Technology has made society incredibly mobile, and that mobility has now transferred into the workplace.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports, “In 2016, on days they worked, 22 percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home”. They go on to say that “43 percent of workers with an advanced degree performed some work at home on days worked”.
As modern methods of communication and workflow management continue to make working remotely easier and more accessible, many businesses are adopting a more mobile-friendly approach to work.
By adopting a more mobile-friendly work environment, businesses are able to:
- Improve productivity
- Attract and retain more engaged workers
- Improve communication
- Lower costs
Remote workers have become a huge part of the American workforce.
As the New York Times reported, a Gallup survey of more than 15,000 adults found that “43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely.”
They also found that 31 percent of respondents reported working remotely four to five days a week. That’s nearly 1 in 3 respondents who said they worked nearly full-time from home or away from the office.
But how do you decide whether or not offering the ability for employees to work remotely is worthwhile?
As personal mobile devices have become more prevalent, more and more of today’s employees are preferring to use their personal devices to manage both work and personal information. After all, why have two devices doing the work that one of them could easily handle? That’s where BYOD comes in.
BYOD, which stands for Bring Your Own Device, is basically the concept of allowing employees to use one device - such as a smartphone or tablet for example - for both personal and work-related tasks. So instead of having one device for personal use and another device for business use, BYOD enables you to use one device for both purposes.
Advantages of Mobile Apps
The integration between personal smart phones, tablets and office phone systems can be a competitive advantage for SMBs. Businesses who understand how to seamlessly connect remote workers and take advantage of mobile applications (apps) will continue to excel.
See more about the advantages of mobile apps for businesses and organizations.