The Importance of Productivity Intelligence Data
No one can deny that the future of work has arrived, faster than many of us were anticipating. To survive in today’s environment, we need to access and adopt new processes and emerging technologies that encourage productivity and engagement, but also support flexibility. Things like work hours, work locations, and worker designation are fluid. Traditional ways of working are no longer relevant. Change is the norm and we need to embrace it.
Supporting employees during today’s ever changing work environment, and focusing on improving engagement can have a positive impact on performance, and typically results in a happier workforce. Happy employees tend to be more motivated to succeed, and less inclined to attrit.
Keeping employees engaged enables them to succeed, which helps to maintain business continuity and keep productivity levels up. There are a lot of unique ideas for how to keep employees engaged and productive, and one strategy does not fit all. But, the role of data in streamlining the employee experience and creating opportunities for growth and success cannot be ignored.
Focus on motivating employees
Keeping employees motivated when times are tough (as well as when it’s business as usual) not only creates a sense of camaraderie, but can also help encourage a digital mindset. A “people-first” culture keeps team members involved, interested, motivated, and productive. Motivated employees are passionate and excited to learn; they’re also likely to make the most valuable contributions to the business.
But, everyone needs to buy in. A people-first culture only works if it’s enforced from the top down and across the board. Once everyone on the team is bought in, we can maintain a strong culture and realize new opportunities for performance growth. In an inclusive environment, engagement, and therefore productivity, is high. But productivity is not strictly dependent on the individual, technology can help make people more efficient and effective, simplify processes, and keep teams aligned. Technology fosters communication, connectivity, security, data access, and so much more.
Data as Actionable Information
In an environment that supports (and potentially promotes) flexibility and focuses on employee engagement as a key driver for success, data in the form of actionable information becomes imperative. Leaders need data that they can easily digest and act on to help improve performance, growth and sustained contributions. By definition, business intelligence translates raw data into meaningful, useful information. When used properly, data can help organizations make better informed decisions that guide success.
But, there’s so much data out there, and the volume only seems to be growing. So, where do we start? There’s no value in simply accumulating large amounts of data to be sifted through; instead, the value comes from identifying the right data and using it to generate useful insights. The first step is ensuring we’re measuring the right things, the second is applying learnings from that information to drive the business forward.
Productivity and Performance
With insight into and a clear understanding of productivity, leaders can provide objective, consistent, and immediate feedback that supports employees and their success. By understanding the outputs (i.e. activities) that drive the desired results, we can reinforce and replicate them.
Measurements of employee engagement outline how employees work rather than only showcasing what employees are doing. The activities that make up a day, week, or month, and those trends over time, create a view of productivity that allows managers to make smarter decisions. Productivity intelligence addresses the demand for innovation today, and helps to produce more favorable outcomes.
Data can truly guide company growth. Organizations that rely on data develop a shared commitment to company values, collaboration, an inclusionary environment, and openness - all areas that keep engagement high. Insights from productivity intelligence drive greater employee retention, new coaching opportunities, improved performance, higher levels of productivity, and increased adoption of cloud tools. When adopted by leadership across an organization, these data points help streamline the employee experience.
Businesses need to be focused on providing tools that keep employees engaged and connected for their own personal health as well as the health of the company.
Prodoscore provides non-invasive productivity intelligence data in the form of a simple score and easy to use dashboard that are quickly and easily accessible. In the following eBook we discuss how teams throughout the organization can make use of productivity data to drive performance and growth.