It’s not just Millennials declaring BYOD programs as the key to increased productivity.
Bring-your-own-device initiatives are less a trend and more a signpost of a much bigger business shift: workforce mobilization.
Today, three in five employees work remotely at least part of their workweek. And by 2020 (which is quickly approaching), there will be an estimated 105 million mobile workers in the US. That’s over three-quarters of the US labor market.
So, when we look into the near (near) future, it’s clear that workforce mobilization will be one of the biggest competitive advantages in the coming decade.
Why? Three reasons:
- Big productivity gains. Gone are the days when supervisors have to look over employees’ shoulders. Today’s employees, enabled with multiple devices and on the move, use their output to demonstrate how well they’re doing. And because they can work anywhere, they’re able to get more done.Research shows that mobile employees contribute to 30% better processes and 23% more productivity, and 100% more satisfaction. So, mobilization actually improves several significant business factors: productivity, operations, and satisfaction. That’s a win-win-win.
- Mobilization = globalization. Once, businesses were limited to serving only the areas near their base of operations. This meant maintaining the overhead of multiple offices (and the payroll that accompanies them) or resigning to play small.Today, mobile technology means employees can be anywhere regardless of where HQ is located. Even if a global presence isn’t your organization’s aim, firms of all sizes can benefit from the extended reach a mobile workforce provides, opening up new markets and new opportunities.
- Significant cost savings. Today it’s possible to reduce (or even eliminate) the overhead costs of a centralized office. If it makes sense for the business, organizations can become completely virtual—or at least strip their physical presence down to its most salient factors. And as more and more companies embrace this, competitors will have to follow suit or run the risk of falling too far behind.
But that’s not the only way workforce mobilization can reduce spend. To access data and systems on the go, mobile users need a nimble and secure digital infrastructure. This means moving away from physical hardware toward cloud-emphasized workspaces (often known as cloud migration). With workspace-as-a-service options, organizations can replace heavy IT infrastructure-related CAPEX costs with more flexible, scalable, and predictable OPEX costs like monthly user subscriptions.
So, the question for IT leaders becomes, “How can I facilitate this in my own organization?”
If part (or all) of your workforce has been mobile for a while but doesn’t seem to be living up to the promise of the mobile-first economy, start with a quick survey of mobile users. Are they able to access everything they need? Is it efficient? What do they need that they’re not getting? Then work with a vendor to create a digital infrastructure that delivers what they need.
If the idea of establishing a mobile-enhanced digital infrastructure seems as far away as a colony on Mars, take it in stages. Cloud migration doesn’t mean you need to shift everything into the cloud all at once. Some vendors can work with you to create an integrated infrastructure that takes advantage of both your existing physical assets and the cost savings of the cloud.
Either way, the competitive advantage workforce mobility offers today and tomorrow can be yours for the taking.
To learn more about how AnywhereApp can mobilize your workforce with a cloud-emphasized digital infrastructure, seamless workspace virtualization, and end-to-end lifecycle support, download our workforce mobilization technical brief. Or sign up for our upcoming workforce mobilization webinar for IT leaders on Thursday September 14, 2017 at 11 AM EST.