Social media has dramatically changed how we connect in our personal lives, and is now changing how we connect — and perform — in the workplace. According to a 2015 McKinsey Global Institute social tools survey of 2,427 executives:
- 93 percent report that their companies use at least one social tool in the workplace.
- 80 percent report using social tools to enable collaboration.
- 74 percent report that social tools are somewhat integrated into employees’ day-to-day work.
Here are some ways social tools can help transform your company’s employee experience.
Let the Games Begin
Major companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, Boeing and Delta have applied gamification to a range of internal processes, including onboarding, training and development, knowledge-sharing and expense reporting. With millennials making up the bulk of today’s workforce, you might find gamification a useful tool for engaging employees.
Make it Your Own
Employees, especially millennials, want to have more input in the workplace. Look for opportunities to allow employees to personalize their work experience, whether it’s customizing the homepage on a benefits portal or allowing them to create an individual e-learning curriculum.
Online collaboration tools are convenient to use as a chat interface and as a way to share documents and presentations, exchange feedback, and compile a history of file changes and comments for future reference.
Whether you’re working on a departmental project or a global, cross-team initiative, mind mapping tools, which represent ideas and concepts in a graphical way, can facilitate project management, brainstorming and flowchart design. Many products let you share comments and make changes in real-time to facilitate the development process.
Of course, when considering social tools, you need to make sure the ones you adopt will be a good fit for your organization’s culture and people. With the right digital technology, you’ll have powerful tools for helping employees become more engaged, efficient and productive.
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