Organizations implement technology solutions in order to:
- Boost productivity
- Reduce safety incidents
- Reduce operational costs
Once this tech is implemented business leaders want their new digital tools validated by demonstrating how they’ve reduced risk and improved outcomes. Doing so gets a company closer to zero preventable deaths in the workplace.
First, Your Company Must Be Ready for Digital Change
Before any technology can push your organization to new levels of productivity and profit, your company must be ready for digital change. This process is called digital maturity — where a level of readiness is adopted by the safety culture moving your organization forward. Without reaching this threshold any valuable technology will have a hard time becoming fully implemented across your workforce.
Did you know?
The organizations that diligently pursue a digitally mature culture are the ones that win greater profits and reduce safety issues on their job sites.
According to BusinessChief magazine, digital transformation means achieving a culture and mindset change first. And according to Deloitte research higher-maturity organizations are nearly three times more likely than lower-maturity organizations to report net profit margins and annual revenue growth that are significantly above the averages in their industry.
In an age of digital disruption, the best companies have realized that they must manage to the speed of emerging technologies.
So where to begin?
The global Pandemic has forced most organizations to leapfrog their own intentions for digital solutions. Where a company may have been a willing technological Luddite before 2020, comfortable with their outdated entrenched processes, they now find themselves digitally capable in unforeseen ways. This translates into opportunity.
Today business leaders intuitively understand they must continue riding this digital momentum because doing so means better business. But even so, leadership still worries about taking that next step without creating all kinds of organizational issues in the march towards digital readiness and eventual maturity.
Digital Maturity Model
To help, leadership can assess their organization’s digital readiness by addressing the following questions:
- Will we revert to our old habits, or can we continue to progress digitally as we have during the pandemic?
- Is our business able to think digitally and implement the needed solutions?
- Can we compete with digital competence?
A Five-Phase Approach to Digital Readiness
Successful organizations and influencers adopt a five-phase approach for digital readiness.
- Improve Digital Trend Awareness
The EHS technology industry is expanding rapidly. Ideas have formed into use as digital safety tools for a commercial industry, and can be categorized as follows:
– EHS Software / Mobile Apps
– Analytics & Data Management
2. Identify digital trends that can untapped business value
Your business must know what each of these EHS technology categories above solve for your operations. How can they help your business grow, and which technology will have the greatest impact on your workers’ safety? Not all injuries and fatalities are created equal. And by referring to Heinrich’s Safety Triangle theory, if a company can focus on injury prevention through EHS technology solutions, then they are in turn minimizing the major & minor injuries and fatalities as well.
3. Build a high level, strategic roadmap to take advantage of digital trends
Where can your supervisors and workers start in order to ease into digital readiness with confidence? This is an important question. Does your digital readiness start within a particular group of workers? Does it begin by solving a persistent problem to create positive change? Think about your strategic roadmap.
4. Provide governance to the adoption of digital technologies and digital business models
Regardless of the EHS technology adopted first, the commonality is the collected data. The companies making use of their data to improve their safety cultures are winning the race towards digital maturity. But this influx of data can end up being a by-product of your technology. To avoid this situation you must align your data alignment with your digital business model. There’s a saying that insight is not found in a number on its own but within a calculation of numbers that provides insight.
5. Set a regular cadence for the previous steps
One-and-done simply doesn’t work in the digital space. Process and regularity is key. Your job sites must set a regular cadence for the technology being implemented.
Often the solution is to educate and create buy-in with your supervisors first. Doing so pushes the larger workforce towards digital readiness and digital maturity.
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