Move over, gray cubicles, breakrooms and fixed 9-5 schedules. Goodbye, long commutes or traffic-plagued driving to the office. Mobile workforce trends are rising, and it looks like it is here to stay. Here are some of the current trends in the workforce. How is your organization keeping up with them?
Thanks to mobile devices – laptops, smartphones, tablets and even wearable gadgets like the Apple Watch and Google Glass, among others – people do not have to be in the office to work. They can do pretty much everything they need to do as long as they can connect to the Internet through their mobile devices. Considered a rare occurrence a few years back, telecommuting is becoming the norm as more organizations are trusting employees to be productive without close supervision.
Telecommuting does not only benefit employees by allowing them to work in environments that make them more productive; it also helps businesses save on costs by enabling them to hire qualified workers from a larger geographic area.
Work 24/7, anywhere
Mobile technology allows workers to connect with their bosses, colleagues, and clients anytime, anywhere removing unnecessary delays thus improving project completion rates. While some workers feel that they are more productive in an office setting, a rising number of workers report that they can get more done when they are not tied to their desks eight hours a day.
Also, today’s businesses have extended the traditional 9-5 working hours, especially if they cater to clients from different geographical locations. As such, mobile workers can more easily address issues that warrant an urgent response at any time, day or night.
BYOD and WYOD policies
In order to be more productive, employees need to be engaged. For millennials – the gadget-wielding workforce of today – what is more engaging than policies that allow them to use their own devices at work? Today’s workers know the value they can bring to the organizations they belong to, which makes them more demanding of their employers. They want the freedom to choose how they get their tasks done while receiving full support from the company.
Baby boomers will soon begin to retire, leaving the workplace to Gen Y, who are the highest users of mobile work technology. Therefore, it is important for companies to provide this group the capability to use a broad set of mobile devices and employ effective mobility solutions.
The landscape of the workplace is changing, and unless you evolve with this change, your organization might not live to see your goals fulfilled. By embracing these trends and looking at new ways to grow through mobile technology, you can ensure not only employee engagement but growth as well.