How to connect and align a dispersed workforce



Chris Kerridge – MHR International

June 3, 2021





The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increase in agile work and accelerated digital transformation. This changing landscape has led to a significant increase in the number of organizations managing a dispersed workforce.

The dispersed or hybrid workforce brings many benefits, such as cost effectiveness – as people become consumers of space rather than owners of it – allowing organizations to reduce their building stock. Diversifying talent pools is also made easier, as geography and accessibility are no longer barriers to recruitment and increased employee engagement and satisfaction when working remotely are widely reported.

While such agility brings benefits, many organizations are increasingly looking for effective solutions to create a more connected, resilient and engaged workforce, while increasing efficiency and increasing productivity at the same time.

A 2021 study by Financebuzz – https://financebuzz.com/drawbacks-remote-work-survey – found that almost half of remote workers felt isolated and said they had difficulty building relationships with their colleagues. Organizations quickly recognized that connectivity is vital, especially for a dispersed workforce, which requires innovative solutions to replace traditional offerings, such as team building days and catch-ups at the water cooler. Connectivity is a key factor in ensuring that the corporate culture is aligned and embedded in dispersed teams and geographic locations and can significantly alleviate feelings of isolation, facilitate the sharing of knowledge and best practices, and increase resilience.

The key to connectivity and alignment in the new world of work is effective communication. Implementing the right digital platform to drive communication and collaboration is key to empowering and developing valuable talent. An effective platform, when properly used, integrated into a company’s digital culture, will allow workers to stay connected, engaged and informed, wherever they are.

Dispersed employees often miss the collaborative opportunities enjoyed by those in a “brick and mortar” environment. While video calls and the ability to share screens can go some way to bridge the gap, intuitive digital collaboration platforms are the key to unlocking collaboration and increasing productivity in dispersed teams.

Increasingly, organizations are looking for solutions that can enable them to respond with agility to the changing landscape. Businesses are facing an increase in remote and dispersed work models. Therefore, business resilience, workplace flexibility and people connectivity must now be valued and treated as key business priorities.

Dispersed workforces can present operational challenges, especially for human resources and payroll teams, which often manage a diverse workforce in different locations and time zones around the world. Technological advancements have seen the development of digitally sophisticated solutions to deal with such complexities. For example, MHR People First’s first mobile platform uses geolocation technology, which can map and record the hours and routes of mobile workers, saving time and costs while improving the quality and accuracy of payroll, as the need to Physical timesheets and manual data entry is eliminated.

Chris Kerridge, employee engagement specialist at MHR International, which uses this technology to connect and align its dispersed workforce, echoed this appetite for intuitive and integrated platforms: “Our People First Platform refines a new concept of workforce engagement that combines technological advancements with new thinking on how to make businesses more productive, agile and resilient after a period of great change. Our industry-leading combined HR and payroll software refines a new concept of workforce engagement that combines technological advancements with new thinking on how to make businesses more productive, agile and resilient. after a period of great change. It is designed to unify the workforce through improved communication and collaboration between organizations, aligning with the global transition to flexible workplaces.

Organizations need to connect and align dispersed teams to retain and develop talent, boost creativity and productivity, and transform business resilience and flexibility, and it is clear that intuitive solutions are needed. The demand for mobile first, innovative and holistic platforms capable of offering greater agility is increasing and the market is increasing to meet this new appetite with the development and launch of holistic and increasingly innovative platforms. able to function in this new world. The future, it seems, may be scattered, but we’ll never be better connected.

To see how People First can help your organization, visit: https://mhrglobal.com/uk/en/peoplefirst

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