The 9-to-5 office workday as it is known, it is dying off, and companies are struggling to adapt.
New technologies are expensive–and most businesses are not used to these new technologies. Rather than an office with in-house technology and hardware to help employees work effectively in the office, it is becoming more and more important to ensure employees are able work from anywhere. Even though many companies are embracing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, the devices still need to be pre-approved by in-house IT and run specific software as well as have certain capabilities.
Not only is the company challenged to deal with inconsistencies due to different device operations and software, but employees are forced to be responsible for the acquisition of a device that is suitable enough to perform work-required functions.
This is particularly detrimental in the case of mobile phones. With mobile apps becoming the most dominant form of digital interaction and a mobile phone use increase of 575% in the past three years resulting in an increasing amount of work being done on mobile phones. People are constantly monitoring their email as well as plugging in business apps like Slack in order to stay informed. Workers are on top of these trends and using them the best way they can to optimize their performance, and it’s time that companies do their part. Most notably, it’s vital to set up a cloud computing system so that workers can access files from anywhere, anytime. It encourages workers to integrate work and work-related projects into their everyday lives, making them more dedicated employees while at the same time giving them more flexibility for leisure activities.
The cloud system and access to mobility means that companies need to be providing not only in office devices such as desktop and laptop computers, but also smartphones and tablets. Providing mobile devices introduces more than simply a remote work possibility – it also allows for visual and interactive demonstrations to be displayed for clients on the spot. This means that having the technology and access to company data at all times will optimize the performance of employees do and provides a more seamless relationship to clients.
As customer bases are moving more and more towards mobile, so are workers.
It is time for companies to catch up. Providing mobile devices and optimizing servers for mobile access is a business move that most companies will need to make in order to survive in the digital age. According to Julie Ask’s predictions, “Those companies that do embrace mobile as a means to transform customer experiences will accelerate the business benefits they reap in the form of new revenue, cost savings and consumer loyalty derived from higher satisfaction.”