Aimed at businesses, Lincolnshire-based Octagon Technology and B & G HR, along with the Yorkshire Psychology Service, are planning a seminar that touches on many issues with equal relevance in the public sector.
Established and emerging digital technologies have supercharged the world of work and created slicker ways of operating. These changes have brought with them risks and rewards and firms are being urged to review their systems, keep talking to their team and protect their business by updating their policies.
Octagon Director, Clive Catton explains, “Today’s workforces have never been so diverse, but it is the speed of technological change and the fact that people are working for longer which highlight differences in working preferences. Some people put face-to-face communications first, but complement this with the use of telephone calls and email. Others add messaging to the mix and, of course, there has been a huge surge in remote and mobile working.”
“We want to raise issues such as this, bring delegates up-to-speed with what’s possible using the latest technologies, highlight the importance of checking that their staff are working efficiently and happily and encourage businesses to implement clear working policies.
Business & Performance Psychologist Alan Searle, of the Yorkshire Psychology Service, said that in today’s fast-moving digital environment, it can be hard to spot if staff are having mental wellbeing problems. He explains, “You often get younger employees who are very tech-savvy, but just starting out on their careers. They find themselves working alongside colleagues who have spent many years working across a range of sectors, but who may still be trying to get to grips with digital techniques.”
“Whatever their age or experience, workers may feel stressed, but also fearful of saying anything. It is vital that managers check that staff are happy and ask if anyone has work, or even personal difficulties, that might be troubling them.”
Director Carole Broad adds, “The rising trend of employees working remotely and taking their own electronic devices into meetings (Bring Your Own Device – BYOD) has created important issues for both workers and employers.”
“The risks of BYOD include the fact that employers will have less control over a device being used than they would over a traditional corporately-owned and supplied technology, so the security of that piece of technology is a primary concern. Putting an effective BYOD policy in place has many benefits. It can result in improved employee satisfaction, increase overall morale, increase job efficiency and flexibility. Creating a BYOD policy and implementation plan could also lead to the better separation of data.”
Stop Texting and Get Your Hammer Out! is taking place near Lincoln, on 23 November.