Irish businesses are at risk of losing top talent, due to poorly connected workplaces, a survey by leading HR software platform, HRLocker, has revealed
The survey of 600 full-time employees was carried out in January to better understand employee sentiment toward the digitally enabled, connected workplace. In a connected workplace all assets, operations and tech tools are integrated, enabling employees, regardless of location, to communicate and collaborate and do their job effectively.
The survey shows that while employee satisfaction is high (72%), major issues have the potential to negatively impact organisations, if not addressed.
In a connected workplace, employees (no matter where they are located), assets, and business services are all centralised in one platform. This includes all the components an organisation needs to organise, implement, and manage the services offered to customers and employees.
Of these challenges, passive management presents the greatest risk. A whopping 62% of employees reported that their managers didn’t listen to them and failed to provide adequate feedback to enable them to perform effectively in their jobs. Interestingly, negative sentiment was highest among, hybrid (80%), compared to remote workers (66%) and those in-office (40%).
Related to this, one in three (32%) employees reported feeling isolated in the workplace. Again, the issue is significantly higher among hybrid workers (48%).
In spite of this, overall employee satisfaction is high. Greater work/ life balance (64%) tops the list of positive drivers for all employees. Amongst in-office workers, 60% claimed an improvement in their work/life balance, just three and nine per cent lower than remote workers and hybrid workers, respectively.
Digitalisation also ranked high amongst employees, with 60% stating it had contributed to their positive work experience. Among those who cited the adoption of software and applications as a positive, the most popular reasons given are that it has reduced admin (58%), improved communication (56%) and enabled greater autonomy (43%), by enabling them to better manage their working hours. However, a notable proportion of employees also expressed feeling overwhelmed by the amount of new tech (30%).
Crystel Rynne, COO at HRLocker, comments, “Technology is enabling us to do so much more, but it can’t fix or replace the fundamentals of people management. Good communication between employers and employees is critical to engender connection, alignment and engagement.”
She continues, “Our research shows that the majority of Irish workers, who now do some form of hybrid working, are caught in a type of working limbo, neither fully benefiting from the perks of remote or in-office working. For many of these people, the connected workplace is not working and when people are not happy in their jobs, they tend to vote with their feet. There is an onus on managers to actively listen to and engage with those splitting their working life between office and home.”
Earlier this month HRLocker announced the competition of a €2 million fundraising, to bring its HR software platform, which enables SMEs to seamlessly manage their teams whether they’re fully remote, hybrid or in-office.
This survey was conducted between the 4th and 13th of January. Respondents all work in the Republic of Ireland, though gender and location were not disclosed. Of those surveyed 120 identified as full-time remote, 320 as full-time hybrid, and 110 as full-time in an office.