Remember the five o’clock whistle? That’s gone now, replaced by a smartphone notification for tasks that need to be completed sometime between checking out and turning in. And remember that “working nine-to-five” song? Just try listening to it now without chuckling.
For most professionals, work is no longer seen as a place. Rather, work is what you do – it lurks in your shadow every waking moment, always a click away. Seems troubling, yet increased workplace flexibility is exactly what most employees (of all ages) desire. For employers, the challenge is offering mobile capabilities that allow employees to increase productivity, achieve work/life balance, and be successful in their careers – all of which benefit the organization as a whole.
If your company has yet to jump on the mobile productivity bandwagon, read on to discover the advantages that are likely AWOL at your organization.
Advantage #1: Boundless productivity
When workflow is tied to a physical location or a specific device (like a company computer), employee productivity is also bound to specific locations and devices. Conversely, cloud-based, mobile solutions not only provide greater workflow access and ease-of-fulfillment, but they also allow employees to access real-time data to make informed, timely decisions from any location or device.
Advantage #2: An enticing environment
To stay competitive, SMBs need to recruit and retain a talented workforce. Today’s top-tier employees are top-tier in large part because of their ability to adapt, meaning they’ve already learned how to leverage the latest technology to work smarter. Asking these prospective employees to work with restrictive, antiquated solutions is like asking them to work with one hand tied behind their back.
Advantage #3: Up-to-date insights from anywhere
The information age, the insights era… whatever namesake you use to identify the times we live in, the bottom line is that business moves much faster than it did twenty, or even ten, years ago. With access to real-time insights, mobile workforces are constantly tuned into the “current state” of the business. Meanwhile, their non-mobile counterparts are mired in manual processes and time-consuming communication just to ensure “everyone is on the same page.”
Advantage #4: Seamless collaboration
Today’s employees don’t need to be together to effectively work together. Mobile capabilities allow employees to build off each other’s work, providing expected individual contributions during pivotal times. This means processes proceed, projects stay on schedule and performance metrics are transparent, allowing companies to reward those who truly make a meaningful impact.
Advantage #5: Real-time feedback
Smarter solutions can significantly lessen the administrative load for SMBs. The right technology can also ensure employees are acting in the best interests of the organization automatically, without the need to ask questions and wait for answers.
For example, employees with access to mobile expense reporting can be assured that they are spending within policy because the technology promotes best practices. Budget limits, approved vendors and affiliated travel partners can all be synced so that employees are making decisions that are best for the company, whether they are ordering parts from Peoria or are planning a trip home from Portland. Employees actually prefer the added oversight because it means less interaction with administration and less time spent resolving errors.
How can your SMB work smarter in the coming year? Which of these five advantages, if gained, will make the biggest contribution toward your organizational goals?
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