There’s no denying that we are well and truly in the midst of a digital revolution, with endless devices entering the market, all offering to change the way we interact in our daily lives. From new smartphones and laptops to virtual reality devices and wearable tech, we are constantly surrounded by innovative and cutting-edge gadgets.
And it’s not just our personal lives that are being influenced by new technology. More and more businesses are recognising the benefits of introducing new devices into the workplace, and as a result are becoming more tech-savvy. To truly understand just how much impact the digital revolution is having on the business world, we put together a report looking into the current state of mobile working in the UK.
Our study of 200 mobile workers and 200 business owners across varying sectors found that flexible working and increased productivity were the top reasons for adopting mobile working technology. 58% of businesses implementing mobile working said they believe it had added to productivity. And in fact, 72% of mobile workers admitted they work harder now, compared to when they were not mobile.
This increased productivity is often a result of the flexibility that mobile working provides. Giving staff the freedom to work from home or out on site means they can schedule their job around other commitments, work in an environment they are comfortable with and also achieve a healthy work-life balance. And a happier workforce makes for a more productive workforce.
Not only this, but a harder working team of employees will also help to reduce business costs and increase efficiency. 39% of the business owners we surveyed confirmed this, saying the increased productivity has contributed to business savings. Take into account the amount many companies spend on paper work and admin processes per year, and it becomes clear that businesses could be saving themselves a fortune by adopting new technology.
Despite these visible benefits for both businesses and their employees, our report surprisingly revealed that a large number of companies are still reluctant to get on board and are not taking advantage of the tools available. When asked about which types of mobile technology businesses and employees had already adopted, email, the cloud and file sharing came out as the most commonly used. Only 36% used smartphones as an aid to working and as little as 11% used tablets, with a tiny 4% using mobile forms as opposed to paper ones.
Some of the common reasons behind this reluctance towards adopting mobile working include security issues, the cost of investing in new technology and handling IT and internet problems. Nearly three quarters (74%) said that security issues were holding them back and 70% were worried about the costs of technology. IT and internet problems were a concern for 53% of business owners.
From this, we can see that many businesses are being held back by a number of simple factors that can be easily addressed. It’s important for company owners to try and overcome these barriers or they may risk being left behind by the competition – something an encouraging 86% of businesses recognised.
To keep ahead of the competition, firms need to make themselves stand out and offer customers something new and innovative such as the ability to make mobile payments. A good mobile solution provider will be able to tailor a platform to the specific needs or size of a business to keep them ahead of the curve.
When it comes to concerns surrounding security, many mobile working platforms, such as WorkMobile, provide safe and secure ways to store data. This is because these platforms are hosted on the cloud, and so when files are saved, they are automatically backed-up and sensitive information can be locked down if necessary.
We’re passionate about mobile technology and helping open businesses up to endless possibilities. I really do think now is the time for companies to be investing in new devices and technologies. Not only this, but by embracing this new working style, businesses can position themselves as more attractive places to work and offer flexible processes to help retain a happy and motivated workforce.