There is also work FOMO — the terror of missing an email, important meeting or crucial presentation while outside of the office.
Smartphones and laptops are both the disease and the cure to work FOMO. Having all these digital devices to check stresses us out. But by having them available, we are less frantic about work emergencies, pending projects and imminent deadlines. We become more engaged employees.
That, in turn, saves money: According to a Gallup poll based on the state of the American workplace, employee disengagement costs the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion per year.
The corporate-mobile connect lag
theEMPLOYEEapp conducted a three-part study on 2015 mobile trends in the workplace. The study surveyed more than 200 workers based in the U.S. and found that 55% of employees travel for work and 49% of employees rely on mobile devices to stay connected while on the road.
However, 70% of employees reported that they rely on their own personal devices to conduct their work since their employers don’t provide them with devices.
In addition, 36% of employees have difficulty accessing company documents outside of the office, and 41% of employees aren’t able to access company data on their mobile devices at all.
Businesses are bewildered by the huge number of apps and software for managing employees, says Jeff Corbin, CEO of theEMPLOYEEapp. “I think the real issue is not so much lack of resources. There’s a nervousness [amongst human resource professionals] when asking, ‘what do we do? Do we have to re-create the wheel when it comes to these million dollar mega-legacy systems and intranets?’”
Corbin’s company has a stake in this argument: theEMPLOYEEapp is trying to break into the upper ranks of employee management software companies with its native app, which allows companies to upload and file employee documents in the cloud. Corbin is working with Sysco, Caesar’s Entertainment, Rust-Oleum and others.
Mobile’s here to stay
Not only did theEMPLOYEEapp survey confirm the lack of support of mobile devices on the corporate side, the study also highlighted a direct correlation between employee engagement, efficiency, and the ability to access company information through mobile, hassle free.
According to the survey, 51% of employees are more productive when they’re able to access work-related information through a mobile device. 62% of employees believe that accessibility to company information directly affects job satisfaction.
“We really believe that the mobile device is going to replace the spiral notebook, so to be able to access so much information from the cloud is great,” said Corbin.
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