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The workplace is not what it was before, with employers embracing technological advances and introducing more flexibility to the work environment
Employees can now work remotely from a place of their choice, and stay connected to the ins and outs of the business without even stepping into the office
Cloud based technology is changing the face of businesses everywhere. According to IT services company Landmark Technologies, IBM predicts that workloads hosted on the public Cloud to grow by 44% in the next few years.
The mobile workforce of the future will be based in a virtual computing environment that is not location dependent. Professional firm PwC shared that employees offered the opportunity to work from home are 48% more likely to rate their job satisfaction as 10/10.
A 2013 research by Vodafone UK shows that British businesses could save up to £34bil (RM190bil) by freeing up desk spaces and encouraging flexible working practices.
This stops employees from being tied to a designated location in the office, and businesses can save on property and fixed desk costs.
Vodafone UK also shared that staff turnover as well as absence rates improved due to this new working condition.
A mobile workforce increases opportunities for employees to collaborate and work in teams. However, for this to succeed, employees must be able to work remotely and therefore have reliable mobile data.
This is achievable via Maxis FlexiShare. The group plan allows the sharing of data in businesses, and companies can decide who gets what amount of data, as well as reset employee’s quota any time via the Maxis ONEBusiness Hub Portal.
Whether there are 5 or 100 employees, FlexiShare has a range of plans to cater to different company sizes.
A mobile-accessible workforce could improve the communication among employers, employees and clients.
Since employees are essentially taking their office with them wherever they go, they can send e-mails while commuting to work, participate in conference calls while out of office, or draft letters while on the go.
The 2015 VMware State of Business Mobility Report shared that businesses that have embraced mobility notice significant benefits, especially in productivity and effectiveness.
The report showed that organisations that had achieved their business mobility goals were 35% faster in bringing new revenue streams online compared to companies that only focused on individual productivity needs.
There was also a 150% return on investment due to the increased agility that allowed the business to capitalise on new revenue opportunities.
Using mobile technology to work remotely is a motivator for many employees. According to mobile app management platform Apperian, its 2015 Enterprise Mobility survey showed that employee mobility leads to 30% better processes and 23% more productivity.
Pair that with the new BYOD (bring your own device) trend, and it would encourage employees to access company services and apps using a device of their choice.
As more tech tools are introduced, employees – especially the younger generation – have more say in what devices they will use for work. This gives the employees a chance to use the technology they are more comfortable with and work together seamlessly, while keeping in touch and improving productivity.