Attracting, and more importantly keeping, top talent in your workforce is essential to your success in the digital workplace. But the idea of a “lifetime employment” model — that is, hiring and retaining an employee for the entirety of their career — has basically become obsolete. As Baby Boomers retire and millennials take their place, roles are being filled and refilled every two to three years, at best.
So the question is, how does an organization attract, and, more importantly, keep the best of the best in your industry? With millennials projected to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, it’s time to consider what is most important to this generation inside of the digital workplace.
Millennials are looking for a work environment that encourages collaboration by making it easy to contribute their ideas and share content, as well as to find information and gain knowledge quickly. When the expectations of the workplace are not meeting millennials’ standards, they have no problem looking for an environment that provides them with the tools and culture they want.
Creating A Digital Workplace
Organizations must create a space where team members can share knowledge and communicate outside of their established departments and silos. A collaborative environment cultivates a company culture that encourages employee success. A unified digital workplace creates the opportunity for your employees to share, search, and engage with company knowledge. In turn, this allows your team to feel valued for their contributions and empowered to succeed through the democratization of knowledge.
Top Performers Focus On Deliverables
Great benefits, a flexible work structure, and a quick commute might all be on the top of the list, but employees are also looking to you to provide the tools they need to be successful in their roles. Employees want autonomy and flexibility. They don’t want to measure their success by the number of hours spent working, but rather by the quality of work they are producing.
Provide your teams with a digital knowledge management system that helps them complete quality work, faster. An organizational-wide KMS implementation will help employees see all of your company knowledge curated in one easily searchable place. Meaning no more cumbersome emails, siloed information, or reliance on others to find and utilize knowledge.
Help Top Performers Do More
Great employees will not be satisfied in a role where there are limited possibilities for upward mobility. Your ability to attract and retain all-star talent depends on your willingness to help your employees achieve more at your company. Oftentimes, the biggest limiting factor is access to information and institutional knowledge that is siloed on desktops or in your team’s inboxes.
The democratization of knowledge allows you to share company information across your entire workforce, as appropriate, instead of making data only accessible to the leadership team. By allowing your employees easy access to more company information, and the ability to engage around that information, they can self-educate, and provide insights into, company successes or failures. Your organization’s “go-getters” will quickly become evident in their engagement, allowing you to identify and promote your top talent.
By providing your team members with the knowledge sharing tools they need to intelligently contribute to company conversation, you are setting them up for success in the workplace. And happy employees will not only deliver great work, but will also talk about and promote your organization as a means to showcase their contributions, resulting in a strong corporate culture and a dedicated workforce.