With self-driving cars, gadgets that can monitor all aspects of your health, and even mobile phones that can turn lights on and start your car, you would have thought that we were in a digital age where everything works seamlessly and speeds up our lives. You would have thought that, but sadly, you would be wrong.
Even now with all the amazing technology that we have at our fingertips, businesses are still failing to provide employees with systems that are easy to use and reduce workload. In fact, from a survey conducted by Censuswide, almost half of respondents said that poor systems were affecting employee productivity in the workplace.
The survey questioned HR specialists, all managers and above, on the systems they used at work and what was affecting efficiency and productivity in the workplace. The two big surprising issues that came out from the survey were around the poor systems that employees were using, and a lack of digitalization within the business. Both were negatively impacting workplace productivity.
The two major areas affecting businesses
The poor systems being used by the businesses were negatively affecting employee productivity, whilst the lack of digitalization was slowing HR processes down. Meaning a large majority of businesses were being hindered by something that should effectively, do the opposite.
Technology has advanced dramatically over the past few decades, with more software now available to help businesses be more efficient than ever before. But sadly, HR specialists still thought that the systems that were meant to help them were the biggest negative influences on workplace productivity.
To help focus on how big of an issue both poor systems and lack of digitalization are to businesses, we have put together an infographic with some very interesting stats from the survey.
Katrina is edays' own People Director with significant UK and international experience in delivering people strategy and value-adding HR solutions across a range of organisations and sectors (including Arriva, Boots, Rolls Royce, the utility and charity sectors). Katrina has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and is CIPD qualified.