The world is constantly changing at a rapid pace. The impact of these global changes are impacting all facets of the workplace. People, technology and infrastructure are organically changing. Changes include how we communicate, the design of our physical office spaces, where we decide to work from, business tools, technology, social media technology, organizational structure and hierarchy, work/life blending, role of job satisfaction, information access and the generational make-up of our workforces. How organizations manage these interconnected workplace changes will impact their ability to engage their employees.
The key drivers of employee engagement are, always knowing what employees are thinking, intentional creation of a desired culture, recognition and value, open and transparent communication + strong leadership, career pathing and opportunities, social good and positive and real employer branding.
Changing workplaces require a change in how we conduct our day-to-day business. Social Technology is how we successfully and effectively deal with these changes. Social collaboration, social learning, social recognition, access to real-time and useful data, social recruitment and strategic employer branding. Integration of the right social technology tools will positively impact employee engagement. People are social beings, and social technology allows, enables and promotes people to be social in the workplace.
This presentation was delivered on Friday, January 10, 2014 to the delegates who competed at the 9th Annual Organizational Behaviour Case Competition at Ryerson University in Toronto. 10 Canadian business schools attended and competed. This session was meant to inspire, educate and help delegates infuse creative ideas in their presentations the following day.