Developments in technology have enabled employees to become increasingly mobile, and travel has become a regular part of the job for many. However, according to a survey from theEMPLOYEEapp (www.theemployeeapp.com) titled, “2015 Mobile Trends in the Workplace,” many businesses struggle to address the needs of on-the-go employees.
Research found 40% of employees don’t work in a traditional office setting, while 55% indicated they travel for work. To stay connected, 49% of employees use mobile devices and 28% use tablets in their work—even though 70% of employees are not provided with these devices by their employers.
A Clear Divide
According to the research, there is a direct correlation between employee engagement, efficiency and the ability to easily access company information via mobile. Sixty-two percent of employees cited that easy access to company information directly affects job satisfaction—while 51% are more productive when they are able to do so through a mobile device.
Notwithstanding the important role smartphones and tablets are playing in the workplace, 41% indicated they are unable to access company documents and information from their mobile device; 36% had trouble easily accessing company documents outside of the office or are unable to do so at all.
“There is a real divide between how employees want to utilize mobile technology for work and the tools and solutions businesses currently have in place to support them. Since iPhone, iPad and Android devices have become the lifeline for almost everyone and most corporate Intranets were not developed for the small screens of these devices, the results of our survey suggest that employers, to the extent they aren’t already, need to consider what their mobile communications strategy is and how they can utilize the technology to improve employee efficiency as well as job satisfaction,” said Jeff Corbin, founder and CEO of theEMPLOYEEapp.
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