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5 Ways to Empower Your Team in the Digital Workplace

Just as the title suggests, Human Resources should be a very “human”
prospect although in this industry we often find ourselves navigating an increasingly
digitised workplace and world. Technology can be implemented to benefit many areas
of an organisation, and HR departments are no exception.

Digital competency is essential for every HR practitioner to be able to deliver on their day-to-day tasks as well as the delivery of more complex projects. Many of our current skills will only be relevant for the next 2.5 – 5 years so it is important to remain abreast of changing technology to ensure your skills are relevant well into the future. Engaging with all things digital now will help you and your staff to integrate with the upcoming essential new technologies such as artificial intelligence and ‘bots’.

If your team is reluctant to go digital, here are 5 ways to empower your
team to embrace technology.  

1. Use it Yourself

Changes in business culture are most effective when they are supported
from the top down. As a HR manager you can’t demand that your team use the
latest technologies if you are slow to embrace it – at the very least you will
need to have a good understanding of them. Aim to keep on top of the latest
developments. Set aside time to research cutting-edge technologies that could
work for your organisation, chat to your network and other colleagues about the
subject, read relevant media regularly or listen to industry podcasts. Sign up
for newsletters or follow social media accounts that will keep you up-to-date.
Call in a professional for help so that you can then help others. Ensure you
can use any new apps, programs and tools you introduce. Lead the way and you’ll
be an inspiration to your team.

2. Build their Confidence

Proper training is key. Take advantage of all of the online and real-world
conferences, training and seminars provided by product suppliers to enhance
your team’s skills. Once they’ve mastered a particular technology, make sure there’s
a simple process to communicate any updates to the system and reserve time for
your team to get on top of those new developments. Some level of independence
ranks highly on the desirable list for most employees; you could invest in
individual courses and professional development with a technological focus as
an incentive for them outside of general team-wide training.

3. Use Technology to Use (More) Technology

It sounds like a bit roundabout but utilising technology may help your
team embrace the digital landscape further. There are specific HR apps and
programs out there that are designed to keep training and learning processes on
track. If you have difficulty in areas such as keeping your team up to date; adopting
new systems; educating new staff or assessing your team’s digital capabilities,
learning systems from organisations like Success Factors, Cornerstone or
Peoplestreme could be something to investigate.

4. Listen Up

Here’s where the human side of HR really comes in. Listen to what your
team are asking for and see if it can be delivered from a digital standpoint.
Whatever they need there’s bound to be – as the saying goes – “an app for that”
and likely one that saves time and/or money. Involve them in the selection of the
new products or platforms that they will be using. Your staff may be able to
tell if a technology is fit for purpose more than you can. If, by chance, you
can’t find a product that works for your team’s unique requirements, consider
investing in development.

5. Knowledge is Power

Remember all of those podcasts, videos, media and e-newsletters about
digital workplaces that you should be consuming? Shouldn’t your team have
access to that knowledge too? Suggest that they sign-up or create an occasional
digest for them to share via a meeting or an email. Encourage them to regularly
share any knowledge, resources, channels or learnings they find helpful with
the wider team. Keep them up-to-date on the latest research on how digital
technology provides time, cost and analytic benefits. Did you know AI is in
development right now to accurately determine how well new hires will perform
in a role or even predict when someone might quit (with time to reverse underlying
causes if desired). How brilliant is that?

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