There are many ways to innovate a company and, indeed, you can get as creative as you wish. While the options are close to limitless, there are still some universal tips that will help you get started.
Let’s take a look at them, through the prism of the company’s goals, employee engagement and productivity, and emerging trends.
First of all, health comes first! No matter how busy you are, if your health takes a hit, you won’t be able to handle the tasks appropriately.
Need we say that you won’t be happy even with a dream job if you’re feeling under the weather?
An increasing number of companies are beginning to realize the importance of wellness (though the term is somewhat erroneous) and implement certain measures to ensure their employees can stay healthy — both physically and mentally.
From the very obvious initiatives — providing healthy snacks and nutritious and buying standing desks — to more complex ones, you should make sure to do all in your power to ensure your company is doing everything in its power to help the employees stay fit and healthy.
The common issues associated with office workers — back pain and stiffness can be easily prevented by promoting regular workout and regular breaks. To avoid leg cramps, for example, merely 5 minutes of stretching or light walk on a regular basis should suffice.
Next on, think about new and transfer hires from day one. It is a sad reality that many companies take it for granted that employees with an appropriate skillset and expertise will be able to fit in right away.
The truth is that onboarding is the crucial point to provide insights into the company culture, vision, mission, and goals.
That is to say, training should be provided to everyone who needs it, and here are some specifics:
- Provide HR orientation
- Organize an office tour
- Communicate the basics first and only move to complex matters afterward
- Connect new and transfer employees with mentors
- Establish proper goals so that they are not same for every employee (keeping in mind individual expectations and affinities — some employees prefer challenges while others are looking for attainable goals that boost their confidence)
- Make sure communication is taking place (that proper communication channels have been established and that everyone is familiar with the apps and tools being used — provide training if necessary)
- Make sure to listen to employee feedback and adjust your approach to fit individual aspirations for best results
The benefits of new tech are many, so it would be a pity not to use them to everyone’s benefit. The usual issue with many businesses seems to be the fact that they’re worrying over how to manage remote teams, forgetting completely frontline employees.
Consider this: to track employees’ hours, you can pick a tool instead of sticking to outdated and time-consuming procedures and just think about other, more complex tasks.
Managing frontline employees can prove as difficult as managing remote teams when new tech is not being utilized, so don’t miss this opportunity.
Next on, make sure to build a sustainability team.
A sustainability team is a great chance to engage employees.
Just consider some of the benefits:
- Better morale
- Innovative mindset
- Easy EV charger maintenance
- Reduced costs of energy
- Increased sales through promotions
- Societal impact
- Tax incentives
Last but not least, consider the needs of the employees. Remote work is so much more than work from home. In particular, digital nomadism is on the rise, so make sure you’re retaining talent by offering flexible and hybrid work models.
Many people choose to go work abroad because they can travel more and pay less when relocated to a country with cheaper costs of living.
Optimally, consider one of the hybrid work models to accommodate all employees. The options are:
- Almost entirely on premises – limited remote work, large office space the majority of managers and workers
- Almost entirely off premises – mostly remote work with no office space
- Partially remote work, with flexible office space – no permanent offices; rented flex space used for periodic collaboration (but not connectivity)
- Partially remote work, large office space – the majority of managers and workers spend most, but not all, of their time at the office
- Partially remote work, multiple hubs – multiple offices with the workforce dispersed among them
- Multiple microhubs – management and employees are dispersed across small microhubs located in different cities and countries
Innovating a company is a dynamic process with many alternatives. What you should do first is make sure that your employees are happy and engaged and synced with company goals and mission. Start with onboarding training, provide all amenities needed, and keep communication alive.
And yes, don’t forget to listen to employee feedback!