The concept of the mobile workforce is relatively new, at least
in terms of our understanding of what it is to be mobile.
Being mobile at one time meant being able to commute from
one location to another but by today’s standards,
being mobile refers to enhanced capabilities
to work from any location without restriction or hindrance.
The mobile workforce has a number of advantages that we will explore here and they are all down to the technology that allows the workforce to tap into the vital resources they need to complete their jobs. This means so much more than email access to allow company executives to find out what’s happening back in the office. This means being able to work as fully as you
might if you were still in the office.
Businesses in all industries are opting for mobile working
It is a fact that more and more businesses are looking at the advantages of going mobile. You might think of certain businesses in particular industries as being mobile but it is true to say that nowadays businesses in most industries are thinking about becoming more mobile. Everyone right down to the customer service team may be able to work from home, whether this is done by phone or by tapping into the network to use company databases and access customer details. There are ways for every department of every business to create a mobile workforce. Portable tablets like the iPad make this possible, along with various other technological advances made over recent years.
All professions can benefit from mobile technology
Whilst there will always be professions that must have face-to-face interaction with clients, there are ways to make the process more mobile. A doctor will need to meet their patient in order to assess their needs but they may be able to bring with them an iPad with relevant applications in order to enhance treatment and diagnosis, for instance. Being able to access information when you need it no matter where you are based is of course hugely beneficial in such circumstances. This realisation has caused many businesses in similar professions to think about the inclusion of mobile technology in their day-to-day practices.
Business applications can make day-to-day working more efficient
There are countless business applications that can be installed onto the iPad to help people carry out their daily work-related duties from any location without impacting their performance and productivity. Not only do you get a much happier workforce that no longer need to commute to the office to complete their tasks, but you can save on energy costs as they power their devices from their homes. As your in-house workforce shrinks your electricity bill might too, plus the devices will not all be equally susceptible to the same risk of power surges as they will all be based in different locations and hooked up to different power sources. In the event that the electricity in the office should cut-out, the devices based off site will still be functional – as will your business.
The trend towards working with increased mobility is growing and becoming popular by the day. If you are operating within a highly competitive industry then this may be one way for you to remain ahead of the game.