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Frontline Workers & Enterprise Collaboration: What It Is, Why It Matters and How To Do It Right

by Aware

Companies may promote the importance of good relationships between frontline employees and their customers, but what about the relationships between these employees and their co-workers?

Engaged employees are incredibly valuable to the modern enterprise. The research is clear: companies with highly engaged employees outperform their competitors by 147%. No amount of creative employee engagement strategies can compensate for a fragmented company culture. The truth is, the largest contributor to workplace engagement is whether employees have relationships with other workers in the organization.

Learn how you can use insights from enterprise collaboration to measure employee engagement (or disengagement!).

Unique Challenges of Customer-Facing Employees

The potential impact of engaged (or unengaged) workers on your brand is especially  true with those on the frontlines—their job is to be the face of your brand!

Frontline employees are often distributed or siloed by either:

  • Geography: as is the case with a stand-alone brick-and-mortar location. 
  • Job Functions: such as at a customer service center.

Strategies such as sharing organizational vision and giving regular feedback empower frontline workers to be and do their best. One of the most impactful steps an organization can take is rolling out tools that build workplace relationships and connections with ease. And with many tools being accessible for the mobile-first workplace, you can even include your deskless and traveling employees.

Connect Your Frontline Into An Unstoppable Force

Collaboration tools such as Workplace from Meta, Slack and Microsoft Teams let frontline employees build connections with other departments and leaders who work in different locations or job functions. 

When it comes to developing innovative ideas, collaboration tools level the playing field. Customer-facing employees can easily share an idea in real-time—an activity that would traditionally require a large amount of email chains and approvals. This accelerated sharing of ideas from the frontlines enables more agile and responsive business functions, driving faster bottom-line gains and increased employee engagement.

In addition to public groups, two of the core tenants of collaboration include private and one-to-one messaging. This diversity in digital conversation structure looks similar to real-life interaction patterns. It's the reason that more than half of the employees at organizations with an enterprise collaboration tool feel that their company encourages connectedness. 

Public and larger private groups give employees space to collaborate and share information in greater numbers, while smaller private groups and one-to-one chats help coworkers get work done and build interpersonal relationships in smaller settings.

Don't Give Your Leadership a Reason To Say No

Employees love being able to communicate in private messages that offer space for connectivity and community, but they are also the feature that makes many organization leaders pause. The concerns they evoke are valid, but not insurmountable. In order to usher in the benefits to employee community, workplace engagement and culture, it’s important to acknowledge and address the inherent risks that come with this new type of workplace communication:

Spread of toxic behavior

The informal nature of collaboration tools makes it easy for employees to communicate more casually with their co-workers. Content in private messages is 135% more likely to be toxic than public communications, which means that employees are more likely to encounter inappropriate or toxic conversations in private group or chat scenarios. Examples of these topics include communications that could land the company in legal trouble, such as sexual harassment or discrimination.

Insider Threats

More than half (60%) of data breaches are caused by employees or other insiders. Many frontline workers are deskless and rely on their personal devices to access collaboration tools. With BYOD (bring-your-own-device) and mobile-first workplaces, leaders need to implement solutions that provide visibility into public and private communications to control for risk of malicious or negligent data shares.

Equip Your Organization With Real-Time Monitoring of Mobile-First Communication

Risk is managed by a number of different departments across the enterprise. Human resources is responsible for protecting the workforce, infosecurity for protecting enterprise data, and legal and compliance teams mitigate regulatory risk.

Give the teams who safeguard your organization the equipment they need to enable a powerful workforce while alleviating human behavior risk. Pair your collaboration rollout with a solution that surfaces risky communications in both public and private settings—before a situation spirals out of control.

Your workplace has too much to gain from connecting your employees—the worry of a few bad actors should not keep you from encouraging better communication for frontline workers.

Bring Collaboration to Your Frontline Workforce

Before you flip the switch and unleash collaboration to all employees, you need to answer questions from compliance, legal, and info security leaders.

Download the IT Leader’s Guide to Compliance, Legal, and InfoSec Requirements in Collaboration to be prepared for their questions, ease their concerns and achieve wall-to-wall adoption.



Topics:Employee ExperienceEnterprise CollaborationInsider Risk