The Mobile Future

Mobiles are a massive topic at the minute. They give us the world at our fingertips and allow us to be on the go, 24/7, non-stop. They have become our daily companion and a lot of us couldn’t be without our little hand-held devices.

Have you ever seen the dread on a person’s face if they’ve left their mobile at home? Or if, god forbid, it runs out of battery? And as more of us rely on these devices to navigate and function through our working day, we asked Sales Director and mobile expert, Matt Simpson – what does the mobile future hold?

“Since the development of the first smartphone, the way people communicate on a daily basis has evolved ten-fold. But it’s not just in our personal lives. The workplace has also had a shake-up. As the technology in mobile phones has become more sophisticated, it has enabled what I like to call, the instant.

Everything can be done at the touch of a button, sometimes in seconds, whilst on the go. What’s more, they offer a flexibility that employees now demand when considering their ideal workplaces. Mobile phones have even scuppered the traditional desk phone as the preferred method for communicating. Things have changed and businesses need to keep up.

Smartphones enable workers to access emails easily, which has become the preferred means of external and internal communication while at work, whilst allowing instant access to the internet, applications and messaging services. This has solidified mobile devices, such as mobile phones and tablets, as the number one for workplaces for it’s ability to drive productivity.”

“Nearly half of all workers feel they are more productive when they utilise their mobile device. In fact, according to Forbes device supported mobility improves workflows by 30% and increases productivity by 23%. And if that’s not reason enough, there’s more …

Not only does eliminating the barrier of poor communication methods increase productivity, it also improves employee satisfaction by removing them from the shackles of their desks. With device led workplaces, employees can better manage the work-life balance.

Becuase, when we think about it—hasn’t the conventional 9-to-5 fixed schedule become a thing of the past? More flexibility increases happiness and happy employees work more efficiently. And this, makes  employers happy. Businesses are taking note of this and it now plays a role in every aspect of their business strategy. After all, we all want to attract and retain highly productive employees.”

“So what does the future hold? Well, the good news is, lots of employers and employees around the UK are adapting to and benefiting from mobility in the workplace. Around 36 percent of users joining conference calls do so now via their mobile devices – a number which is expected to surpass 50% by 2020.

And that’s just the start. I imagine that in the next 6 -12 months, businesses will make even more use of mobiles for basic work place functionality. Forget the demise of the desk-phone, there’s the potential demise of the laptop as mobiles get bigger, more advanced and quicker.

Plus, with current tech trends and the introduction of 5G and it’s superior 1Gbps speeds, I expect more businesses will take advantage of these lightning fast data downloads to save on costly hardware, as employees will be able do everything on one relatively inexpensive device.”

“All of this, in just the next 12 months suggests mobile is the way forward and if you’re not on board, you need to start looking at how you can make the first steps. But not every company has the knowledge or experience to successfully incorporate mobiles into their working culture.

Luckily, we do, and we can help. By investing time and energy into workplace mobility at your company, you can reap the benefits of productive, happy employees – the lifeblood of your business for years to come. Isn’t that what we all want?”

So there you have it … the mobile future according to Matt. But what do you think? Are mobiles good for the workplace or have they become a distraction? Let us know your thoughts!

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