Tech breakthroughs are making our lives easier — both in and out of the office.
Apple continues to launch new versions of the iPhone. Wearable tech now uses apps to tell us what stresses us out and what makes us happy. Hi-tech mood rings. Now more companies are offering telecommuting options to employees, thanks to technology, according to a recent SHRM study.
What’s next – A See-through iPhone?
According to Oxford Economics’ Workforce 2020 report not many people have access to the latest and best technology in the workplace. So your eager millennials might need to settle for an imaginary iPhone, before they get the real-life see-through version rumoured to hit next.
Now that millennials, who grew up using new technology, are becoming decision-makers and stepping into middle management, it seems more of the workforce should have already adopted new technology.
The problem might be due to difficulties convincing seasoned executives to rethink their current tools. “Our company has been doing things this way for 50 years,” millennials may hear from higher-ups.
Here are a few approaches employees aren’t taking to lead a team of early tech adopters.
1Not showing the benefits of learning employee competencies
Up to 75% of HR professionals believe integrating competency and skill data into talent management systems is critical, according to CEB’s 2014 Global Assessment Trends report. Knowing the specific skills and competencies of each employee can help managers better identify area experts and plan training programs accordingly.
2Not presenting a retention solution with development opportunities
More than half of hiring managers say they’re having trouble finding and retaining millennials, according to the 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce report. It’s not hard to see what’s making the younger generation so restless in their careers.
New technology promises, “With this, you can be better, faster, do less work and finally feel like you fit in.”
3Not using social learning as a cost-effective training solution
One of the reasons executives might refrain from adopting new technology in the workplace is the perceived expense that comes along with it. But not all new tech solutions break the bank, especially when they produce a generous ROI in training, engagement and retention — areas most organizations struggle to improve.
Though it’s going to take some serious work to sell the value of adopting new technology in the workplace, but employees can start by addressing how technology offers real solutions to the main challenges holding organisations back today.