Five Reasons To Adopt A Mobile Workforce
In this day and age, with such widespread access to high-tech mobile technology, more and more businesses are turning to mobile workforces as a way to boost their productivity, cater to more client’s needs and broaden their horizons as a business. Indeed, IDC data predicts that the global mobile workforce will hit a staggering 1.3 billion by 2015, covering everything from care workers and cleaners (who have been remote for many years) to office workers, who are now more able to work from home thanks to technological advancements. The advantages of having a team of mobile employees working remotely cannot be overstated; here are the top five reasons for businesses to adopt a mobile workforce.
1. Technology Allows It
With cloud-based storage, remote workforce tracking systems and a myriad of other tools and resources that allow full control and monitoring of a mobile workforce, one of the best reasons for a business to adopt a remote team of employees is because they can. Many businesses may have explored this realm in the past, but with huge amounts of paperwork and logistical difficulties to overcome, the lack of technology has meant it is impossible. For those businesses: now is the time.
2. Employee Satisfaction
Picture the scene: no office politics, no struggle to remain productive whilst someone is having a loud telephone conversation at the next desk, no inflated prices at the communal canteen… working remotely has a myriad of benefits for employees. Opportunity Now reported that 78% of managers reported that flexible working options led to more motivated staff members, while 62% thought that remote working led to more responsive employees.
3. Efficiency and Effectiveness
For the businesses that have been making use of remote workforces for many years, such as the home care industry, the cleaning industry and the security industry, mobile working is no new phenomenon. One thing that has changed is the ability of managers to efficiently coordinate and organise the timetables of a workforce, monitoring their movements, ensuring they are where they’re supposed to be and paying them for the hours they work: no more, no less.
4. Expansion? No Problem
As the economy starts to take off again, many businesses might notice that they are receiving new clients by the truckload. For businesses that are restricted by the size of their office space or the dimensions of their working environment, this can be problematic; taking on new staff is practically impossible when desks are already crammed into every corner. With the right management tools and resources, remote workforces can be limitless. When a workplace isn’t defined by bricks and mortar, but rather by clocking in and working in numerous different locations, it is incredibly easy to expand the business.
5. Lose The Deadweight
One of the less obvious advantages of mobile workforces is that tracking is so sophisticated nowadays, it is much easier to see which employees are pulling their weight and which ones are more of a lead weight on the rest of the workforce. Mobile workforces cannot shelter behind their office mates or make excuses for poor performance; they are responsible for every element of their day, from navigating a route to ensuring they clock out on time, and those who are not up to the task can easily be rooted out and replaced with more efficient employees.