Mobile workforces continue to grow as market trends and business challenges call for anytime, anywhere access to company resources from any device. At the current rate of increase, 42.5% of the global workforce will be mobile by 2022. But while enterprise mobility requires innovative technology, it doesn’t have to be only a cost line item.
In fact, an effective mobility strategy can actually generate value for your business. Here’s how.
1. Boost employee productivity
Employees needn’t be tethered to a desktop computer or ensconced in a boardroom to be productive. Thanks to business collaboration tools, employees can use their mobile devices to conduct online meetings with colleagues in Tokyo, host PowerPoint presentations from a hotel room and send an instant message to a manager with a quick question. Better yet, because many of these tools are completely integrated, employees can collaborate directly within the productivity apps they’re accustomed to.
2. Rethink your office space
With the advent of unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) technologies, IP-based applications and services are integrated across desk phones, PCs, laptops and mobile devices. Using any device, employees can work from anywhere, inside or outside the physical office space. The result: square footage that’s more about real-time collaboration than offices and cubicles.
3. Attract and retain top talent
No two employees’ wireless needs are the same. The good news? Carefully selected mobile services can cater to a wide variety of wireless needs.
Enterprises win in two key ways: first, allowing employees to work the way they want can lead to greater employee satisfaction and higher retention rates. And by supporting mobile work arrangements, companies widen their talent pools to recruit workers from anywhere.
4. Simplify IT management
The best mobility strategies not only boost employee productivity but alleviate IT headaches. For example, a mobile business communications system can eliminate unused landlines, thereby reducing the burden of traditional telephony on IT infrastructure. And with a Telecom Expense Management solution, businesses can quickly gain insight into employee usage patterns, as well as free up valuable resources by outsourcing telecom and IT license management.
5. Reduce costs
The best mobile plans offer competitive rates that don’t penalize employees for working the way they want. Case in point: shareable and flexible wireless plans that help businesses predict data costs and provide an easy way to prevent wireless overage charges.
And then there are cloud-based communication solutions. Not only do they work seamlessly on mobile devices, but their pay-per-use approach scales with company growth. The best-in-class offerings also allow users to access advanced business phone features without downloading and launching apps, thereby simplifying communications while on the go.
From productivity gains to cost savings, a smart mobility strategy can turn a technology investment into a key competitive edge.