Engaging Employees Through Technology

It is said that the millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) will most likely make up about 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. It’s also been said that the millennials engage and interact differently at work. According to a survey by the Business Insider and News To Live By, 37 percent of the millennials left their first job just after two years. Needless to add, this puts a lot of pressure on today’s employers and the way they engage with their workforce. Because nearly 78 percent of millennials are strongly influenced by how innovative a company is when deciding if they want to work for a particular organization.

 

Having said that, this also leaves room for creating corporate training programs that the younger workforce can connect with. Of course, these training programs need to be modified, keeping in mind how technology has changed this generation’s behavior. Nearly 19 out of 20 millennials own a smartphone and easily adapt to new technology to suit what is most useful or convenient for them, including learning. As opposed to the previous generations that needed to attend live classes and do research at the library, millennials rely on technology and mobile applications to get things done more efficiently. They have gotten used to taking in news and information socially. And even interacting with the outside world through social media and mobile devices has become almost second nature to them. In which case, it’s no surprise that their way of engaging at work has changed too.

 

Today’s corporate training programs need to take this into account and should create programs that in a way, emulate the look and feel of social networks and allow for real-time question and answer sessions that feel as natural to this younger workforce as Gchats or Facebook Messenger, in order to better relate to their new workforce. Because the truth is, technology is here to stay and the sooner we adapt to it, the better it is.