Mobile working is becoming more prevalent in the workplace. It is not unknown now for work places to have much of their work being done remotely at an employee’s home, or on the go as truly ‘mobile’ working. In this post we will look at some ideas around mobile working, and how it has changed the workplace and the modern way of working in general.

 

  • One of the biggest changes is the pace of work, and the output of work. It is generally seen as being true that mobile workers are working hard. The majority of mobile workers now work significantly more hours than the conventional employee. It is not unknown for mobile workers to put in around 50 to 60 hours a week on their work tasks. This means that they are working considerably harder than conventional office workers, who have a set time per day to be in the building and working. This shows that mobile working can increase productivity, but at the same time it shows that mobile working can simply make people work harder. Hopefully, this doesn’t mean that they are working harder than they should do.
  • Mobile workers are also more likely to use Wi-Fi that is unsecured. This is not necessarily a problem unless you have data that is highly sensitive. Mobile workers often drive to Wi-Fi spots to pick up Wi-Fi signals that are unsecured in order to work. This may have implications for the future, especially as employers are finding that mobile working is positive. The more employers encourage their workers to work remotely, the more likely the possibility that those employees will use unsecured Wi-Fi. This is definitely something for employers to consider as the mobile working revolution gathers in strength.
  • It is also interesting to see that more and more people see mobile working as being something they have a right to use as part of their life. More people are approaching employers to ask for the opportunity to work remotely. This is empowering for employees, but it is also placing pressure on employers. As noted previously in this blog, the quicker employers derive policies around mobile working, the quicker they will receive the benefits of having employees who are working effectively. Employees are becoming more empowered, true, but this empowerment should not get in the way of serving the company needs. It’s also important for employers to remember that laptops are still valuable to employees when it comes to mobile working. Many employees see laptops as being the mainstay of their mobile work life. It was predicted that tablets would take over mobile working, but this has not quite been the case as yet. As long as employers are able to provide laptops, they will have a happy workforce.

So there are some thoughts for this part of the year around the issue of mobile working. It continues to grow, but it is important that employers do it right, And are able to meet the needs of both their employees and their own company objectives.