Even though it’s early, my discussions these first few months of the year tell me that “employee experience” is becoming one of the buzzwords of 2019. The CEOs and CTOs I’ve spoken with at companies of all types and sizes are talking about the need to provide a world-class workplace experience for their employees (and what that actually means). But why should executives focus on providing a strong employee experience? Why should you use precious time and resources on improving how your employees work each day?
In recent years, IT professionals have been progressively realizing that successful IT strategies actually depend on a simple question: who? Indeed, for once, instead of asking “what” or “how much,” they are shifting their focus towards the people ultimately impacted by IT decision making – their employees.
Better employee experience drives better business outcomes1. The result? Technology is no longer the driving force of IT — instead, the end-users’ digital experience is the key to unlocking business value and driving ROI.
Although technology continues to evolve, the processes that support Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) have remained relatively unchanged for several decades. One of the main challenges to delivering high-quality IT services in this long-established approach is reactivity – that is, focusing on incident management as a means to resolve something that should never have happened in the first place.
Patching Windows 10 doesn’t always go as planned. As noted by CNet, the OS has a bad habit of automatically updating devices to the latest version — even when users are in the middle of something else. Sure, there’s potential benefit for IT here since network-connected desktops and laptops will always be up-to-date but since the update process halts any work-in-progress, resets the device and can take hours to complete, end-users won’t be happy.
Incident management means restoring normal computing services as quickly as possible to minimize the impact to the business. Yet, ironically, in a technology industry where innovation is the driving force, key elements of incident management have not been updated for some time.
To quote the late Rodney Dangerfield, IT systems “get no respect.” We all rely on them to accomplish our jobs, pay our bills and carry on with our day-to-day activities, without giving them a second thought – until they stop working.
There’sAccording to an independent survey, 80% of executives rated employee experience as important or very important. One of the most significant ways we can improve the employee experience today is by addressing the digital culture within an organization.
IT operations has gone off the rails. It’s not the fault of hard-working technology professionals — in fact, it’s just the opposite — but as noted by Tech Republic, a recent study found that 62% of employees reported “broken IT processes” within their organization, and just 24% said they received “very prompt service” from in-house support.
There’s been tons of buzz around it for a while, but soon it will be here. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect May 25, 2018, and will impact every company in any industry around the world that processes the personal data of European Union (EU) residents.