Workplace mobility is quickly impacting business of all sizes. There are still enterprises that shy away from this approach, but with the uprise in popularity of cloud computing and technology that allows workers to take their tasks anywhere, it’s only a matter of time before mobility becomes norm.
By mobility we don’t just mean the ability to access services through smartphones, tablets or laptops. We’re talking about workplace mobility, that is, the ability for employees to accommodate both their physical and digital environments to their convenience.
It’s fair that this concept may not be entirely convincing to those already set in the conventional 9-5 stable-office-location way, but this article may convince otherwise.
Innovation and motivation matter in all workplaces. When there is something innovative going on, people become inspired and enthusiastic. As companies search endlessly for ways to have an advantage over their competitors, they overlook that revamping their internal work-space culture is key to gain that edge.
Traditional office spaces with enforced attendance and assigned seating may be the norm but that does not mean they’re the best option. We’re not saying that employers shouldn’t provide their workers with a physical location to work from and should force them to work from their living rooms or local coffee shops. Instead, we are making the case for open workplaces with unassigned seatings to support various activities.
It’s suggested that such a place support creative work, confidential calls, and that it be equipped with small and large meeting rooms.
As a business, the payoffs are higher employee productivity and lower costs. Eliminating the costs of rethinking the workspace every time a new member is added and the cost of dedicating a space for each employee who is not always in the office is a plus. For employees, the flexibility of being able to relocate and work remotely on select days goes a long way.
Whether it be a large corporation or a small agency, the real-time benefits of an open workspace at a glance:
Real-estate costs of a business are optimized
The need to rethink facilities when a new employee joins is eliminated
Carbon footprint is reduced
Even if your employees choose to do most of their work on the office site, having digital mobility within the workspace is essential to allow your team to communicate in real-time. This will also offer a better user experience for clients, contract staff, traveling employees and those that may be working from home sick.
There are a few ways to enable remote access. Remote desktop software and virtual private networks are some popular solutions. Newer ones like file sharing and gateways that deliver access to corporate resources from any location and device (like cloud computing and virtualization) are also becoming staple.
61% of workers work outside the office at least part of the time anyways
Employees use at least 3 different devices for work a day
From 2014 to 2015 the number of devices that enterprises manage has increased by 72%
Device diversity is greatest in EMEA, where mobile devices used for work are typically corporate-issued
Unsurprisingly, the majority of employees are willing and able to adopt the remote way of working. Providing workers with this option can boost overall workplace satisfaction and increase retention-rates. Companies seeking to make this shift, however, must ensure the digital aspects of their workflow remain unscathed.
Efforts should be made to ensure that the security, scalability, and visibility of company operations does not suffer through this transition. Inadvertently disclosing personal information, breaking the capacity of the company’s network with the addition of more mobile devices, and creating more network access issues are just some repercussions that come of not carefully planning a shift. Remember that company disaster is not the point of going remote -- gaining an edge in efficiency is.
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