Imagine a board game. On one side employees; on the other the IT department. The referee: executive leadership. The game is on. The goal is not to beat the opponent. Quite the opposite; it is to work as a team to reach the goal as quickly as possible, increasing productivity and minimising costs.
Ten years ago you and I would have never discussed things like employee experience and engagement. We used to communicate in more defined terms. Admittedly, business needs were more centered on our customers, less on our own employees.
The way we interact with technology at work is changing dramatically, thanks to millennials and Gen-Z. The tail end of the millennial generation (born between 1981-1996) is entering the workforce while Gen-Z, born after 1997 and the 27% of the population, is just beginning to work. (Business Insider Intelligence)
Digital Transformation is a journey, not an immediate shift from one state to another. That said, the desired destination is the same for every business, regardless of size or industry. It’s a place where you’re moving faster, making better decisions, and competing in the digital era.
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?
Why is the employee experience so important and what are the most common problems faced by companies?
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.
Onboarding is a critical moment in the employee life cycle. It is the unique opportunity companies have to engage their new hires, excite them and provide assurance and confidence that they have joined a great company. Making the life-changing decision to move to a new employer should not be followed by disappointment at the start of the journey. People need to feel that they have made the right choice from the very beginning, and this creates a strong bond with the company, the new team and a sense of common purpose. Find out more about creating an amazing onboarding experience.
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.