ERP efficiency-As every “Management 101” business manual will tell you, a happy workforce is a productive workforce. However, this isn’t just a one-way street, because productivity is often the precursor to happiness.
Whilst productivity isn’t the sole driver of workforce satisfaction, its significance as a contributing factor cannot be denied. For this reason, businesses should aim to equip employees with the tools they need to perform their jobs as efficiently as possible, from any locale.
So, how can businesses employ best-in-class technologies, and business management solutions such as (Enterprise Resources Planning) ERP, to maximise productivity as well as employee engagement?
Productivity leads to satisfaction
It turns out we’ve been looking at the happiness-productivity equation back to front all along. Whilst a happy employee is more likely to be a productive employee, the reverse is also true.
Productive employees are likely to be happier in their roles than those who find they’re unable to carry out their work efficiently. It can be particularly frustrating when productivity is affected by outdated legacy technologies, or a total lack of assistive technology to begin with.
To avoid situations such as this, businesses should assess their current technology infrastructure to work out where improvements should be made. These might include:
- Deploying tools that facilitate flexible and remote working
- Transferring core functions to the cloud
- Moving data from spreadsheets to ERP systems
By streamlining activity and boosting productivity, measures such as these can and do boost satisfaction levels in the workforce.
Flexible and remote working
The opportunity to work from outside the office is fast becoming a main priority for employees, with many selecting their job based on flexible working arrangements.
According to a study from Quantum Workplace, 62 per cent of employees believe telecommuting and/or working remotely has a positive effect on employee engagement.
A second study found that “presenteeism” is causing a loss of 27 days of productive time per employee per year. Presenteeism is when an employee is present in the office, but is experiencing decreased productivity and producing poor quality work. The issue is commonly driven by the perception that employees are expected to work beyond contracted hours to demonstrate ambition and commitment.
To combat issues like presenteeism and to bolster employee engagement, businesses should consider implementing technologies that allow for remote and flexible working.