Embracing Mobility in Your Small Business
Rapid development in the realms of mobile networked digital devices and cloud-based software tools and collaboration environments has fundamentally changed the nature of work. Laptops, netbooks, tablets, and smart phones along with creative new online project and team management software platforms have set workers free of the limitations of physical office spaces and business hours. A new age of flexible and remote working is opening up.
Networked technology coupled with the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) paradigm is empowering the creation of a mobile, dispersed workforce that is redefining the way work gets done. What used to seem impossible is becoming the norm as data from the Office of National Statistics reveals that over 4.2 million people across a range of industries were working from home in 2015. That number continues to grow, and projections have half the UK workforce working remotely by 2020.
Statistics are piling up to show that working remotely is good for employees, the environment, and companies’ bottom lines alike. It’s a global phenomenon now, most workers who have tried it like it, those who do telecommute part of the time wish to put in more remote hours, and businesses large and small are adapting to the trend. Mobility can lower costs, streamline day-to-day operations, and increase productivity. As the availability of mobile devices and web-based applications spreads, business mobility is going mainstream.
Business mobility refers to the capability to operate as a mobile office. Effective mobility is based on having anytime, anywhere access to critical business information in addition to the capability for staff members to communicate, collaborate, and accomplish project planning and work objectives unbound by time and location constraints. Business mobility may also include providing mobile point-of-sale technology and location-independent customer relationship management systems.
Get Empowered by the Cloud
Of course, certain types of work have always demanded mobile capabilities. This remains true in the digital age, but the range of what can be accomplished and the efficiency with which tasks and projects can be completed have both increased dramatically. Cloud-based computing makes access to enterprise-grade software tools easier and more secure than in the past, and refined content management/user interface systems create a user-friendly environment that supports productive mobile work.
A nice thing about the new world of mobile work is that small business can now take advantage of powerful tools and strategies that were formerly unique to large enterprises with extensive IT support capabilities. All that’s required is investment in a hosted all-in-one project management/resource planning tool like Timewax , a set of employee mobile devices or a BYOD policy, and any training your team needs to successfully navigate the digital transition.
Do Big Things with Your Small Business
Creating a mobile project management infrastructure and supporting employees in the leveraging of remote work models is a sure way to increase productivity. Maximizing efficiency will let a small team take on higher volumes of work or bigger projects. Depending on the type of enterprise your run and the sector you operate in, going mobile could also open up entirely new fields of opportunity.
Why wait to step into the fast-growing world of business mobility and flexible, remote work? Work is changing, and the evolution is taking place on a global scale. When everyone is going mobile, remaining immobile is not a viable option.