Employers and employees benefit when mobility is a factor in the workplace. The question is, is a mobile workforce the answer to better employee productivity? According to recent research anda number of high-profile studies, the answer may be a resounding “Yes.” According to Global Workplace Analytics, more than two-thirds of employers state that their remote workers are more productive than those based in company offices.
Mobility, Productivity, and Employee Engagement are Linked
Not too long ago, the mobile workforce consisted of just a small percentage of individuals. Today, businesses across many sectors are discovering the benefits that come with the modern mobile workforce. Greater engagement is chief among these.
The link between mobility and employee engagement has direct ties to individual happiness, which in turn is connected to the sense of empowerment that comes with flexibility. The ability to work from home, a favorite coffee shop, or even a relaxing open-air environment has strong appeal.According to a survey conducted by PGi Telework Week, 82% of telecommuters are less stressed than their desk-bound counterparts. Eighty percent of respondents said that they enjoyed higher morale than they did before joining the mobile workforce, and a stunning 69% missed work less often than before.
Corporations that fail to take employee morale into account are missing out. While a 2017 Deloitte report showed that almost 80 percent of leaders felt that employee engagement was essential, a paltry 22 percent showed confidence in their companies’ ability to provide positive work environments. Meanwhile, 59 percent of the survey’s respondents felt that their companies were unprepared or unable to take steps to increase employee morale.
Happy employees don’t complete tasks because they have to: They do their work because it appeals to them and they feel that their own success is tied to that of the companies they work for. As Forbes explains, devotedemployeesare far more effective than those who are dissatisfied: “Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. The emotional commitment means engaged employees actually care about their work and their community.”
When companies strive for a positive employee experience and offer the opportunity for schedule flexibility, their employees respond in kind, working harder not because they are afraid of negative consequences, but because they are well-motivated.These employees tend to look for satisfaction in a job well done. They are open, honest, and highly communicative, particularly when the focus is on goal completion and desirable outcomes rather than the number of hours spent chained to a desk in a cramped cubicle.
Happy, engaged employees are more efficient, too. They tend to deliver creative solutions, and they are far more compelled to deliver positive customer experiences than disengaged or unhappy workers. This leads to greater satisfaction, repeat business, increased sales, and greater profitability.
Engagement and performance are inextricably linked. Doug Campbell, former CEO of Campbell’s soup, summed it up this way: “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.”
How Technology Helps Businesses Reap the Benefits of Employing a Mobile Workforce
While mobility itself plays an important role in employee engagement and productivity, it isn’t the only deciding factor.Assuring employee productivity calls for a single actionable portal that ensures security, helps employees complete tasks in a rapid, streamlined fashion, and provides employers with the ability to create micro apps that interface with existing systems and all types of devices. Essentially, it frees the employees’ minds from cumbersome, inessential tasks, allowing them to focus on what’s important.
Mobile workforce success is directly linked to avoiding some common pitfalls:
- Inefficient systems, an overwhelming number of applications, and excessively siloed data thatleads to lengthy searches and wasted productivity.
- Inaccessible data or employee difficulty accessing essential information that leads to wasted time.
- Overly complex workflows and multiple systems logins that lead to stress and inefficiency.
- Poor communication that wastes time and money.
- Stress and work overload that lead to disengagement, in turn leading to billions of dollars in annual productivity losses.
- Information overload that creates difficulty analyzing, contextualizing, and obtaining practical value from data.
The right technology makes a difference. Sapho provides digestible workflows, relevant, individualized data, streamlined information and communications,and proactive delivery solve these problems, enhancing employee productivity and assuring that the mobile workforce is as effective as possible.
On the Fence? More Reasons to Consider a Mobile Workforce
There’s more to hiring remote workers than better productivity. Companies tap into a number of benefits by utilizing even a partially remote workforce.
By employing remote workers, businesses have unfettered access to a worldwide pool of talented, highly motivated employees. These companies are no longer limited to hiring people who are available locally; instead, they have the ability to recruit the best and brightest individuals.
Businesses with mobile employees enjoy lower costs. Smaller facilities save money and combined with the enhanced productivity that comes from happy, well-equipped employees, leads to higher revenue.
Reduced turnover is a factor, too. When they are satisfied with their jobs, remote employees stick with the companies they work for. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 95 percent of employers say that remote work enhances retention.
While a completely mobile workforce may not be the right solution for every company, businesses that have the ability to employ remote workers are likely to benefit in a number of ways. So long as employee satisfaction is a consideration,it is likely that enhanced productivity and greater profitability will follow.