When businesses take the steps to embrace mobility strategically, it can drive agility, growth and innovation. They should work to find solutions that are easy to use and easy to implement, and most of all, ones that ease pain points employees are experiencing.
Here are six reasons businesses should take mobility seriously:
1. Employee attraction and retention: With more and more businesses offering mobile workplace flexibility, it’s become a big selling point for attracting and retaining top-tier employees who value flexible working arrangements.
2. Flexible and scalable growth: Businesses can grow more easily with remote workers. Gone are the days when companies consider turning down a perfect candidate because they are unwilling or unable to relocate for the job. Now that work can be available from anywhere, businesses can recruit the best employee for the job, regardless of location, and are not bound by space limitations in an office.
3. Employee productivity: Mobile solutions give employees access to real-time data. Employees can make informed, strategic and timely business decisions from anywhere, which means businesses can operate without interruption or delay. As businesses embrace mobility and “work from anywhere” policies, employees can improve their work-life balance by cutting back on long commute times.
4. Security: Keeping sensitive information in cloud-based systems gives businesses more options to protect this data when physical property, such as a laptop or tablet, is stolen. However, allowing mobile access to sensitive information can create security risks. Employees need to be educated on how to spot and avoid phishing and other data theft attacks, while also diligently doing their part to keep company data and apps secure.
5. Free up IT needs: When integrated and mobile business solutions are working properly, it frees up capacity from the IT department to focus on strategic business projects, rather than troubleshooting and fixing technical problems.
6. Cost savings: Businesses may think that the costs to get a mobile workforce up and running will outweigh the benefits. But once enabled, these systems are often less expensive to maintain than the traditional ones, and don’t require extensive on-site equipment and maintenance. Not to mention, these tools often simplify tasks for employees, meaning they get work done more quickly, ultimately reducing costs.
When it’s working well, information mobility should offer employees the opportunity to be as productive working remotely or on-the-go as they are in the office. Although these solutions mean employees can be available anywhere, managers should still take care to encourage valuable time away from work to reset and refresh.
In all, offering flexible working arrangements supported by cloud-based workforce mobility solutions can create real and noticeable benefits for businesses.
Brian Veloso is director of small business at SAP Concur Canada.
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