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Increase Employee Productivity by Decreasing Digital Clutter

From conference rooms to kitchen tables, bring employees under one virtual roof to increase productivity, retain focus, and unite teams.

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The global pandemic brought kitchen tables instead of conference rooms. It brought a vortex of a million open tabs. What we want is technology that works for us – not against us – as we strive to increase productivity in this unique era of remote work. 

Digital spaces need to center around efficiency to help keep our lives (and minds) in order. And with the majority of people feeling like they are not as productive working from home as in the office, it’s important to set ourselves and our teams up for success.

The problem: everything is everywhere

People crave a place of digital calm. We’re bombarded with communication: chat messages, texts, emails, notifications, and reminders. They are in your notebook and under a search link and maybe even on a Post-it under your cat’s foot. 

The goal is to have one central work space to enhance productivity. When we have to search across multiple systems and open tabs to find a single file, it slows our progress. We want a home where ideas live, information is easily accessible, and people can thrive together — virtually.

The solution: increase productivity with a simple user interface (UI)

Picture a dashboard with everything you need all in one place. You have your company news feed, personalized updates, information relevant to your team, and even quick-access apps used frequently by your employees. Instead of having to search 18 different browsers for that one project, it’s in a task pane to your right. Remember that Post-it on your cat’s foot? Now it’s a digital reminder you can drag-and-drop wherever suits you.

Positive employee experience doesn’t just help your teams feel good; it has a tangible impact on the bottom line. A Forbes research study in partnership with Salesforce found that when employees are happier, it directly increases revenue.

When a simple UI allows your brain to focus all in one place, peace-of-mind follows. Tech leaders can breathe a sigh of relief because one of their top priorities – increased productivity — is answered through a more streamlined employee experience.

Positive employee experience doesn’t just help your teams feel good; it has a tangible impact on the bottom line. A Forbes research study in partnership with Salesforce found that when employees are happier, it directly increases revenue. Companies that valued the work experience of their employees saw up to 1.8x the growth as companies that did not.

Make the best use of your employees’ time with effective technology

The day often begins and ends — eight hours later — on a single screen. This is why technology is such a crucial enabler to employee experience. 

Chief information officers across the country see the value of making their employees’ time in front of a screen as worthwhile as possible. They cite the importance of remote work, collaboration, and communications tools — with 93% of leaders who highly value their team’s experience making sure employees have the technology to do their jobs efficiently.

IT and HR leaders can bring their teams together by unifying employee profiles with work history, hobbies, professional interests, and even transparency across roles through easy-to-read org charts. It’s a way for people to learn about each other and feel connected — no matter where they are in the world.

An all-digital world also invites new challenges for getting to know other colleagues. Sixty-one percent of the workforce misses going into the office, which makes it even more important to re-create a personalized employee experience. When people feel united, it boosts engagement. It can also result in a 56% increase in job performance, not to mention a 167% likelihood that an employee will promote their employer. Information technology (IT) and human resources (HR) leaders can bring their teams together by unifying employee profiles with work history, hobbies, professional interests, and even transparency across roles through easy-to-read org charts. It’s a way for people to learn about each other and feel connected — no matter where they are in the world.

The ideal technology system is one that reveals a single source of truth for your employees. There is no guesswork about where information lives, and no agenda item slips through the cracks. Success is simplified. One way to give employees this seamless digital experience is through Employee Workspace. You have a central tech space to call home. You are able to be more productive because every resource you need is right in front of you. No matter what comes across your (digital) plate, you can still drive efficiency and focus on what matters most for your team.

Jenn Galbraith is the Vice President of Employee Success (ES) Digital. Her team and delivery partners are responsible for providing simple, engaging, and connected processes and systems, enabling Salesforce employees to do their best work. Galbraith and her team have initiated an ES Transformation initiative to advance the employee experience and set up the company for continued growth and innovation at scale.

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