Define a worker in 2019
We all know the workforce is changing because how we are working is changing. No longer is it simply a case of being a full-time office worker in the CBD – there are gig workers, freelance, contract, remote, flexi, part-time – all people who do not sit behind a desk every day.
Embracing the change
Companies and businesses have had to adjust to these big shifts and those at the forefront are embracing flexible working solutions – in particular using mobile solutions to create an agile workforce.
To stay ahead of your competition you need to think about championing flexible work arrangements in the years ahead. To do this, consider elements such as scheduling automation, cloud-based tools, and a shift in your perception of what the “employee experience” is really all about. These are big changes for some companies, while others are already there or well on their way.
What exactly do we mean by an agile workforce?
Large organisations in the US, Asia, Europe and Australia have recognised that in the next decade, if not sooner, a greater number of workers are going to expect and want to work with mobile solutions. Figures show 70 per cent of staff no longer sit behind a desk at least once a week – or at all. So how do you keep your team moving while giving them access to the information they need?
What is being done
Companies like FedEx, as part of their mobile strategy, have given their mechanics and pilots tablets equipped with vital information to do their jobs and the ability to order parts quickly. Workers are able to be more efficient – with better collaboration and workplace satisfaction the result. This can be used across a wide range of industries from retail to IT to transport to food to postal services.
BYOD & beyond
This technology shift began in around 2010 with companies starting to encourage their staff to Bring Their Own Device (BYOD) to work.
Workers no longer feel they have to rush back to log onto a PC or laptop – and results show greater productivity in many cases where this has occurred and suggests employees prefer it that way.
Your future plans
How will your company, business or organisation encourage and incorporate mobility in the next 12 months? Ask yourself these questions about mobile solutions for your agile workforce:
- Can you support mobile work arrangements thanks to the type of work your organisation does?
- What sort of technology do you need to make this happen? Many workforce management solutions are moving to the cloud, making it easier to implement and reducing costs. Plus, innovation in cloud-based mobile solutions is making this increasingly attractive to employers.
- Have you considered how to keep your workers feeling part of a team if they are away from HQ?
- What about scheduling tasks for your team? Have you looked at scheduling automation and how this can save time and money?
To find out more about mobile solutions for your business, speak with one of our mobile specialists here.