Take a second and imagine what the workplace of the future might look like. In all likelihood, what you will see is a wholly connected and visual environment. One filled with interactive video
Every day, businesses around the world lose thousands of hours of productivity and, in turn, millions of dollars in profits due to disengaged and disconnected workforces. According to a recent study, 71% of employees say they are often disengaged yet companies with a highly engaged workforce regularly outperform their competitors by 202%. For this reason, organizations are searching far and wide for a solution. One such solution is digital signage. In fact, over two-thirds of businesses already use digital signage for internal communications, while 56% plan to increase its use in the future.
The benefits of utilizing digital signage for internal communications are too numerous to count, but the three key areas where Visual Communications networks particularly stand out are employee collaboration, worker engagement and performance management.
Employee Communication and Collaboration
Very few employees—especially Millennials—enjoy being bombarded with work-related emails. In fact, these emails often do more harm than good, creating a stressed-out workforce, which can lead to a lack of focus and productivity. Using digital signage instead of force-feeding an endless stream of emails to your employees helps alleviate this common challenge.
By publishing relevant, timely and engaging content across your Visual Communications network, you can inform employees of vital information about upcoming events or industry news without needlessly overwhelming them. All they need to do is simply glance up at one of the screens. Not only will they be less stressed, but by getting rid of your business’ over-reliance on email, employees will be more likely to collaborate face-to-face, which can build workplace morale and relationships.
Despite constant encouragement to communicate through dedicated company messaging systems, workers still strongly prefer to communicate over social media, opting for the familiarity of communication mediums used in their personal lives. Don’t waste your time fighting a losing battle. Instead, your company should embrace the fact that employees are choosing these platforms to communicate and utilize Visual Communications networks and digital signage tools such as Four Winds Interactive’s (FWI) SocialSnap and FWI Mobile Workforce.
SocialSnap integrates popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram
As mentioned above, a disengaged workforce is an all too common problem facing businesses these days. As Millennials begin to dominate the workforce, they are increasingly demanding a stimulating, collaborative, comfortable and stress-free company culture. Businesses would be wise to listen up. No longer can companies excel by doing the bare minimum when it comes to engaging employees. Based on estimates by Gallup, disengaged employees cost the US between $450 billion to $550 billion annually. One sure-fire way to overcome these productivity losses is by leveraging a digital signage network to improve internal communications and effectively engage your workforce.
Most successful organizations never have a shortage of activities, meetings, workshops and other opportunities to promote. Ditch email announcements. Instead, boost attendance by showcasing the information across your network of screens. But don’t stop there. Post big events like promotions, retirements, birthdays and anniversaries on your employee-facing Visual Communications network.
There is no better way to build a sense of community in the workplace and, in turn, a culture of engagement than showing your workers how much you appreciate them and by not making everything about work. FWI’s Job Promotions, Years of Service, Salesperson Leaderboard
Two things are certain when it comes to digital signage for performance management. First and most importantly is that leveraging data is without a doubt one of the best ways to drive performance. Second is that people are more engaged when shown pleasing visuals rather than mundane reports. So, the question must be asked: what better way is there to increase performance than by using the high-definition screens scattered throughout your office to highlight real-time metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)? You’ll be hard-pressed to find an answer other than digital signage.
Even more specifically, you can share real-time results with the entire workforce by using FWI’s Interactive Executive Dashboards. Using a simple touch interface, you can drill down to reveal valuable performance-based information, including employee performance rankings, quarterly sales targets
By putting data and performance goals right in front of your employees, you can eliminate guesswork and have your company making the best data-driven decisions possible.