Technology means workers can be just as effective without being tied to a single desk. Take a look at what it means to have a truly mobile workforce, and the huge benefits it can have for business.
The world of work has changed
There are now five generations of employees in the workplace. Millennials, in particular make up a substantial proportion of employees, and more importantly, are the first digital-natives. Their expectations of what a workplace should and could look like, are often very different to the generations that came before.
While employees used to have to adapt to their workplace, companies today are challenged to adapt to the needs of their employees and to provide mobility and flexibility.
Businesses adapting to their workers is not all one-way traffic however. There are significant gains to be had from providing employees with a mobile, digital workspace.
Reduced operating costs – With staff empowered to work remotely, there’s less need to invest in physical infrastructure, real estate, and transport costs
Improved engagement – Employees with flexibility in how and when they work are more positive about their work, translating to higher productivity and reduced sick days
Easier collaboration – By investing in secure, remote devices, business can be conducted anywhere at any time, and with people in multiple locations, seamlessly
A mobile workforce consists of a number of factors, which are designed for the fluidity of information that enables remote working and collaboration.
Cloud-based IT infrastructure
Collaborative tools, e.g. Microsoft Teams and Sharepoint
Remote login with either SSH or AES encoding
Successful mobile workforces will most likely incorporate a range of hardware, software, and cloud-based solutions into a unified, centrally management remote working platform.
Mobility doesn’t mean compromising security
Just because your customers may not be able to see their workers at a desk, it doesn’t mean the work they’re doing, or the data they’re handling needs to be any less secure.
Security is paramount when it comes to remote, mobile working, which is why vendors put it at the top of their agenda when designing products and solutions.
Encryption of data is now standard across hardware and software, while access features are smarter than ever, with the likes of facial recognition and thumbprint sensors common.
When it comes to cloud-based infrastructure, cloud providers offer continually monitored and updated world-class security.