Smartphones, tablets, and cloud computing have become ubiquitous. As a result, small businesses have been reaping the benefits of enhanced productivity and efficiency that come with a mobile office. Mobile working has also greatly increased due to the CVOID-19 outbreak. To provide an idea of the change seen, roughly 70% of UK professionals have worked remotely in April.
Pandemic or not, technology has changed the way we go about our business. Many of us don’t use a desktop computer anymore, and with the evolution of mobile technology (along with cloud computing), a growing number of employees are not even working the traditional ‘9 to ‘5 shift anymore.
Productivity and collaboration apps that are available in the market today have significantly boosted staff engagement and internal collaboration. Consequently, mobile workforces have become increasingly common.
There are already over a billion mobile workers around the globe and that number keeps growing rapidly. Since the pandemic started, 85% of employees now want home working as the norm.
So, let’s look at the reasons why working remotely is becoming a paradigm change.
Mobile Workforces Reduce Operating Costs
Mobilising your staff can reduce operating expenses and close geographic disconnects.
If your staff are increasingly working from home, it diminishes the need to invest in physical infrastructure and real estate that’s required by a traditional office. No matter what industry you’re in, employing mobile workforce solutions can be great, but it all depends on finding the right solution and strategy for your business.
The transition into a mobile office may require some training, but with staff already (extremely) familiar with mobile platforms, this shouldn’t be a problem.
Platforms are Highly Secure
Cloud security, as well as mobile security, have vastly improved over the past few years. So you can make the transition into a mobile office without all the fears once associated with mobile security. These days, you can remotely and securely manage access to small or large business networks so employees can work wherever and whenever they wish.
The security will be continuously maintained by encrypting data between company servers and mobile devices. Further, these mobile devices can be remotely erased if they are lost or stolen. So even if there are incidents due to human error, companies can now eliminate any further damage.
It Creates a Happier Work Environment
Like it or not, people are happier when there is flexibility at work. It helps them manage other aspects of their lives like family and personal commitments. It also makes them feel like the company cares about them. This in turn translates into higher levels of productivity, fewer sick days, and an incentive to remain with the company. As workstyles change, corporate culture and practices will also have to adapt.
Successful transition predominantly comes down to staff training. Spending time with each team member and going over the training and adoption plans is key. Furthermore, spending a week familiarising staff with the systems and tools makes this transition smooth.
Productivity Apps Reduce the Workload
The apps specifically designed for the mobile workforce were developed to make life easier. Like smartphones have made it easier to manage our day-to-day lives, these apps make it easier to manage your professional responsibilities.
A mobile office solution will provide small businesses with the following:
- A central web-based management system: to keeps track of inventory, assets, applications, device configurations, and policies. This allows you to connect with your colleagues and customers at any time.
- Cross-device management: for a seamless transition between devices (tablet, smartphone, PC).
- Customer service: UK-based and technically proficient with 27 x 7 monitoring services.
- Security: to maintain physical and virtual protection functions which are supported by experienced security teams on-site, 24 x 7.
Work without Borders
Integrating offices/branches from around the world is now a lot cheaper and more robust. Further, this same method can be used to build an effective team from around the world. As workflows, discussions, and collaborations can easily take place over VPN (integrated voice, data, and video), it is much easier now to work as a team no matter where your employees are based.
It’s the future of business that is driven by developments in technology. The incorporation of mobility tools and services has leveled the playing field as small businesses now have access to technology that was once only afforded by large corporations. A key driving force has been COVID-19, and there is no doubt this terrible pandemic, has shaped how we will work in the future.