In the modern business world, taking steps to mobilize your workforce is more important than ever—especially when 43 percent of the U.S. workforce now spends at least some time out of the office working. People no longer see the workplace as a single physical space, such as an office, a desk, or a building. The traditional workplace has evolved from a place you go to accomplish tasks and chat with your colleagues around the water cooler. Today, the “office” is transforming into an instant access environment of technology and processes that enable employees to connect and collaborate from anywhere they are working.
The facts are undeniable. Employees who are given greater flexibility are more productive—sometimes as much as 13 percent more. With employees working both in and out of the office, it is important to ensure they can access the information and systems from different devices without disrupting their workflows. Employees who are connected to their company and each other are often more motivated to succeed. When handled correctly, technology solutions that support staying connected and cross-departmental collaboration from anywhere can effectively mobilize your workforce in a way that is beneficial to both the company and its employees.
In the past, work time was fixed—you arrived, worked diligently throughout the day at your desk, or perhaps on the shop floor, and went home. This standard, however, is disappearing. When and where the work day starts and finishes, and what happens when you’re there is being reimagined. The old “roll in at nine, punch out at five” culture is slipping away, and employees expect to be able to access tasks and information in their enterprise systems anywhere, anytime without being limited to a specific location or device.
Business leaders that take into account what employees need and want deliver more engaging work environments that ultimately improve employee satisfaction and drive productivity. Gallup reports that companies that address engagement needs and have highly engaged employees realize a 17 percent increase in productivity and as a result of being more present, productive, and observant of work processes—resulting in 21 percent greater profitability.
A happy workforce is a productive one, but allowing employees to work remotely or from home is only part of the happiness puzzle. It’s important to provide your employees with tools that truly empower them and help them get work done—but that doesn’t mean building more mobile apps.
Many employees find themselves overloaded and overwhelmed with work apps. In fact, a recent study pointed out that 69 percent of workers waste up to an hour each day navigating between apps. That’s a total of 32 days in wasted time per year!
Mobilizing your workforce is not simply providing mobile access to information and resources—it’s about supporting changes in working styles, integrating applications and streamlining workflows, and creating a seamless application experience—anywhere employees are working.
In other words, it’s not only about your employees having access to the tasks and information needed to recreate “the office”, but the experience they have using their work systems and completing tasks. Enterprises need to focus on providing employees with a consistent application experience that enables them to get work done without having to struggle with complex processes and workflows that aren’t suited to mobile devices.
Implementing an employee portal like Sapho allows organizations to simplify workflows and data access for mobile employees, making it easy for them to get work done wherever they are. Sapho proactively delivers tasks, and information from all your enterprise systems into a personalized workfeed that can be accessed on any device, intranet, or messenger. Employees benefit from a personalized, seamless experience that helps them stay connected to enable more effective task completion and smart-decision making that ultimately drives better business outcomes.