The following is an excerpt from Powernet’s latest white paper, “The Mobile Workplace: How Businesses are Embracing Mobility to Improve Key Performance Indicators.”
With more than 75% of businesses seeing or expecting to see significant benefits from their mobility initiatives, there’s a lot to gain through mobile adoption. Here are the benefits of enterprise mobility:
It’s not too difficult to see how mobility improves productivity for sales professionals. If they only worked leads from their desk, they wouldn’t have time to work many leads, resulting in fewer deals closed. But what about other roles? It depends on the sector. Human resources teams are often deployed off-site in construction. Maintenance workers and business services professionals are also often on the move. These people, and many others, need to be mobile-enabled in order to maximize the use of their time.
At the other end of the spectrum, some employees simply work better outside of the office. A self-controlled environment with fewer distractions can significantly improve productivity. All told, 74% of employers surveyed by Intel cited productivity as a reason for mobile adoption (meeting employee requirements was the second-most frequent response at 42%), and businesses utilizing mobile initiatives saw increases in employee productivity improve by 21%1.
Surprisingly, only 27% of employers cited saving money as a reason to pursue enterprise mobility, while 36% of people in the same study cited cost of implementation as one of the top three barriers to enterprise mobility2. But only considering implementation costs doesn’t take into account the bigger picture.
Hosted communications solutions can drastically cut equipment and management costs for telecommunications systems. Likewise, despite requiring additional attention from a security standpoint, BYOD programs improved cost-savings by 17%1. Additional savings can be found in the need for less office space and supplies as well.
As mentioned earlier, mobility is all about freedom, and who doesn’t like freedom? Mobility translates to flexibility for many works. With a lot of employees on different schedules and some salaried employees expected to answer to company emergencies and flash fires at any time of day, mobility gives them more control of their work-life balance, an increasingly important consideration for many on the job market. And the numbers bear this out: Implementing mobile initiatives improved employee retention and/or recruitment by 21%1.
1TechInsights Report: Enterprise Mobility - It’s All About the Apps. CA Technologies, 2014.