Technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives – and our work is no different.
Businesses have been quick to adopt new technology, with a significant shift in focus towards mobile working. Attitudes around mobile working have evolved too; more bosses are seeing how it can have a positive impact on productivity, profits, employee engagement and the capability to grow.
Enablement is now the name of the game. This means that businesses want their staff to get their work done as easily as possible, using technology that works for them. In turn, bosses have to approach investment in IT kit differently, and more of them are recognising the business case behind mobile working.
1) From start-up to world domination
Cloud-based technology has made it easier and cheaper to start a business. In 2000, starting a small business could set you back a cool £3.3 million1, but even in 2011, that figure was down to £3,200.
The key to start-up growth is the ability to scale quickly. If your team is mobile, they can collaborate on projects and share their knowledge from wherever they are in the world. The time it takes for businesses to make it to the international stage has essentially halved from 41 months to 22.2
Collaboration between mobile workers is much easier when they have the right accessories for their devices. For better conference calls, Jabra headsets and speakerphones provide excellent clarity, and you can reduce any issues with calls dropping by ensuring that your wireless network is up to scratch with DrayTek routers. And of course, there are occasions when it’s beneficial to bring your mobile workers together, and an interactive SMART display or an Optoma projector will help them to maximise their day at the office and keep group presentations running smoothly.
2) Happy staff, happy customers
It’s becoming harder for businesses to ignore the benefits of flexible working. And it goes without saying that the happier your staff are, the more productive they’ll be, and this can only have a positive effect when they’re speaking to your customers.
This isn’t just ‘fluff’ either – businesses who don’t offer flexible working policies are in danger of not being able to attract the talent they need to grow, be profitable and innovate. 39% of employees now cite flexible working as the single most important factor for job satisfaction, according to a report by HPE Aruba.3
Staff with flexible working options will need different accessories depending on their role. Those who travel a lot for work may benefit from having accessories like a Brother mobile printer, a portable Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner, or a password protected Kingston flash drive for additional document storage when they need it. And staff who are based in a home office will need accessories built for comfortable use all day long, such as the Microsoft Sculpt range of keyboards and mice.
3) Productivity at your fingertips
With the right device, mobile workers can stay productive wherever they are – at home, in the office, on the move. Tasks like keeping track of expenses can be done in seconds on an app, and the need for paper is all but eliminated, helping you to streamline business costs.
This means that your staff can be exactly where they are needed and they feel empowered as a result of being able to manage their workload in way that suits them. Hybrid devices are a good option here, as your workers will benefit from having the power and performance of a desktop PC combined with the portability of a tablet.
We have a range of hybrid devices which transform from PC to tablet, including Microsoft’s elegant Surface Pro and the Toshiba Portégé, an incredibly versatile tablet. Other laptop-tablet hybrids to look out for are HP’s Elite x2, the Lenovo Miix and the Samsung Galaxy Book.
You can compare hybrid devices by visiting our ‘Mobilise your workforce’ mini site: https://www.businessdirect.bt.com/other-pages/landing-pages/mobilise-your-workforce/#devices
Equipping your mobile workers with the right device also means they’ll need software to go with it, including Microsoft Office. You could also look at implementing a solution like Microsoft Intune to manage devices and apps for all your mobile workers, and take care of any worries around security.