How does implementing technology impact motivation?

How does implementing technology impact motivation?

How does implementing technology impact motivation? 1920 1465 Andrzej Nedoma

In the modern business world, companies are always looking for ways to boost their operations and meet their goals. Most often, this is achieved by implementing technology that has the ability to reduce costs, minimize human error, or simply optimize everyday processes.

However, whilst the adoption of new technological tools almost always brings about benefits for the balance book, its impact on employee motivation is repeatedly overlooked. Not only is the introduction of new technology regularly met with fear of redundancy by workers, but it’s also reported that many struggles to change their habits and working routines as a result. And yet, these individuals also constitute a linchpin in terms of the everyday workings of any company.

Therefore, at XTRF we believe that rather than implementing technology to boost business, it should instead be executed as a means to motivate the very people that make up the company. At the end of the day, with a can-do attitude, your employees are far more likely to go the extra mile and take the company to the next level anyway. Think of it as a win-win situation.

In order to use technological implementation as a means to increase employee motivation, we must consider what it is that drives them and makes them happy. A sense of progress and self-fulfillment is considered one of the best sources of motivation, and in the language sector in particular there are many ways in which we can make that happen fairly easily.

It’s no secret that project managers are often overloaded and pretty overwhelmed. Not only that, their everyday tasks can often seem mundane and as more and more requests pile up it can be difficult for them to picture the light at the end of the tunnel.

However, by implementing translation management software such as XTRF, these everyday, often mundane tasks can be eradicated (or automated) altogether. How does this provide a sense of employee motivation, we hear you ask? Well, the answer is simple. By automating repetitive tasks the project manager is able to tick far more tasks off their to-do lists in an average working day. This provides them with a solid sense of progress and enables them to do more and think less, therefore conserving energy for other, more challenging tasks that they may previously have been forced to rush or reluctantly complete out of office hours.

What’s more, with a tool like XTRF project managers are able to get a visual appreciation of exactly how efficiently they are working and the results they are achieving. This in itself often drives employees to focus on areas they may not be doing quite as well in and bring in big results for the company.

The lesson? Put employee motivation before your KPIs when implementing your next technological tool. At the end of the day, ensuring your workers’ peace of mind and job satisfaction is worth just as much (if not more) to your business prospects than reaching those targets. Plus this way, you’ll most likely hit the same high notes with everyone on the team hungry for more.

Andrzej Nedoma

Andrzej Nedoma is the Co-founder and CEO of XTRF Management Systems, a global translation management platform provider for translation companies of every size, in-house corporate language departments, and public organizations. His company helped hundreds of translation and localization agencies in 30 countries to leverage their potential. Andrzej was awarded the Polish Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 title in the category “Services”. He has been building his translation industry expertise since 1996 as a business development manager and as a Managing Director for a leading Central European translation company LIDO-LANG Technical Translations which was eventually sold to Sepro Group from Spain. Apart from work, Andrzej is also an engaged triathlete, competing in IronMan triathlon races - this year on Half-IronMan distance and preparing for full-IronMan distance in the near future.

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