The future has always been digital. The pandemic just sped things up.
Just look around and see how many digitised services are on the market. Online stores are pretty much the norm while e-commerce platforms host billions of products from all over the world.
However, there’s still more work to be done for companies planning to fully shift into an integrated digital work model. If you have yet to transition digitally, now is the best time to do so. After all, the past year and a half has shown us that those who can adapt to change have the best chances of survival.
Here are five strategies that can help make the switch easier and more impactful:
Update Your Business Model
Many companies closed down due to outdated business models. Most of them relied on manual and traditional processes. Thus, the pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns heavily and negatively affected their operations.
Hence, updating your business model into something more flexible is crucial before fully jumping into the digital landscape.
For starters, consider ways to maximise technology to your advantage. Which digital tools can you use? Should you shift to a remote and distributed workforce? How can you automate replies to common customer inquiries?
At the very least, the answers to these questions can provide you with steps towards the right direction.
Constantly Communicate With Your Team
Once you have a general idea of which direction your business should take, it’s time to communicate this to your team. You will certainly need their help in adjusting and refining your processes to keep them effective and efficient.
Be transparent with them about what changes to expect. Many of your staff may feel threatened by full digital integration because it can render some positions redundant. If this isn’t the case, it’s your responsibility to illustrate how the shift can make things easier for everyone in the long run.
Otherwise, do try to provide those who will get retrenched with proper separation pay and with favorable recommendations to make it easier for them to land jobs elsewhere.
Select Compatible Tools
Given the number of options out there, choosing the right software for your company can feel overwhelming. Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all tool. So, you still have to research and perhaps even try out different options before finding something that best serves your organisation.
Of course, you can always consult either industry experts or even your IT staff. Just make sure you gather enough knowledge and insight so you don’t fall into the trap of Shiny Object Syndrome.
As long as it helps streamline your processes more effectively and efficiently, it should suffice.
Offer Learning Opportunities
Most modern employees are already tech-savvy. Given the right support, they can learn almost anything on the job, from Facebook page management and sales funnel creation to e-commerce integration.
You can help them along by providing learning opportunities outside work. For example, you can provide free training or educational resources for further improving their skill set.
This won’t just enable them to be better at their jobs and help your company grow faster. It can foster loyalty among your key staff as well.
Leverage Tech In Recruiting Processes
In-person recruitment and hiring are quickly becoming part of the distant past in many industries. And with good reason.
Once you fully transition to a remote workforce, all you have to do is meet your prospects via Zoom call or Skype. It’ll be a lot faster and easier. You won’t even need to wear pants while you’re at it.
A digital transformation won’t happen overnight. The organisations that survived the pandemic were able to primarily because they’ve started transitioning a long time ago.
Hence, the earlier you start, the easier it will be for your company to adapt. Fortunately, there’s a lot of assistance available.
Remote Staff has been helping businesses and entrepreneurs Down Under to find and hire skilled remote workers from the Philippines since 2007. Since we specialise in hiring and onboarding, you can focus on growing your company digitally.