Changing attitudes towards work have redefined the traditional office environment. According to the latest figures, in the next four years, 1.87 billion people will become mobile employees. That’s a whopping 42.5% of the total global workforce.
With fewer people sitting at their desks 9-5 than ever before, mobility is now one of the most significant challenges facing businesses. So, if you are not yet ready for the mobile working revolution, it is time to catch up. But why has this change come about, and what can employers do to prepare?
Changing employee expectations
Today, mobile working is more important to 67% of UK office workers than a company car. And, as competition for talent intensifies, companies are going to have to do more to attract and retain the best people or lose out to competitors that will.
With a desire for mobile working established, it follows that meeting this need will help you to attract and keep talented people. In particular, Millennials are likely to become a key driver for mobility. They live in a connected world and have different ideas about what a career should look like.
To prepare for the workforce of tomorrow employers everywhere need to act now. This includes looking at strategies and technology that will enable employees to customise their working location, and provide them with greater flexibility in choosing, how, when and where to work.
The growth of connected technology
Modern technology allows employees to remain permanently connected, no matter where they are in the world. And, to keep up with the pace of change, here are just some of the things employers should be aware of:
With more people working in more places than ever before, mobile device management (MDM) is now crucial; ensuring that risk is minimised while consistent standards are maintained.
Offering the highest levels of security and reliability, the hosted desktop provides secure access to business-critical information, apps and software, in real-time, from multiple data sources. So, employees can do their jobs wherever and whenever they are; on any internet-enabled device.
The Internet of Things (IoT)
As all aspects of our lives become data-driven, the information available to businesses is going to become increasingly important. Not least because the ability to harness this data leads to improved performance at all levels.
But there is no use holding all this valuable data if mobile staff can’t access it. As such, it is vital that employers ensure that all the files, apps and data employees need are instantly available when they need them. This means making sure that users can access intelligent business data from any device, even if they aren’t in the office. Here again the hosted desktop is key.
The next evolution in wireless communication, 5G is the key to a superfast mobile internet. With much faster upload and download speeds, the combination of fifth generation cellular and cloud technologies could be game-changing. And, because it is only a matter of time before it becomes mainstream, it pays to be ready.
Cloud computing has been one of the most important technological innovations of recent years, and its advancement shows no sign of slowing down. With everything needed to make cloud-based technology a success now aligned, the next 12 months could be transformative for SMEs who have already embraced the power of the cloud to support mobile working practices.
Barriers to employee mobility
An unwillingness to adapt
When it comes to making a workforce mobile, you should be prepared to meet some resistance; for some people, change is hard. Not everyone wants to give up working more traditionally. So, if you’re planning on rolling out mobile working across the board, expect some conflict. Regular engagement and an awareness of those functions/roles not suited to mobile working is a must.
Failure to invest
Tech is key to creating a productive mobile workforce. But, despite the fact that everything is now available to put this in place, many employers are failing to do more than pay lip-service to the idea.
All too often, insufficient technology is the problem, usually because, – in uncertain economic times – businesses are reluctant to shake things up and make bold investments in the future.
But businesses that can’t access their staff can’t make informed decisions, and remote workers who find it challenging to locate documents and files can’t do their jobs. Today, the ability to succeed and thrive is dependent on being able to adapt and respond to new models of working, so not investing in the necessary tech is not an option.
At Cloud Geeni, we give your workforce the ability to access and process information quickly and securely no matter where they are. Allowing employees’ instant access to company data through the use of their own personal or business devices (BYOD or ‘bring-your-own-device’) our secure hosted desktop service ensures your mobile set-up fits the needs of your business.