Opportunities for mobile working are making companies and organisations more efficient and more effective. This is really becoming clear in the corporate world, where more and more companies are signing up for what would once have been called ambitious mobile working schemes. These days, many companies don't think twice about having their employees working from home and venturing out only to liaise with managers every now and then, cutting down on costs that are associated with office space and other utilities like heating and light. These overheads are being cut through mobile working. A recent example has shown how it can work in the public sector.
Fife council in Scotland has developed a mobile flexible working programme, which has already seen many of its employees develop a much more varied and flexible working style. Many now work from home for much of the week, and submit work documents and other data electronically, therefore cutting down on paperwork and other administrative tasks that drain money and resources. The programme is proving to be so successful already that some estimates are showing that the financial savings alone are proving the benefits of mobile working. The council expects to save £20 million from the programme.
An app does all the work
One aspect of the new way of mobile working is an app that the council has invested in. This app allows document sharing from a remote place, so that files can be sent quickly and easily from the council employee to council offices. Perhaps one of the best examples of this comes from the buildings services division, which allows employees to start work from home and send in updates that would normally consume paper. This means that these employees are able to spend more of their time working in the field than going to the office to check in.
The building services division is also finding that the fact they can be located quickly due to the new mobile working ethos means that they can be sent out to jobs that are not far away from where they are located, therefore becoming more efficient as they work. This cuts down on time wasting and unnecessary costs on fuel etc. This is clear evidence of the way that mobile working is producing significant cost-savings and efficiency boosts for organisations.
One useful aspect about the app that Fife council are using is that the app is not limited by connectivity problems. The app very cleverly has a strong enough Wi-Fi signal before it sends documents and data off to the council office. This makes it much easier for workers to create all the information, without having to worry about having a connection. A leading council employee has stated that she expects 90% of council workers to be using some form of this mobile working solution for the next few months.
This shows that a good and strong mobile working solution can really transform the work of an organisation. With quicker and more efficient times for delivering data and information, work gets done faster and more effectively. And the cost savings are huge.