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How to you keep a workforce digitally up to date?

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From the latest buzzwords in digital to the newest
programs and apps that make our working lives easier,
we asked five experts how to keep employees engaged
in the digital developments of the workplace

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How to you keep a workforce digitally up to date?

  1. 1. HOW DO YOU KEEP A WORKFORCE UP TO DATE? digital.advisian.com
  2. 2. Five experts share how to keep employees engaged in the digital developments of the workplace
  3. 3. DEMONSTRATE THE CLEAR
  4. 4. “If you want to encourage engagement and productivity in new digital technology, you’ve got to demonstrate the benefits to people. It’s important to articulate clearly the purpose of each one and how it differentiates from the others to avoid any confusion. I find pilot groups are useful because they allow the company to trial a tool and see how people respond to it, and at the same time, you’re also creating case studies to show other employees the benefits. “I also think you’ve got to create ‘Champions of Change’ at every level. While leaders set the direction and inspire people to get behind it, they can’t change company culture alone. Companies need to involve employees from the very beginning so they can feel ownership of the change rather than it being something that’s done to them.” HELEN DEVERELL, INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT AND FOUNDER OF HELENDEVERELLCOMMUNICATIONS.COM
  5. 5. ““IT’S IMPORTANT TO ARTICULATE CLEARLY THE PURPOSE OF EACH TECHNOLOGY AND HOW IT DIFFERENTIATES FROM THE OTHERS TO AVOID ANY CONFUSION.
  6. 6. STAY TECHNOLOGY
  7. 7. “I began working in e-learning in 2002 when it was literally just a PDF online. I’ve seen the likes of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn go from being unknown entities to an integral part of how people do business. Back when YouTube first arrived on the scene, people didn’t see a need for it and many of the executives I worked with thought it would never take off. But this was partly because their devices weren’t set up for it – you had to download a piece of software over dial-up internet, which often took three hours and would crash their computer. “These days, we take for granted that YouTube just works – it’s embedded into our lives. And sure, the middle bit of any digital learning process is messy, but it’s also where the magic happens* as people start to realize the potential of that technology.” MEREDITH COLLINS, LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR ADVISIAN *ORIGINALQUOTEBRENÉBROWN
  8. 8. ““SURE, THE MIDDLE BIT OF ANY DIGITAL LEARNING PROCESS IS MESSY, BUT IT’S ALSO WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS AS PEOPLE START TO REALIZE THE POTENTIAL OF THAT TECHNOLOGY
  9. 9. PROVIDE DIGITAL LEADERSHIP
  10. 10. “The Worley Academy provides global learning and development resources to our people and one of our most successful programs is the 20-week Leadership Engagement and Performance (LEaP) program for front line and mid-level leaders. This leadership development program also gives us the opportunity to introduce topics that are of interest to our clients. “We are also looking forward to the next generation of Worley people. As part of a new initiative to refresh our graduate program, we will be exploring approaches to graduate resourcing and development both internally and externally and how to be successful with these efforts in an ever increasing digital world.” RICK HANSEN, DIRECTOR WORLEY ACADEMY, HOUSTON
  11. 11. ““WE WILL BE EXPLORING APPROACHES TO GRADUATE RESOURCING AND DEVELOPMENT BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY AND HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH THESE EFFORTS IN AN EVER INCREASING DIGITAL WORLD.
  12. 12. IS KEY
  13. 13. “Building a digital culture is all about trying to increase people’s interest levels around digital and boost their confidence in talking about, describing and participating in conversations about emerging technology, and how we might solve problems in different ways. “However, one of the problems is that the digital world has created this grandiose language around what digital is and this can be a big barrier for people actually wanting to get involved or feeling that they’ve got a role in it. Our aim is to break down those barriers around language and simplify it, so that everyone feels able to get involved. Digital has to be a participation sport.” JOHN PILLAY, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION DIRECTOR, WORLEY
  14. 14. ““THE DIGITAL WORLD HAS CREATED THIS GRANDIOSE LANGUAGE AROUND WHAT DIGITAL IS AND THIS CAN BE A BIG BARRIER FOR PEOPLE.
  15. 15. OVERCOME CHANGE
  16. 16. “It’s not uncommon to see change resistance when it comes to introducing new technologies into companies. While none of these new technologies is particularly difficult to use, without any guidance, encouragement or benefit-led training, there is very little motivation for anyone to make the leap from doing things the same way they’ve always done it. “What’s more, while we might see a technology as useful, not everyone will have that same positive experience so if you’re going to make a move to something such as cloud storage, you have to make that change systematic and exhaustive and set up an environment where we have a mechanism to understand what people’s concerns or fears are about the technology and develop ways to overcome those.” LAITH AMIN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ADVISIAN DIGITAL
  17. 17. ““WITHOUT ANY GUIDANCE, ENCOURAGEMENT OR BENEFIT- LED TRAINING, THERE IS VERY LITTLE MOTIVATION FOR ANYONE TO MAKE THE LEAP FROM DOING THINGS THE SAME WAY THEY’VE ALWAYS DONE IT
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  19. 19. digital.advisian.com

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