We know that the sign of a good team is when each of its members can grow in their career. Whether this means stepping into a leadership role, learning new skills, or collaborating to solve a current pain point, managers thrive when their employees are growing. But, when technology and additional resources are scarce, it can be easy to fall into a routine mindset, working reactively to ensure your team doesn’t fall behind, leaving little to no room for innovation. So, how can Intra facilitate employee growth? Today, our team discusses how our logistics software platform, Intra, can assist FMs and their teams through modern software tools that expedite task completion, improve communication, and foster business and employee growth.
Automation Promotes Employee Career Opportunities
Repetitive tasks can be one of the most frustrating items to deal with as a facilities worker or entry-level employee. You know how the story goes; the lowest man on the so-called “totem pole” is left with the least exciting and essential tasks, which are time-consuming and repetitive. Automation is not an option for facilities working with outdated or no technology, meaning that manual tasks take up most of their day and prevent them from spending time on growth-related tasks. Did you know that over 70% of CEOs anticipate that the skills and labor shortage will be 2022’s most significant business disrupter, with the digital skills gap costing businesses trillions of dollars by the end of the decade?
Career skills, especially digital ones, are no longer beneficial but necessary for businesses. Investing in digital transformation for your company can automate repetitive tasks and help employees minimize the technology skills gap. With Intra, we’ve prioritized automation, allowing FM teams to spend time on essential tasks, proactive maintenance, and minimal repetition. Not only is automation saving entry-level employees hours in their day, but it provides time for additional training using platforms such as Intra, shortening the technology skills gap, and ultimately giving them the time to focus on specific skills that will lead to career growth.
Interdepartmental Platform Sharing Opens Additional Finances
We’ve spoken about the benefits of a platform over point solutions more than once, which holds true for employee growth. In short, platforms are used to combine multiple point solutions, creating one cohesive software solution for companies to use. Generally, each department will work with a different point solution, paid for solely by their department. This leads to excessive spending, preventing teams from gathering interdepartmental data and viewing their organization’s growth on a macro-scale. Instead, the investment in a platform allows spending to be spread across departments, minimizing costs for each department while providing resources for development.
With Intra, we have focused on creating integration-heavy, data-driven software so that you can utilize relevant industry tools for daily task completion while gathering data and analytics reports for long-term strategy. As it relates to employees, having additional finances to spend on training is mutually beneficial. According to the Association for Talent Development, employers who spend an average of $1,500 per employee for training result in a 24% increase in profit margin. Investing shouldn’t just be seen to expedite employee adoption of new technology but promote company-wide financial growth while improving employee retention.
Minimize Impacts of The Great Resignation & Promote Gen-Z Hiring
Unfortunately, the impacts of COVID hit every industry and resulted in lasting effects on the modern workforce. The Great Resignation has hit an all-time high, with 4.53 million workers quitting their jobs in March of 2022. According to Pew Research, some of the top reasons individuals quit their jobs over the last year included minimal chances for advancement, minimal flexibility, and lack of benefits. While some of these resignations are caused by employees looking to change positions during a time when remote work has become the new normal, much of The Great Resignation results from employees realizing their worth and refusing to work for employers that do not focus on their value. No longer are employees staying in less-than-ideal positions for security; instead, they are taking the risk and searching for positions that promote career advancement and a solid work-life balance. Through investing in platforms like Intra, you are not just improving your daily workflows but showing employees that you value innovation, giving them the tools they need to thrive in an ever-changing FM environment.
Finally, investment in technology has become a massive draw for the incoming Gen-Z workforce, which is necessary for the facilities management industry. Currently, the average age of a facilities manager is in their 50s, and the Gen-Z workforce is skyrocketing, with Gen-Z workers tripling by 2030, coming in at around 51 million new workers. Gen-Z is tired of remote work but prefers flexibility, and communication, technology, and sustainability are non-negotiables. Using platforms like Intra promotes sustainability within energy efficiency and can completely alter your FM strategy for a sustainable future. From a focus on biophilic design to predictive maintenance and AI for energy efficiency, using Intra will help you draw in Gen-Z talent for years to come.
SCLogic Is Ready to Guide You Through the Future of FM
As facilities managers, we know that your days are filled with seemingly endless tasks while managing your team and customers. Promoting growth for your employees can be daunting when doing this with little to no help from technology. At SCLogic, we’ve spent decades working with our customers to solve their most frustrating pain points and creating the most innovative FM technology possible that focuses on full-team growth. We know that tasks don’t get completed without collaboration, and every member of an FM team deserves the opportunity for growth. To see how Intra can help your business, email [email protected] or schedule a demo today.