Making The Most Of Smartphone Productivity

With the dynamic changes in technology that happen on a daily basis, most companies can’t keep up with the pace of the changing technology. For this reason, new policies have been introduced to maintain high productivity at the work force. One of these policies include BYOD (bring your own device), this includes bringing your own devices to work (smartphones, tablet, laptop etc.)

BYOD has proven to be a very useful policy over the years where employees have registered higher productivity for themselves and the companies as well. As much as other companies are still not open to the idea, smartphones have proven to be more of a productivity device in the workforce.

Familiarity

All devices work differently, even your personal PC is likely to have a different OS with that at your workplace. We are familiar with our own devices as we have installed most of the applications on our own. This way using devices we are more familiar with helps employees execute tasks faster and more efficiently. The productivity is likely to go down when using devices they are new to as they have to be familiar with the devices first, therefore BYOD is a policy that enhances productivity and leads to a happier workforce ultimately.

Mobility

Employees love it when they can work anywhere anytime, limiting their workstation to the one PC station at the office limits their work hours from 8am to 5 pm. However, BYOD allows employees to carry their work wherever they go, this allows for tasks to be completed at the comfort of their homes and especially on weekends. Additionally, the mobility of the smartphones and other devices related to work allows them to respond to work related tasks as soon they come up and they are not limited to the office. This allows for tasks to be executed in time, additionally, employees can do research on their own at their own free time leading to increased productivity as a result.

Engagement

To increase productivity at your workplace is best to keep the employees engaged. Mobile email has become very common where people tend to look at their emails every now and then; having employees bring their smartphones to work is a good way to connect with them and interact with each other. Passing information to them becomes much faster. Having the employees engaged to the company’s related tasks is easier using BYOD devices rather than using work-related devices. To see more on this, check out the ‘Managing the new era of mobile in the Workplace’ infographic at the end.

Happier workforce

The BYOD policy has led to a happier workforce and ultimately higher productivity. Having employees work with devices they are familiar with makes execution of tasks easier and this attracts better talent to any organization. Email outsourcing, presentations, using different Computer applications and better research is achieved better when employees work with devices they are familiar with. BYOD hence leads to a happier workforce and work output as well.

Reduced Costs

BYOD profits organizations in a big way as costs initially spent on hardware, software licensing and device maintenance are reduced and such costs can be injected into other useful resources. Hence, smartphones lead to enhanced productivity and cuts on costs incurred as well.

Tighter security

Yes once every employee brings their devices to work, the network can be compromised; however, a BYOD policy allows one to be careful. BYOD policies allow for tighter security as they indicate what devices are allowed on the network and what information should be accessed by which employee. This locks out any possibilities of compromised security or network. Also some cases of hacking are minimized. So yes bringing your smartphones and other devices to work allows for tighter security.

Well, with the fast changing technology, one such policy that should stay is the BYOD policy. Bringing your smartphones, tablets or laptop to work has proven to have more benefits than demerits. Working with their own devices, employees have proven to be happier and productivity has gone up. Additionally benefits such as flexible workflows and execution of more tasks have been realized. Well, so it can be concluded that bringing smartphones to work is a great policy to be emulated as the disadvantages such as; establishing mobile infrastructure, managing multiple devices and securing data without limiting mobility can be easily controlled.

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Managing the new era of mobile in the workplace infographic

Written By: Rob Gordon

This post was written by Rob Gordon, an IT geek, gadget lover and blogger. Rob has been using the internets since 1994 when the only streaming video was that coffee pot in Cambridge (rip).... Follow Rob on Twitter - @robgordon - about.me/robgordonuk