Enterprises have transitioned to a more connected digital era, where employees, clients and partners expect to receive various services and tools on platforms that suit their requirements. The IT landscape hence, has taken a shift from the traditional methods to a more user-oriented approach and the inclusion of Mobile platform-based (Mobile App) services and tools has pioneered this transition.
The increased proliferation of Mobile Apps in enterprises hence, doesn’t come in as a shock. It has been a gradual process with scope to improve internal communication allowing employees to stay informed in real time, react and respond based on the information available at their fingertips. A report by MyCloudIT found that, “workers are more productive when they can bring their own device, and when workplace mobility is encouraged”. Another report states that, “The average mobile worker works 240 hours a year longer than the general population.”
Many reports state that Mobile Apps can significantly boost employee productivity in enterprises. Wondering how can mobile apps boost employee productivity? Here are the key aspects that impact productivity.
Being time bound may be a part of the enterprise foundation, but incorporation of Mobile Apps brings in a certain level of flexibility. According to reports, “remote working has become the standard operating mode for at least 50% of the U.S. population”. With Mobile Apps employees can freely access, collaborate, share, find what they are looking for faster, at their own pace, even outside their working space-working hours. It helps decreasing the work pressure and increases the happiness index too. According to research, “The more employees feel a sense of control over where and how they work, the more engaged and satisfied they are with their workplace. The most highly engaged employees have greater flexibility to make choices about where and how they work.”
Study states that, “employee mobility, both inside and outside the office, and people’s ability to fully utilize a range of spaces in the office is influenced by the organization’s technology choices.” The key benefit of including Mobile Apps in the enterprise functions, is the freedom to work from anywhere. While it allows employees to stay connected with the organization even in transit, it provides greater mobility by making information available at the fingertips, irrespective of the location and connectivity issues. Mobility empowers the employees and the result-increased productivity. According to Apperian’s Enterprise Mobility Survey, “of all organizations surveyed, more than half (51%) provide apps to at least one other party in the extended enterprise. Notably, 9% of all organizations target the extended enterprise (non-employees) exclusively as a way to drive value from mobility.”
Well, while inclusion of Mobile technology in organizations cannot be equated to target practice, the term accuracy here stands for meeting the goals or objective and in improving quality standards. Going Mobile brings in the possibility of reinforced learning, on-the-job support etc., hence improving overall work efficiency. Usage of mobile apps in production or manufacturing setting can decrease errors and the work can be done faster than the paper-based processes. The quality standards too are known to increase with the incorporation of mobile apps for tracking. This can help in both tracking progress and in charting out new strategies for improvement.
Simplified Business Functions
Mobile Apps can be incorporated in almost all the enterprise functions right from production assistance to HR functions. Having Mobile Apps can increase tracking ability, be it learning record keeping or employee listing, skill analysis, performance analysis and more. Communications become simpler and Mobile apps open the possibility of dialogues, allowing employees to express themselves. HR apps can act as support desks, allowing the employees to voice their concerns, get their issues resolved faster. In all, Mobile apps can simplify many business processes hence, keeping employees satisfied and increase the speed of internal functions and improve productivity. According to reports, “Custom apps are known to improve productivity, streamline areas such as project management, collaboration, and business intelligence (BI) reporting”
The increasing Mobile dependence (including nomophobia) needs no proof or validation. The primary reason is the ease and engagement that the devices provide. It is more about the user experience than just concrete applications. The intuitive interface, easy access, simple unlocking (fingerprint scan for unlocking/voice activation etc.) etc. makes the whole process of using Mobile apps easier and less time consuming and so it decreases unnecessary downtime. And, better connection with Enterprise Mobile Apps means better engagement, retention in terms of learning, and improvement in terms of productivity.
Mobile Apps are forever evolving and matching the pace requires keeping a close eye on the changes, being technologically up-to-date and innovative. This in turns allows the employees to stay current, in terms of business functions, skill sets, and self-improvement too. This aspect influences the productivity as the employees gain from the whole experience. And staying up-to-date gives competitive advantage.
Mobile Apps have been around for some time, but the recent surge in inclusion of those in the enterprise operations has changed the pace of most businesses. There has also been a surge in mobile apps otherwise known as employee productivity apps that assist in enhancing existing business processes and that can be utilized across several business functions, in automation of routine tasks, reducing the overall effort and time required for those functions. Mobile Apps also make it easier to consolidate data, in secure storage of data.
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