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    Employees are seeking more apps in the workplace

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    Workers are asking employers to introduce more apps in the workplace in order to offer the same level of technology they use at home.

    According to a new report by Workvine, 71 per cent of employees want more advanced technology at work.

    The report details the top ways that HR teams can improve employee engagement through workplace apps and discusses how apps can deliver a more engaging experience for staff and, in turn, increase a company’s productivity levels.

    “Apps play a huge role in our personal lives. They are designed to make regular activities easier, so it’s perhaps no wonder that there’s a hunger from staff for greater incorporation of such tools in the workplace,” said Adrian Hobbs, chairman of Workvine.

    “And when we consider that 60 per cent of European employees are using a smartphone, laptop or tablet that has been provided by their employer, it certainly seems like a wasted opportunity if these devices aren’t enabled with an app that helps them connect with the company, complete admin tasks, keep up with news and manage their performance.”

    The report highlights how apps will lead to improvements in five key areas:

    1. Engaging new starters during the onboarding process: through the provision of easily accessible information, corporate videos, training schedules, community networking platforms and much more.
    2. Performance management: by putting the power back into the hands of the employee, allowing them greater control over their development and training.
    3. Access and engagement with HR: streamlining processes to ensure actions are implemented quicker and admin tasks – such as holiday requests – are managed efficiently.
    4. Company-wide communication and updates: to not only keep staff informed, but also help those working remotely feel part of the team.
    5. Peer to peer communication: allowing greater exchange of information and a better feel of being ‘one team’ rather than separate entities.

    Hobbs added: “For HR and management teams, supervising a workforce of employees operating across a range of locations – whether in several offices, on-site at projects or even from home – is a complex challenge, but it’s increasingly becoming the norm.

    “While the use of the intranet has been an option in the past, this is now out-dated and simply isn’t meeting the needs of employers and workers alike. As the world of work becomes more flexible, the use of apps will prove hugely valuable in keeping staff engaged with the company and managing employee on-boarding, training and development.”

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    Jade Burke

    Jade Burke, Editor for PA Life

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