As more employees work remotely, organizations that are wanting to attract top talent need to adjust. How your organization embraces the mobile teammate culture will determine its future.
There is a radical shift in how people work. No longer are people tied to desks and offices, but rather can operate at coffee shops, hotels, and airports just as well. Over the last ten years, there has been a significant shift from desktop to mobile, allowing employees more freedom to get their work done outside the physical office. Work is changing to what you can do and is not focused on where. Michael Park, Vice President and General Manager of Mobility at HP states that
This idea particularly resonates among the growing Millenial workforce, who are expected to make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2020.
As a result, organizations are finding ways to embrace this growing mobile culture. Approximately 7 percent of companies have developed mobile apps to facilitate workflows for their employees. Moreover, nearly 75 percent of business travelers take at least three devices with them, a smartphone as the primary device.
Not so Fast…Company Culture Slow to Adapt
While mobility is on the rise, not all organizations have been quick to adapt at the same pace. There is still a sense that for the important work to get done, an office is still needed. Two barriers that many organizations struggle with when considering a move to mobile are company culture and access to the right technology.
While the Millennial workforce is adept at using mobile to complete their work, not everyone is on the same page. To embrace a mobile workforce requires the executives at the top first to embrace the new style of work. When a company is ready to embrace mobility, it takes time and planning. Getting the right technology in place so that employees have access to the tools, applications, data, and people to be just as, if not more, productive than they would be in a traditional office setting is critical.
A Widening Gap between Mobile Teammates and Traditional Work Cultures
The Millennial workforce, as a whole, is actively looking for jobs that offer the flexibility to working from multiple locations. Nearly 62% of people work from home or at offsite locations. As organizations compete over talent acquisition, there will likely be more accommodations made for those who are interested in working outside of a traditional office setting.
If employers want to hire top talent, offering mobile solutions that enable the same workflow and technology experience at work, on the go, or at home, is a must. Studies have suggested that employees who use mobile apps for work are 34 percent more productive. In short, it’s a win, win.
3 Steps Towards a Mobile Workforce
The Millennial workforce is growing a fast pace and will make up nearly three-quarters of the work population by 2020. To begin preparing for more mobile teammates, take these proactive steps to attract and retain top talent.
- Survey and Actively Discuss Mobile Workflows – the first step is to discuss mobility with your team. Is your team happier working in an office, or have there been suggestions of working remotely? Survey and determine how your team best works and is the most productive.
- Determine the right technology needed for a mobile workforce – there is nothing more frustrating than a company that has remote workers but does not provide the right technology to enable the same experience as in the physical office. Research and determine the right technology. Test it out and ensure it can scale as the organization scales.
- Beta Test Remote Working and Collect the Data – the best thing you can do, once you have determined there be an interest in remote working, and have purchased and put the right technology together, is to do a beta test. Allow your team to begin working remotely a few days a week. Collect data, record meeting experiences, work productivity, and other key metrics. These will allow you to make the best-informed decision once the beta test is complete.
Over to You
Does your organization embrace the mobile workforce? Why or why not? What technology does your company use to create a similar experience that allows your team to be just as, if not more, productive than the physical office? Leave a comment below.