In the first section of this blog, we examined the growing trend in mobile working and why it is becoming the norm, instead of the exception. In the concluding section we’ll look at the very real benefits to be gained by both companies and workers.
What is clear is that companies who invest in mobile strategies are discovering huge increases in productivity. Software developers are producing new applications and platforms monthly designed to leverage maximum value for employers from mobile workers. The cloud is just the latest of these innovations that demonstrate how far mobile working has come and the potential that exists for further growth. The advent of 4G should see another massive shift to mobile working, as companies benefit from faster data transfers. Growing functionality in handsets, better affordability and more reliable networks will all see more companies joining in to leverage more productivity from mobile working initiatives.
It’s no exaggeration to say that mobile working has turbo-charged business. Now, there no need to wait until someone is in the office. Opportunities can be acted upon in real-time, resources acquired, meetings held and projects concluded – all on the move and much more quickly than in the past. More work performed in less time means less wastage, improved profitability and a more attractive bottom line at the end of the year.
Crucially, in the event of a business disaster, such as fire, flood, etc., having workers that are able to perform their roles from outside the physical premises means that the impact of any such crisis is hugely reduced.
The financial benefits
If anything has made companies reluctant to embrace mobile working, it has been the mindset that going mobile will be costly and difficult to implement. However, once companies have done so, the costs are recouped in a relatively short period of time and the company begins to realise cost savings across every area of its operations.
- Reduced need for office space means lower rental costs.
- Lower staff turnover leading to reduced recruitment costs.
- Reduced need for car parking and other on-site services and facilities.
- Fewer absences.
- Fewer expense claims.
- Lower IT costs due to less computer hardware in the office.
Good for employees…
Although, initially, some workers perceive mobile working as obtrusive, most agree that the pros outweigh the cons. Eliminating the stress and associated of the daily commute is perhaps the most obvious benefit of mobile working. That freed-up time can be used to pursue a better work/life balance, meaning happier, healthier workers.
…good for business
Which, in turn, translates into benefits for business. As every good employer knows, a happy employee is a more productive worker. Mobile working can reduce unscheduled absences by more than 60%, meaning thousands of pounds worth of savings per year.
Statistics show that employee turnover is reduced by as much as 50% in mobile workers. But, perhaps the most telling statistic is that 60% of workers from companies that embrace mobile working would look elsewhere if the company changed its policy.
Tried and tested technology
For a demonstration of what mobile technologies can bring to business, companies only need to look at domestic consumers who have been even quicker to pick up on the benefits of mobile technology.
Consumers have been using Smartphones and, more recently, tablets, to gain more control over their lives, enhancing their personal productivity, reducing their outgoings and realising the new benefits and efficiencies these technologies can bring. And business is no different.
The message for business is, in today’s digital age, work isn’t somewhere you go anymore; it’s something you do. And, thanks to mobile technologies, we can now do it better than ever before.