When we talk about mobility, we often tend to focus on the actual devices that allow us to work remotely such as smartphones, tablets or laptops.
However, to be truly mobile, we need to think beyond the device. We need to focus on the concept of the ‘mobility of data’ – the intellectual property of the business.
Mobility is the experience of being productive on any device through the use of apps and the secure access to data. It’s not enough to simply swap a desktop device for one that’s mobile. For mobility to be a game-changer, productivity needs to be at the centre of what’s important.
The benefits of mobility can be measured in several ways, as prospective productivity gains can be realized at both personal and business levels. From a personal standpoint, employees are empowered with the freedom of choice. They can decide when, how and where they work based on what makes them feel most productive, which can also enhance their work-life balance.
Moreover, an organization can achieve business benefits through productivity gains as a result of a mobile workforce, including:
- Getting the best hire: HR departments can recruit the single best hire for the position – no matter the location. Not only can a search expand nationally or globally, HR can also provide the added selling point of a flexible, mobile company to entice recruits.
- Minimizing security risks: With application and desktop virtualization, the IT team can provide the tools for employees to be productive and keep data secure when accessing the network from anywhere – even if they’re connecting from the newest devices on the market.
- Increasing productivity and retention: Employees feel the benefits of a flexible work environment as they can connect from anywhere, anytime. Ultimately, this can also improve work-life balance.
- Improving collaboration amongst global teams: Access to technology that enables virtual meetings allows for collaboration amongst team members, regardless of location.
- Cost savings: Facilities managers can better manage costs and space as more employees are able to work outside of the office, or increase the utilization of space in an existing office with unassigned seating.
In fact, when Citrix moved away from assigned desk space and seating, we saw significant benefits. Citrix experienced a 50% increase in space utilization, while 91% of employees described the changes as positive and 45% of employees stated their productivity improved as a result of shifting to a digital workplace.
For an organization to truly experience the benefits of a mobile or digital workplace, both employees and managers have to adapt to a new way of working. Gone are the days of the corner office and the perception that the first person in and the last person out is the most productive. Managers have to shift their thinking to manage on output instead of mentoring and managing employees who are physically present.