Mobile working continue to go from strength to strength, with companies and organisations realising that their staff will actually work better and more efficiently if they are able to use their own devices access the network and on the move. It has been an incredible process and it seems like it is only just beginning. There are some issues and mistakes that companies and organisations are still making however. This article will go through two things that companies need to watch out for when they start to roll out their mobile working processes. Primarily, the issues revolve around culture and external pressure.
The first problem concerns the process itself. Everyone in an organisation, from the newest employee to the CEO, has to have a mobile device with full access to the network if a company or organisation is to make it part of the culture. It cannot be stressed enough that everyone has to buy into the process of mobile working. If the CEO is doing it and on the other side of the building a whole department isn't, then there is some disparity present, and this can only lead to resentment and a lack of communication. Organisations need to ensure that they buy into the mobile device culture. This means identifying the devices that are important for your organisation and then ensuring that everyone in the organisation has received one of these devices and full training, so that they can use it properly. If you are in any doubt about this, just consider the idea that if some people do not have the devices then they cannot communicate with their superiors or their peers and colleagues. This can only lead to less effort being put into work as people realise that they are 'not allowed' to use devices like other people. It will cause problems and it will cause resentment. In addition, it also shows that the company has confidence in mobile device working. If everyone has one and is trained on how to use it, using it will become the norm. The company will only benefit from mobile working if everyone is involved and committed to it.
Block out the noise
Companies also have to learn to ignore the noise from culture itself. The culture at the moment is very much fixated upon smartphones. It is not always the case that the company needs to outfit its organisation with smartphones for everyone. Instead, consider using notebooks, which are often less expensive and still have quite a lot of functionality. Companies and organisations need to be aware of what they need as a workforce, and how best to meet those needs. It doesn't always have to be through the latest and most expensive smartphone device.
These two aspects, ensuring that rollout is across a whole organisation and also ensuring that you choose a device that makes most common sense for your organisation, are the two main areas that companies need to focus on as they approach mobile working. If these two aspects are handled correctly then a company should have a truly mobile workforce rather than one that is plagued with communication problems and a lack of direction.