Liberate your workforce

Four ways to maximise the mobility revolution

Highlights
  • Permanent office spaces and fixed desks are on the way out – staff are mobile and so are their devices
  • Staff are using their own devices for work, and employers stand to gain if they manage this well
  • Mobility-as-a-service is a strong solution for managing devices, plans and apps and ensuring enterprise security 

From Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to mobility as a service, technology is enabling flexible ways of working that will keep your employees engaged, productive and happy.

The workplace has well and truly shifted from one of static offices and fixed-headcount teams to flexible environments where teams are formed on the fly and mobile technology leads the way. To maximise this shift, it’s critical for leaders to be aware of the impact it has on employees, and to foster new ways of working for increased flexibility and productivity.

This involves adopting software and tools to enable multiple departments to work together and share information. The director of enterprise mobility at Telstra, Agnes Sheehan, says:“Its about embracing digitised processes that speed the movement of information and fulfilment between teams to deliver great customer experience.”

Here are three ways to help your teams make the most of the mobile workforce revolution:

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“Its about embracing digitised processes that speed the movement of information and fulfilment between teams to deliver great customer experience.”

Agnes Sheehan, Director of Enterprise Mobility, Telstra

Encourage BYOD

“You must accept that nearly half of all employees are doing work on their own devices today,” says Ms. Sheehan. The key is to encourage this and maximise productivity by providing robust and dependable mobile device management and security. 

Maximising mobile productivity also means ensuring corporate tools are fully optimised for the mobile experience, meaning everything from basic email to full enterprise applications. 

Build for balance

Although half of Australia’s employees are using their personal devices for work, they are still demanding that employers recognise the need for downtime and good work-life balance. This is more nuanced than it first appears. 

Employees often welcome the opportunity to work outside of normal hours, but they also expect employers to recognise their contribution and allow them the flexibility to work where – and when – it suits them. This means allowing them to meet family responsibilities as well as work obligations. 

Embrace mobility as a service

If it’s not managed and systemised, mobility can be a free-for-all, with different departments and people on different tariffs rolling out devices at different times. Mobility-as-a-service provides discipline and predictability to mobile workforce infrastructure. 

“Mobility-as-a-service brings many of the complex components of a mobile workplace together to deliver a per-service, per-month solution to customers,” Sheehan says. “Employees no longer need to self-manage devices, plans, security, use management, help desk or procurement.”

Break down silos

Mobile workers are no longer stuck in silos. They can work across projects and across departments, maximising their productivity and their efficiency. “More responsive customer-facing teams can interact with customers quickly and improve the overall customer experience,” Ms. Sheehan says. 

Mobile workforces also reduce overall costs for the employer by rationalising corporate real-estate costs, adds Ms. Sheehan. “Mobility reduces the need for heating, lighting, internet connectivity and property services in the office,” she says.

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