Splurge on These Technologies to Help Boost Employee Morale

Posted by on March 20, 2014 in Business Technology [ 0 Comments ]

using technology to boost employee morale in small business workplaceThese days, technology makes the world go ‘round, and this includes in the workplace. Technology can be used in a variety of ways to improve operations and efficiency as well as to boost employee morale and job satisfaction.

Here are a few ideas you can try to improve your workplace environment from all angles using just a few technological upgrades.

Laptops and/or Tablets for Work Outside the Office

Research suggests that employees are more productive when they are allowed to work at least part of the time from home. With the current technologies available, telecommuting is easier and more efficient than ever, and many businesses are embracing its many benefits. These benefits include money saved and employees who are more productive and satisfied with their jobs, among others.

Related: 7 Ways Technology Affects Business Productivity 

While your employees could work on home desktops, you might consider getting them laptops or tablets to make working outside of the office easier. They’ll appreciate the investment you are making in them as employees and the new avenues you are taking to help them get the work done. In addition to supporting telecommuting, buying these technologies for your employees also makes getting work done while traveling for business easier.

All Necessary Software Licenses

For your employees to work at their best, you have to give them the tools they need to do so. Oftentimes this means not only hardware but also software, much of which can be licensed now for use in the office. Does your work revolve around word processors, spreadsheets and other Microsoft Office-like programs? Or do you need special database software like Oracle? Or maybe you work with images and need programs like Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver? Whatever the needs may be, providing your employees with the right tools for the work at hand will make their job that much easier and more satisfying.

Programs for Facilitating Remote Meetings

Remote meetings have become more commonplace and connect employees in all different parts of the world, which allows for increased communication and innovation. In addition, remote meetings enable employees to attend a meeting from wherever they are even locally, such as from their home or a coffee shop. These programs can even facilitate simple communication rather than a formal meeting, akin to water-cooler chats but from afar.

Related: The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Remote Workforce

By giving your employees flexibility in attending meetings and communicating with one another, including with fellow employees across the globe, you are facilitating a richer communication environment where employees may even get more out of their meetings and conversations than they normally would.

You have many options for holding remote meetings. You can use Skype or Google Hangouts, or you can use a program like GoToMeeting, TeamViewer, Join.me, iMeet or MeetingBurner.

A Break Room Full of Technologies

Even though your employees may not be working, breaks are vital for productivity. Working too hard, too much, or too long can lead to burnout and dissatisfaction. A break room is a common place for employees to spend their time away from their desks, so why not give them a room they can enjoy to be in?

Some may argue that a TV in the break room can be a distraction, but it can be very helpful for allowing your employees to relax, unwind, and watch a show or news program to get their mind off work for a bit. Having a wide range of information and entertainment at their fingertips would be a morale boost for your employees, and you can find a great TV service package to suit your needs.

In addition to a TV, you could include a tablet in the break room that is packed with work-friendly and even brain-boosting games. You could also include a video game console and provide stimulating games suitable for work breaks. These inject a little more fun into the standard break room but by using technology to appeal to the way that your employees likely already unwind in their own home. Feeling more comfortable at work will lead to more satisfaction and happier employees.

Related: How Your Office Layout Can Boost Productivity

These are just a few ways that you can use technology to boost morale in the workplace. Whether it’s giving them the tools they need to succeed or enjoy themselves on a break, technology can serve as a bridge between productivity and job satisfaction.

About the author:  Elli Bishop is a writer for The Daily Buzz- BusinessBee’s blog.  Follow BusinessBee on Google+ today!

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