The use of mobile devices has pervaded everyday life – from the moment we wake up, as we go through the day and even before we retire for the day, we have our smartphones and tablets as our constant companions. It comes as no surprise that these devices have started entering the workplace as well, affecting employee engagement and productivity in a positive way. The development of 802.11ac Wi-Fi has ushered in an even more robust shift; now more and more organizations are getting on the mobility bandwagon.
Once tied to their desks, employees are now able to do more productive work by using mobile devices to complete tasks even when they are outside the workplace. Team collaborations are now possible through virtual conferences, even if the members are working at different locations.
Mobile technology is here to stay, as more organizations are beginning to see the many advantages of deploying mobility for their respective workforce teams. If you are ready to enable mobility for your workforce, here are some factors you need to consider:
1. The Wireless Network.
Your mobile workforce is dependent on the wireless network you have in place; therefore it is critical to choose a trusted and reliable network provider that has many years of experience. Your chosen provider must also be continually evolving to answer the pressing needs of its clients. One such provider is Zebra Technologies, a solutions provider that is built on innovation.
2. Mobile Devices.
These are the primary tools that will help employees accomplish their tasks, especially when they are out in the field. As such, the choice of the devices to be used must depend on the function they will perform. Additionally, the following considerations should factor in your choice:
- Performance. This includes system, storage and processing requirements, plus the applications they can support.
- Durability. Are the devices built to endure the conditions they will be used in?
- Portability. Do these devices allow for carrying around as employees go about in their daily tasks?
- Power. How long can the device be used before it is charged? Can it be supported by battery replacements or mobile chargers?
- Cost. Naturally, companies must be practical about the cost of the device and the returns it will bring.
3. Required Applications.
Aside from the basic communication (email, messaging and call features) and productivity (word processors, mapping and location apps, file transferring platforms, etc.) tools, you should also consider line-of business (LOB) solutions that are specific to your organization’s needs. LOB apps increase productivity, enables faster resolution for issues and enhances customer service. As such, the choice of which apps to use must be carefully thought out and planned.
4. Mobile Management.
In order to fully optimize mobility, you should have a full-proof management system that is designed to meet all the requirements of your business. Therefore IT managers and business managers should work together to identify a strategy that will address not only maintenance and implementation of the mobility system but also its contributions to the company’s success.