Beyond office walls: how SAP Business One can elevate employee culture

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The pandemic brought about a shift in our work patterns. To ensure continuity during the crisis, many businesses swiftly transitioned to remote work. Looking ahead, it’s clear that remote work is a key feature of the modern workplace. A hybrid model of work is slowly but surely becoming the new norm.

Hybrid work models, where employees split their time between remote and in-office work, have gained traction. However, maintaining a cohesive and positive employee culture in a hybrid environment can be a challenge.

One tool that can help navigate this transition and foster a positive employee culture is your ERP system. It’s widely acknowledged that, for technology integration to be successful, businesses need to foster a culture that supports change, innovation and improvement. However, the opposite isn’t often considered ⸺ how does an ERP impact company culture?

SAP Business One’s capabilities, including centralising information, streamlining processes, and facilitating communication, contribute significantly to sustaining and enhancing employee culture in hybrid workplaces.

Four ways SAP Business One can benefit hybrid work culture

1. Unified access to information

As the number of remote workers increases, the biggest challenges don't stem from a lack of passion or dedication. Instead, the main barrier is limited access to information that’s generally available in an office environment. For most of us, the hassle of searching through a full inbox or combing shared drives for documents is all too familiar.

Having a cohesive system in place benefits everyone by ensuring that answers can be found without the need to lodge a request with the BI team, or email multiple people to find the right person to speak to. The ability to access a system and locate the necessary information enhances efficiency and productivity.

SAP B1 provides a unified platform where all employees can access essential information. Whether in-office or remote, everyone can locate and use the data they need.

2. Seamless collaboration

Hybrid collaboration comes with its share of challenges. Technical hiccups arise with the use of unreliable tools and apps. It can be difficult to ensure equal participation and inclusivity, especially when it comes to managing different rules of engagement for in-person and remote teams.

SAP B1 systems facilitate frictionless teamwork across locations by allowing employees to work on shared documents, monitor project progress, and communicate effortlessly. Distance shouldn’t hinder collaboration, and everyone should feel part of the team, regardless of their physical location.

3. Transparent communication

Hand-in-hand with collaboration, communication in hybrid environments isn’t always straightforward. Factors like time zone differences, varying communication tools, and the potential for information silos can hinder effective collaboration.

SAP B1 can generally be integrated with communication tools and channels, enabling employees to share calendars for scheduling and task coordination.

They also offer real-time tracking and monitoring of project progress. Every interaction, transaction, or project-related detail is documented within the system. This transparency helps build trust among team members, as everyone can see the contributions and efforts of their colleagues, even when working remotely.

4. Enabling upselling and cross-selling

Beyond internal benefits, SAP B1 also plays an important role in enhancing customer interactions. In a hybrid environment, remote teams may face challenges coordinating and sharing real-time information, impacting their ability to seize upselling or cross-selling opportunities.

Your SAP B1 connects with other business areas, opening opportunities for potential upselling or cross-selling when customers return. If a customer shows interest in a specific service, ERP allows employees to identify and communicate complementary offerings. This not only boosts revenue but also reinforces the importance of a customer-centric culture.

Elevating culture with accessible SAP Business One

As we ring in the new age of hybrid work, maintaining a positive employee culture is essential for business success. Your SAP Business One platform offers a holistic solution by providing unified access to information, promoting collaboration, and fostering transparent communication. It’s a system that empowers employees to contribute meaningfully, both internally and in their interactions with clients.

As businesses adapt to the evolving work landscape, ERP systems are a pivotal tool in building and sustaining a positive employee culture for employees everywhere and anywhere. If your business is thinking about going hybrid or is already on that path, it's time to ensure your SAP B1 system is optimised for the move.

Want to learn more about how your SAP B1 platform can benefit your small business in this evolving landscape? We're here to help you explore the possibilities and help your business reach its full potential. Click here or contact our team.


 

 

About the Author: Deryc Turner

Deryc Turner

Deryc Turner has a degree in Economics from Sydney University and is a Fellow of the Australian CPA's. Since 1994 he has been advising small and medium businesses on how to maximize the value of their information systems to gain an unfair advantage over their competition

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