Flexible working, mobile working, remote working. Whatever you want to call it – it cannot be ignored by businesses.
A survey carried out suggested that 42% of people spent half of their working week working remotely. Does this sound about right for your business?
For some; working 9-5; Monday to Friday at a desk suits just fine and they have no desire to do anything different. For other; being mobile, working remotely and flexibly works best and is necessary to get the job done.
It is clear the mobile working and flexibility within working hours and locations is on the rise. As an employer; how do you begin to bring this into your organisation, or expand on it if you already do and find a solution that suits your business as well as your employees?
Why is there a rise in mobile working?
There has always been some sort of requirement to travel with work, look after children or suit your working hours to miss the traffic. But, why now is it becoming more widespread, with flexibility almost expected?
74% of office workers believe flexible working makes them more productive. And that’s what we want from our employees. To enable them to maximise their productivity by giving them the tools to do so and contribute to your business making profit.
Firstly; technology has enabled us to work from virtually anywhere. The devices and systems we are using are becoming smarter, with a secure internet connection we can use mobile devices, tablets and laptops to securely access emails and documents (with the right measures in place) removing the need of having to be in the office to be connected.
Do you check your emails before you even get out of bed in the morning?
Research shows that 79% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up.
The lines between work and personal life have been blurry for some time now. The accessibility of work during our personal time and ability and acceptability of carrying out personal tasks during our work time is increasing. Therefore it is important to have the right strategy in place to do flexible working well.
Embrace technology to build solutions
Work-life balance is important and it is key to ensure employees are not glued to their smart phones or laptops all the time. However, during working hours, when there are decisions to be made and customers to answer, it is vital that employees are available: if they are in the office or on the move. And technology will enable you to make this happen.
A digital strategy that embraces technology and gives employees the tools to get the job done is the key to success. Technologies such as Hosted Voice and Cloud can allow employees are on the move and working in different locations access the same tools regardless of their location. The process and regulations put in place such as a minimum of one working day in the office per week, video conferencing every other day are a couple of examples of what it takes to make flexible working work.
Give employees the tools they need to do their job effectively.