Workplace from Facebook, and allows teams and colleagues to connect and collaborate on projects, deals, company announcements, events, employee recognition, social groups, and much more.
How can your organization get the necessary information to the people who need it the most, as quickly as possible, and help them to feel more connected, not only to the company’s overall mission and objectives, but to their co-workers, too?
Workplace from Facebook’s News Feed, streamlined notifications can help to reach the right people, at the right time, and ensures that everyone in the organization – from frontline worker to C-level executive – has access to all-company communications instantaneously. If needed, you can also “Mark as Important” any posts, which will pin that post to the top of the specific group it was posted in (and appear in the employee’s News Feed), and request a “read receipt” on important posts, prompting group members to confirm that they’ve read the post and its contents.
Workplace Enables Innovation:
Many experts have said that innovation in the workplace is key to business success. If you want your organization to thrive, you need to be able to source new, innovative, or cutting-edge ideas – if you don’t come up with it, your global, international competitors might.
Often, those innovative ideas can come directly from your employees. But only if you give them a place where they can share and exchange ideas! Workplace does just this – with Workplace’s Groups, News Feed, Chat, and other Workplace features, your employees have the chance to make innovation visible and accessible to everyone in the organization. And, if everyone can see the ideas, they can comment on them, too. With Workplace, you can invite everyone to brainstorm together!
Workplace Creates Belonging:
When your employees feel a sense of belonging at work, they’re often more resilient, engaged, and more willing to change. In fact, employees who feel that they belong, and that their voice is being heard are 4.6 times more likely to feel empowered to perform their best work. Experts agree that social belonging is a fundamental human need, hardwired into our DNA, but when employees feel isolated at work, the results are disastrous – lower organizational commitment, and lower employee engagement, to start.
Workplace is all about belonging – its features, like Workplace Chat, Workplace Groups, Live Video, Knowledge Library, and much more, creates a warm and welcoming environment for both new employees and seasoned veterans alike. Workplace also provides a safe space to talk about diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, recognize those employees who go above and beyond, motivate those employees who work remotely, and connect with one another to create lasting work friendships (which can increase productivity & overall job satisfaction).
Ready to Embrace Your New Digital Workplace Solution?
In this blog, we’ve explored not only what a digital workplace solution is, but why it’s important for your organization, and how you can get started using Workplace from Facebook as your digital workplace solution. So, if you’re ready to embrace your new digital workplace solution, give us a shout and let’s chat!
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