It’s no secret that the workforce is changing. Between Gen Z entering the picture and the pandemic completely rewriting the story of how we work, almost everything has shifted. What’s more, is the workforce will continue to change at this rapid pace.

Employers like you need to be prepared. In the age of work from home and virtual offices, that means having the right technology on your side. Investing in the right solutions now can help you streamline procedures, improve productivity, and even hire the right people.

What technology should you be investing in to help you stay in lockstep with your workforce? These are our top picks.

Cloud Technology

If you haven’t already invested in the cloud, now is probably the time to do so. The pandemic pushed telecommuting and remote work forward for many employers. That means more people working from home, rather than in the office.

Those employees need reliable access to a wide variety of systems, data, and files. That’s where the cloud comes in. The cloud can give your employees access to their files, programs they need, and more.

Many organizations have already adopted the cloud in some capacity. Whether you need more capacity or this is your first venture into the cloud, now is a good time to review your current cloud capabilities and determine a cloud strategy that’s right for your business.

Virtual Service Options

You’ve likely used contactless payment in the last 12 months. You may have also switched to online shopping or ordered take-out via an app.

In short, virtual service options have become the norm during the pandemic. These services go beyond your shopping experience or what you offer to your clients, though. They should also be part of what you offer to your employees.

How are virtual services important for your employees? You might think about virtual counselling or coaching, but even benefits and payroll get a boost from virtual service.

Including employee portals for benefits is one way to ensure your team gets the most out of their packages. A virtual portal lets them check in on their coverage any time, anywhere. In addition to that, they can submit claims through the portal, creating more efficiency. With a streamlined process, both your HR team and your employees will be more satisfied with the benefits system.

Payroll is similar, allowing employees to check in on sick days, accrued vacation, and more.

The Right Tools to Support a Digital Transformation

If your office made the leap to remote work, then it might be time to take stock of the tools you have and the ones you still need. If you haven’t already invested in a human resources information system, for example, you should consider one. You might not think HR technology is important to your overall business, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The right HRIS can help you deliver benefits and payroll services to your team. It could also assist your team in keeping track of leave time. In addition, you can use it to track productivity and progress towards goals. In short, it helps you manage your remote team the right way.

Data Analytics and AI Are Crucial

As you might have guessed from the discussion of the HRIS, data and AI are the next big things for employers who are managing remote teams.

The right technology allows you to collect the data you need. It can also help you analyze it, which could uncover patterns in your business. You could develop better work-from-home policies or revamp a benefits package to fit your employees’ needs. In turn, you can use the data to not only keep up with the evolving workforce but stay one step ahead of it.

Anticipating your team’s needs is easier with the right information in hand. Get the insights you need by making sure you have the right technology on your side!