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Impact of Mobile Technology on Workplace Productivity

By Steven Scheck

December 5, 2016

Over the years, mobile technology has turned out to be a staple for personal as well as business purposes.

Owing to the convenience, speed and efficiency, mobile has become one of the go-to technologies for most. Corporate mobility has picked up momentum with the increased usage of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets by employees for their work-related activities. Such infiltration has also encouraged many companies to leverage the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) concept to mobilize their workforce.

With the new innovations in technology, the requirements of employees have evolved massively. Various mobile applications and services have mushroomed to address these needs. As a result, the impact of mobile technology on the workplace has been huge.

Here are some of the major impacts that mobile technology has on the workplace productivity.

Enhanced Portability

Mobile technology involves a combination of wireless devices that have networking capabilities and web-based collaboration applications and tools. Owing to their increased portability, employees can carry their sleek tablets to work for the presentations instead of lugging bulky stacks of documents, thus making it a more convenient option.

Employees can access data and resources of the company to complete their online activities and operations without being tied down to a single location. In other words, with the usage of mobile technology, employees can carry around their office with them.

Increased Flexibility

Today’s workforce is more mobile than ever. In fact, it is predicted that by 2017, the total number of mobile phone users will rise to 4.77 billion.

Mobile technology provides employees the benefit of working on the go. This increases productivity considerably since employees can stay connected at all times, thus increasing worker availability and generation of work.

This has led to the rise of flexible working hours. This means fewer expenses for brick and mortar offices and reduced employee relocation costs. Therefore, the focus will shift entirely to talent instead of location.

Consumerization of IT

With the frequent changes in technology, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to keep up with the upgradation process. As a result, the trend of employees bringing their own devices to work has been on the rise. This has led to companies capitalizing on the consumerization trends.

Businesses that implement the potential of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) can provide free WiFi for their employees which they can utilize on their mobile devices. Such self-sufficiency can improve productivity and generate more revenue for businesses.

According to Mark Coates, EMEA VP of Good Technology, “By enabling employees to securely and easily access corporate data on their own device, productivity levels will naturally increase. In terms of cost savings, there are huge benefits, since SMBs will not have to manage and fund a second device for employees”.

The Rise of Mobile Recruiting Trends

With the mobile Internet user penetration slated to rise to 63.4% by 2017, its impact is already being felt on the recruitment landscape.

The mobile recruiting trend has gained ground recently. In fact, it was found in an online survey that 90% of jobseekers use mobile devices to look for job opportunities. Therefore, companies are increasingly optimizing their hiring processes to suit the mobile requirements.

Sometimes jobseekers may start a job search and leave the application procedure midway owing to their location. According to Jeff Mills, Director of Solution Marketing for Recruiting and Onboarding at SuccessFactors/SAP, “Mobile platforms provide a way of capturing their interest and remarking it back to them for ongoing targeted campaigns to your talent community.”

Growth of Global Businesses

All businesses start out with clear strategies for growth. Expanding businesses to other countries and diversifying the markets require a concrete strategy that can lead to productivity and a scope for increased revenue. This is where mobile technology comes in.

It allows instant access to client and employee data at a distant location. Therefore, businesses no longer remain restricted by global barriers. This has led to the rise of the global workforce. This also promotes the 24/7 global workplace where employees can stay connected.

The impact of mobile technology has been felt across all domains of business. With an increased automation, this trend is predicted to continue shaping business decisions and opening up further avenues to change the way we work.

 

This article was written by Steven Scheck from Business2Community and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.