Who's Driving Your Software Purchase Decisions?

Remember using these? If you do, you might not be the best person to make your company's software decisions.

If you want to recruit top employees, you need to take a hard look at the software you’re using. Potential employees will elect to work for companies that provide the kind of cloud mobile applications to which they have become accustomed.

Changing Guard

As the baby boomer generation is leaving the workforce and being replaced by millennials, organizations must rethink their strategies on how to attract and retain the best employees. Millennials have grown up with Internet access. The newest college graduates may not even remember the days of dial-up internet access and “Welcome…You’ve got mail!” They certainly have never used or even seen "floppy disks."

Their experiences (or lack thereof, as we’ve just seen) have shaped how they view the world. Employers must embrace their newest workers’ life experiences: user-friendly interfaces, 24/7 access to data, mobile compatibility, and modern application design. Further, employers must offer work experiences in sync with millennials’ lifestyles

Why? The future of your organization rests in the hands of your younger employees.

Great Expectations

Millennials’ expectation of a flexible, mobile environment and virtual collaboration comes from their everyday experiences outside of and prior to work, and your choice to create an organizational culture in which they can flourish becomes paramount to attracting and keeping the best employees. Technology is central to many millennials’ career choices, so the technology you use today can make the difference in recruiting top-notch employees. 

NCLC 2017 Participant - Copyright 2017 Phillippe Nobile PhotographyMillennials have specific tech needs at work. From the Infor article referenced above, “‘We have seen that as younger people enter the workforce, they’re looking for a work environment that has particular characteristics, such as the use of mobile, social, and collaborative technology,’ says Daniel Sholler, Vice President, Platform and Technology, at Infor. ‘And it’s clear that the experiences millennials expect are not the norm at most organizations; there’s always a gap between the strategic intent and what’s actually on the ground.’"

To help bridge the gap between the technology experience millennials want and the experience they are likely to find in the workplace, The Aspire Software Company has made an investment in the Brigham Young University (BYU) landscape management program. We donated our software and expertise to the faculty to use as a teaching tool in the business management curriculum. The results, judged by student and faculty feedback, are exceptional. The faculty loves the teaching tool and the students love the technology. It looks and feels modern to them.

As those students graduate and make their way into your workplace, we want to continue supporting their technology needs. And shouldn’t your employees’ needs frame your technology decisions? The future of your organization depends on it.

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