Connected Worker Platform Challenges | Expert Tips from Grid

Shariq Ansari
March 23, 2023
5 mins to read
Active employee involvement is essential to a successful change management strategy.

In the previous blog, we walked you through five different challenges that businesses face while setting up a connected worker platform. As critical as those challenges are, there are also detailed measures to completely prevent them from happening. Having enabled the successful transition of multiple businesses across five different industries to our connected worker platform, Grid, our experts have found the following tips to be super effective:

Define Your Goals🎯

Defining your goals is the first step in overcoming the challenges of moving to a connected worker platform. You need to be clear about:

  • Why you're implementing the platform?
  • What do you hope to achieve by doing so?
  • Are you looking to increase productivity, reduce downtime, improve safety, or do all of the above?

For example, if your goal is to improve safety, you may need to prioritize features such as incident reporting and hazard identification. On the other hand, if your goal is to increase productivity, you may need to focus on features that help streamline workflow and automate manual tasks.

By defining your goals, you can ensure that you're investing in the right platform and that you're developing an implementation plan that is aligned with your business objectives.

Choose the Right Platform🛒

Choosing the right platform is crucial to the success of your implementation. There are so many options available today that non-IT industries may experience information overload. While it's always great to get a head start, remember the road to digitization is not a sprint, but a marathon. So it's important to be careful about the nuances when choosing software that thoroughly meets your specific needs. Consider factors such as ease of use, compatibility with existing systems, and the level of customization available.

Start by identifying the key pain points within your organization that the platform is intended to address. Then, identify the features that are most essential to addressing these pain points.

For example, if you're a small business, you may need a platform that is easy to use and doesn't require a lot of technical expertise. On the other hand, if you're a large enterprise, you may need a platform that can be customized to meet your specific needs and integrate with your existing systems.

When evaluating potential vendors, you need to factor in the service provider's track record of success and whether they have a deep understanding of your industry. An experienced vendor will work closely with you to anticipate your obstacles and provide timely guidance and support throughout the implementation process.

As you evaluate different platforms, keep your priorities in mind and compare each platform's features against your list. By choosing the right platform, you can ensure that you're investing in a solution that is tailored to your business needs and that will deliver real value.

Ensure Data Security 🔐

Connected worker platforms involve the collection and sharing of sensitive data, so it's crucial to ensure data security. Implement strong security measures such as encryption, authentication, and access controls.

Regularly update your security protocols to stay ahead of emerging threats. Cybersecurity is an ongoing process, and you need to ensure that you're keeping up with the latest best practices to protect your data.

It's also important to conduct regular security audits and vulnerability assessments to identify and address any weaknesses in your system. This will help you stay ahead of potential threats and ensure that your data is protected.

Implement Effective Change Management🫱🏼‍🫲🏽

Change management is an essential part of any successful implementation. It helps ensure that employees understand the purpose of the platform and are motivated to use it. Effective change management involves developing a comprehensive plan that includes communication, training, and support.

Start by identifying key stakeholders who will be affected by the platform and involve them in the planning process. Develop a communication plan that outlines how you will inform employees about the platform, its purpose, and how it will impact their work. Provide training to employees to ensure they understand how to use the platform effectively. Finally, provide ongoing support to employees to address any questions or issues that arise.

By implementing effective change management, you can ensure that the transition to the connected worker platform is smooth and that employees are prepared to embrace the new technology.

Monitor and Evaluate🔬

Once you've implemented the platform, it's important to monitor its performance and evaluate its impact on your business. Use analytics to track usage, identify areas for improvement, and measure the platform's impact on productivity, safety, and other key metrics.

Use this information to make adjustments and optimize the platform over time. This will help ensure that the platform is delivering the expected benefits and providing a return on investment.

Regularly monitoring and evaluating the platform will also help you identify potential issues early on and address them before they become larger problems. This will help you ensure the long-term success of the platform and its continued use within your organization.

Measure Return on Investment📊

Finally, it's essential to measure the return on investment (ROI) of your digital transformation efforts. This will help you evaluate the effectiveness of the platform and make data-driven decisions about future investments.

The right platform will identify key performance indicators (KPIs) that align with your goals and help you track them regularly. These generally include metrics such as productivity, efficiency, or safety. Use data analysis tools to identify trends and patterns and make adjustments to the platform as needed.

By measuring ROI, you can demonstrate the value of the platform to stakeholders and ensure that it continues to receive support and investment over the long term.

Communicate Successes and Lessons Learned🔊

As you implement the platform and monitor its performance, you must also take the initiative to actively share progress and learnings with stakeholders within your organization. This includes highlighting success stories and KPIs to demonstrate the value of the platform.

Also, in the spirit of a connected worker system, managers or senior executives will need to communicate best practices with other departments or teams to help the organization as a whole succeed in its digitization efforts.

By inculcating these little processes, you can ensure that the platform is seen as a valuable asset to your organization and that its benefits are significantly realized.

If you still find this confusing and would like a more personalized tour of how you could seamlessly digitize your frontline operations, please book an interactive demo with one of our experts by clicking the button below👇

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