Contributed by: Amelia Vega
In this digital age, corporate culture is facing more disruption than ever before. With technology continuously evolving, businesses are under pressure to adopt and adapt. Aside from the changes in business processes, companies are also having to adjust areas of their people management. Cloud computing, particularly, is creating notable changes in what modern company culture looks like.
Here, we’re taking a look at four ways cloud technology can improve company culture.
Today 70% of professionals globally work remotely at least one day a week. This growing trend of part- and full-time remote work has created opportunities for employers. This ensures they’re hiring the best people for their teams regardless of location. Cloud technology plays a huge role in business expansion, creating greater flexibility and mobility for both employees and managers. Despite location or device, with the cloud, individuals have the ability to collaborate with team members in real-time.
Flexibility plays a major role in what constitutes an attractive company culture in today’s world. Given the simple accessibility of a cloud-powered office, employees can maintain a healthier work-life balance. Also, with the freedom to work from convenient locations, employees are happy both in and out of the office. This flexibility gives employees a greater sense of ownership over their time and can lead to improved retention. Additionally, since remote work is still an emerging trend, earning recognition as a company that supports flexibility can improve your reputation and potentially improve recruiting efforts.
Efficiency With Technology
Employees are generally more satisfied in their roles when they have the proper tools to efficiently do their jobs. The cloud enables teams to work at the speed and style they prefer. In the cloud, employees are able to effectively communicate, share files, and collaborate on projects with ease. This, in turn, enhances the quality of work and decreases the amount of time it takes to complete a task. Therefore, you will have more satisfied employees and employers.
Particularly in this age of increased remote work, employees no longer have to worry about being tied down to the office. They don’t have to be at a specific location or on a specific device to access the information they need to complete a project. This quest for efficiency shows why it’s so important to choose a vendor that you can trust to roll out security checks, upgrades, and new features in a timely manner. Solutions, such as Oracle’s Lawson Software, can potentially hinder efficiency with the need for ongoing upgrades. This is why dedicated cloud providers can be trusted among the community for automatic updates and improvements without disruption.
Innovation and Autonomy
Introducing new technologies to your business proves a commitment to growing and succeeding through digital transformation. Not to mention, employees who work in businesses where new workplace technologies are in widespread use are 51% more likely to have strong job satisfaction, according to a report by HPE Aruba.
Motivated employees are eager to create a sense of autonomy in their job, and the inclusion of innovative tech can help foster that culture—encouraging independent thinking and finding new ways to solve problems. In addition to autonomy, modern tech tools can also help eliminate unnecessary stress. This is done by improving things such as collaboration and data storage. Without the fear of accidentally losing a file or forgetting to share a contact on a project, employees can focus on the bigger-picture items. When they’re focused on their projects, they’ll be satisfied in their days’ work. The cloud is an excellent kick-start to a more engaged and satisfied employee culture.
Unification and Satisfaction
The average worker spends 20% of their time looking for information, according to a report by McKinsey. This wasted time and frustration can lead to disconnected, anxious, and out-of-touch employees. Fortunately, cloud technology in combination with time tracking software helps to eliminate this disconnect and enables workers to spend their time on more meaningful tasks. Management, in particular, can work toward building a more engaged culture knowing which employees are performing which tasks when and for how long, as better alignment leads to greater productivity and therefore more satisfied employees.
If you haven’t already, a move to the cloud is likely in your business’s future. During a migration, it’s important to keep your people and culture at top of mind. Change can be difficult for employees, particularly when it impacts their daily work processes. Be mindful of adjustments and the effects they have on your team– this will lead to a smoother migration and improved culture in general. Recommended practice begins with identifying what makes up your company culture and outlining the specific values, goals and behaviors that contribute to it. Working as a team to evolve your company culture to work in tandem with the cloud can help get everyone on board and operating toward a common goal.