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Feb 11, 2022
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Employee choice program is a new trend in the enterprise market. Isn’t it necessary for everyone to be aware of the latest updates and trends to be the best at what they do? The answer is obviously yes! In this rapidly changing world, it is always best to quickly adapt to new and innovative ideas. In this blog, let us debug some common doubts about the Employee Choice Program – what it is, how to implement it, and the reason why enterprises need it.
In the Employee Choice Program, employers offer the employees a chance to choose their work devices. Many companies offer this choice to both the new joiners and employees looking to refresh their old work devices.
Traditionally, employers purchased the work devices, stored them until the new employees needed them, and then deployed them all at once. This method had the least focus on employee satisfaction. An alternative to this was the ‘BYO devices’ where the employees could use their personal devices for work. Though these methods ultimately let the work go forward, did this improve the way work was done? Or did it cater to improve job satisfaction? Whatever the answers are, many organizations chose the traditional methods as they look profitable.
Unlike the traditional offices, where employee satisfaction wasn’t a concern, enterprises now strive to give the best for their employees. A decent salary package can help improve satisfaction, so does free stuff and other allowances. However, there is a limit to how much the employer can spend on an employee. Here the Employee Choice Program stands out as a very simple and cost-effective method. Allowing employees to select their own devices is an easy way to show them that their employer values their opinions and wants them to succeed. It translates into them feeling valued.
It’s already clear that the Employee Choice Program improves employee satisfaction. In addition, it has got way more benefits in its bag. Here, I have listed some more merits of the Employee Choice Program, which makes it a winner.
Organizations should implement the Employee Choice Program only after consulting with their IT team. They need to make sure that their company has all the resources to perfectly manage all situations that can go wrong. The IT infrastructure should be designed to support these multiple platforms. Here are some points that we need to keep in mind while implementing the Employee Choice Program.
Hexnode is an employer of choice. It offers work devices to its employees considering their uses and preferences. In Hexnode, there are various teams like developers, UX/UI designers and marketing. It is necessary to equip them with devices that fit perfectly for their work. The UX/UI designers need use to high performance systems that can support various designing software. Hence, they receive assembled systems with high specs. The developers get MacBook Pro. Meanwhile, in the marketing team, employees get MacBook Air. Customer-facing teams like sales and support are equipped with work phones and top-notch noise-cancelling headsets to ensure a smooth working experience. Hexnode offers these devices to employees to keep the downtime as low as possible and giving room for creativity.
The multi-platform management abilities of Hexnode UEM helped Hexnode to solve some of the implementation issues. Hexnode UEM offers a plethora of features that can help to implement and improve the Employee Choice Program. It strengthens the IT infrastructure with management capabilities across Android, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows, FireOS and tvOS devices. This helps the IT to be ready to manage any device that an employee chooses. It also allows implementing BYOD or COBO or both. Added features like quick deployment, app management, and OS update management further ease the process of managing the hybrid workforce.
When it comes to attracting and retaining top talent, organizations should consider what matters most to their employees and what motivates them to do their best work. There are numerous reasons why an employee chooses a workplace. Allowing employees to work on their preferred devices has an impact on how they work and how much they will love it. The Employee Choice Program can be a great way to increase productivity, employee retention, and job satisfaction.