The Future of a Mobile Workforce
Ninety-five percent of Americans have a cell phone of some kind, according to Pew Research. For reference, there is a higher percentage of people that believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows than the percentage of people who do not own a cell phone. So, while one could reasonably claim that “everyone” knows that chocolate milk does not come from brown cows, it would actually be even more accurate to say everyone has a cell phone.
Many aspects of work have already changed because of mobile technology, but there is still so much room for improvement and progress. Remote work is one of the most obvious applications for mobile technology in the workplace. With 70 percent of the global workforce working remotely at least once a week—a 115 percent increase from 2005—remote work is no longer the future; remote work is the norm today.
So, where do we go from here?
Better Communication & Connection
Communication is foundational to any successful enterprise. Despite the many incredible benefits of remote work, it also poses some important challenges. A recent HBR study revealed that remote workers feel “shunned and left out.” To resolve this, HBR recommends companies create better communication with remote employees through face-to-face or voice-to-voice contact. Improving communication with remote workers should be an ongoing effort.
Systems & Processes
Modern technology has enabled some incredible systems that automate and streamline previously manual processes. As companies continue to adopt mobile technology, we will see improved processes from smart technology. For example, with procurement software, users experience firsthand the benefits of mobile technology. Approvers don’t have to choose between their kid’s soccer game and preventing a bottleneck by delaying approval of a purchase request. With one-click approval, you can be where you want to be and do what you need to do at the same time.
Though the majority of workers are sometimes remote, companies still face the challenge of knowing how to manage expectations. Mobile tech makes remote work very effective, but there are still times when physical presence is preferable. As companies navigate and experiment what works best for them, we will likely see more concrete expectations.
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