Once upon a time, our working lives stayed within the four walls of the office. But times are changing: the modern workforce requires more flexibility and the ability to work on the go. Indeed, forecasts indicate that by 2019, seventeen percent of people will work with just their mobile device.
With 58 percent of office space lying empty on any given day, one thing has become clear: the world of work has broken free. Scroll down for the infographic.
How going mobile improves your bottom line
Some think that mobile working is counter-intuitive; surely, they say, employees require supervision to get anything done?
They don’t. It’s no accident that the best organisations are becoming more mobile-friendly. After all, employers derive just as much value from remote work as their employees do.
Don’t believe us? Here’s five ways that a mobile workforce improves your bottom line.
1. Mobile employees work harder
Seventy-seven percent of mobile workers get more done in less time than their non-mobile counterparts, because they have fewer distractions like meetings, conversations and noisy co-workers. Each mobile worker is estimated to produce 240 extra hours of work per year. That’s 6 additional weeks of work and £3,849 of captured value per worker.
2. A mobile workforce increases competitiveness
Thirty-four percent of global organisations recognise that a mobile workforce gives them a competitive advantage. Not only does it improve their employee productivity, but it’s a win for customer retention and sales – mobile working means responding to customer enquiries faster and working sales leads on-the-go.
3. Mobile workers reduce costs
Organisations adopting mobile workstyles report a reduction in their overheads. There are two key areas where cost reduction takes place:
● Travel – When employees work remotely (like from home), businesses save money as they get less travel-related expense claims. A mobile worker can chair an online meeting using Skype, all from the comfort of their own home. There’s no longer a need for them to charge the business for travel to a client’s premises.
● Real estate – When some (or all) of you employees work remotely, you don’t need a large office space. This doesn’t just reduce your rent, but also other overheads like electricity, gas and water.
4. Mobile working policies help you attract and retain talent
Over the past decade, young professionals have increasingly adopted the lifestyle of a ‘digital nomad.’ They expect flexibility in their working life, and the ability to leverage technology to achieve it – and they want to work for businesses that can provide this experience.
Indeed, 44 percent of organisations report better talent retention due to mobile working improving their employee’s work/life balance. You can also retain aging workers longer; no one’s too old to work from home.
Not only that, 47 percent of organisations say they’ve become more attractive to candidates during the hiring process thanks to mobile working. In fact, most millennials say that mobile working would greatly increase their interest in specific employers.
5. Mobile working ensures business continuity
Your business needs to be able to endure disaster, like a fire, flood, theft or cyberattack. If everything is in one place (like on physical servers, for example) and you lose access, your business has a major problem.
But if you have cloud-based storage you can access everything you need, on any device, from anywhere. Remote working can keep your business alive and operating no matter what happens, minimising the cost and scale of business interruption.
Empower your mobile workforce
You now know why you should embrace the concept of a mobile workforce. But how do you implement that vision?
Your best bet is Microsoft Office 365, the anywhere, always-on mobile productivity platform that can enable mobile working in your organisation. Employees can access familiar tools like Outlook, Word, Excel, Skype for Business and Yammer anytime, anywhere. They can also access all the documents they need securely, on any device, to help themselves be more productive.
Not convinced? According to a Forrester study, migrating to Office 365 can save a 2,500-person company more than £2.1 million by enabling a more productive mobile workforce. The numbers don’t lie.
If you would like to learn more about empowering your mobile workforce, tune into Microsoft’s Modern Workplace Webcast series and download our whitepaper on transforming your IT from overhead to a competitive advantage.