With the emerging stream of technology taking over every aspect of work and life, we become
constantly subject to change the way we do things.
The developing digital sphere has completely revolutionised the business world, taking us to what we like to often refer to as the ‘future or work’. To those that are unfamiliar with what the future of work looks like, it mostly consists of a healthy combination of human efforts and the right level of automation that results in the ease of work that once consumed a great deal of time and a hefty paper trail. With the emergence of various systems, some that are generic for common use and other that offer customisation, to fit the more specific
requirements, came in the new trend that took the business world by a storm. This was Enterprise Social
Networking also abbreviated as ESN that created the workplace a more human centered atmosphere in
turn adding value to the employees as well the entire organisation. To the readers unfamiliar with this
term, this is an application that serves a similar purpose of a social networking tool but restricted within
the vicinity of the organisation offering a secure yet casual form of networking and socialising.
So, Welcome to the future of work! A place where new experiences create the perfect rewarding fusion
of life and work. Here are a few things that an ESN can add to the future of your organisation.
A Social Learning Experience
Learning is never a one-time thing, as many of us know, working in a business environment comes with
a constant learning curve. Living in the digital age, it is common knowledge that socialising is not the
only benefit that a social networking platform has to offer. Learning can be of many different forms
besides the traditional books and training programs, employees are able to educate each other on a
common platform that can also be used as knowledge portal. Knowledge sharing can occur at any stage
and sometimes coincidently, for instance when a team of employees from different departments are put
together to work together, achieving a common goal becomes a knowledge sharing process on its own.
The use of an ESN can take the hassle of arranging session, scheduling times and booking boardroom for
trainings out of the equation completely. Teams can connect, communicate and share knowledge on
their own time. This can open avenues that would allow the organisation to carryout online trainings for
new joiners, connect mentors to high performers and even create teams that would act as knowledge
hubs for those that may require assistance from time to time. The training programs conducted
externally can also be uploaded online for perusal along with important key pointers discussed in detail
to anyone interested in widening their knowledge. Making it a place where many would turn to, for
learning and development purposes.
Your Employee’s Voice
Organisations are focusing more and more on the value of the human factor within the organisation by
laying ground work to create a human centered organisation that provides experiences to it employees.
As experience becomes a main denominator in employee engagement, its importance plays an
important role in both the strategic and operational aspects of every organisation. An experience can be
created in many ways, and without knowing the most subtle ones can leave a greater impact than
expected. This is when the power of the employee’s voice becomes a crucial element for the
organisation’s success in achieving its ultimate goal, among which motivation plays an important role in
achieving productivity. Motivation has many different avenues of which recognition and personal
development have top priority among the many others including the monitory benefits. ESN has the capability to bridge the gap that may exist in communication with the different levels of the organisation, allows manages to identify and rewards key performers within the platform, improve the common practices within the organisation by providing a common ground to connect on. Employees are able to create experiences of their own and break down walls that separate them based on designation or title. Promoting a healthy and engaging culture to open within the boundaries of the organisation.
A Consistent Communication Channel
Have you ever played the game telephone? Where a whispered a message passes through a group
people and the last one to hear mentions the message out loud. This often brings a bit of laughter when
the message received turns out to be something completely different to the one mentioned. Although
the same often unknowingly happens at the workplace when a long thread of emails loose its point half
way. An ESN avoids the need for long email threads, allowing users to communicate with a group of
selected people in a more casual manner. To the problem of dropping official emails for the smallest
reason and having to find an email in an inbox that is filled with emails, this becomes the perfect
solution. Urgent matters can be communicated immediately, important topics can be discussed, new
ideas can be brainstormed and decisions can be made in a more casual manner without losing track.
Create groups for different subjects, share important information with the entire organisation and even
discuss and obtain feedback on common issues on one single platform. Implementing this platform
provides an organisation the flexibility to communicate with anyone at any given time, without waiting
for an email back or wondering if the message was even read.
Collaborative Sharing Platform
With the human factor in mind organisations have put their focus and efforts in creating an interactive
environment for the employee which involves internal activities that promote better employee
engagement. Having spoken of the more serious aspects of ESN, it can also serve as a platform that
allows employees to simply have a good time. There is a lot that a platform like this can say about level
of engagement an organisation has with its employees and its culture, to someone newly joining. Think
of it as an internal portfolio to promote the organisations people aspect. Joining an organisation is an
investment that an employee makes, one that they hope to hold on to for as long as they can. A
pleasant experience promotes productivity and motivates employees to recommend the organisation to
those that may want to be a part of it in the future. The organisation’s image is made of many aspects,
one of which derives from the people, and what they have to say about being a part it. By creating an
internal platform, employees are able to get further acquainted, creating a work environment that
would come together in one single platform.
The technological wave has taken over the business world by storm to the point where there is a new
application or tool making its way into the workplace almost every day. Amidst which organisation have
to find the right tools to maintain a healthy balance between human and technology. Something that is
deeming to be more and more difficult by the day. The future of work come with many challenges one
of which is keeping the human factor intact in an atmosphere of many generational gaps and
technological advancements. Tools like JURAA and PeoplesHR work towards helping organisations do
just that! Creating platforms that will enable organisations to operate freely without worrying about
deviating from the people factor that has becomes a key to success. Brining the right balance of
automation and HR to every organisation.