According to the Office of National Statistics, 86% of people working from home back in April were doing so due to the coronavirus pandemic, and although some of us have gotten used to the idea of working at home, for a lot of people recent events have made vast changes to their work and personal lives. For those who have recently started working from home unexpectedly, they may be facing challenges making their work life difficult, such as distractions, noise and in many cases not having the luxury of a desk or office space to work from.
So how do we know our colleagues are happy in their working environment?
By utilising the Power Platform, we can create solutions to help monitor wellbeing and give employees a place to express their thoughts and ideas. Not only does this help bring to the surface issues employees are experiencing, but by introducing features such as idea voting polls, we can open up these challenges to the wider business and encourage discussions between colleagues and teams who may never usually communicate.
To support more personal employee issues, apps to discuss and log problems (as well as successes) being experienced by staff whilst working from home provides valuable information which can define improvements that need to be made. Furthermore, automating processes such as equipment requests and approvals allows employees to easily express their needs when working from home, in turn making their work life more comfortable.
Another challenge we often face is ensuring home workers get the recognition they deserve for the efforts they put in, particularly when most are too humble to announce their fantastic work themselves. Why not encourage employees to praise themselves and others in an easy to use application which can sit in their Teams channels or be accessed via the intranet. By using available data connections to access employee directories, it’s easy to search and look up colleagues across the business and notify them and their manager when their work has been recognised.
Sliders, ratings, gamification, fun gifs and icons make the process of submitting timesheets, checking in, raising equipment requests and recognising employees enjoyable, so it’s less of a challenge encouraging colleagues to do these tasks.
The Power Platform allows us to build and customise all of the above, whilst ensuring our data is safe and sits within our Office 365 environment, making it easy to access from anywhere, and easy to integrate with our existing data sources and applications.
If any of this interests you, eacs is hosting a webinar on the 6th October where myself and eacs CTO Dave Adamson will give on overview of the Microsoft Power Platform and how it can be used to make you and your employees day-to-day work life a whole lot easier. Watch the recording of this webinar for free here to learn more and help improve the productivity of your employees today.