More and more companies are embracing mobile technology as an essential workforce asset. People are connecting to their colleagues from home offices, airport lounges, coffee shops, taxicabs, park benches…anywhere on the map really!
Staff can be located anywhere, but they can still work, meet, and achieve common goals together. They just do it virtually. It’s convenient, its’ fulfilling, and it’s cost-effective. However, the ability to work remotely also raises some unique challenges. What’s the best way to create a cohesive team when they’re usually in transit or in different locations? How do you keep them motivated? How do you ensure they’re properly equipped to perform their jobs successfully? Here is some guidance on establishing a mobile collaboration strategy for your organization.
Boosting Individual Productivity
Mobile technology offers flexibility, access, and productivity for each member of your team. The laptop, smartphone, tablet, and headset are ranked as the top four critical communication devices when working remotely. Access to information and maintaining a connection – in the cloud or on enterprise systems – is critical to enabling an individual’s productivity. It must always be on and always be ready to help streamline workflow at all times, in all places. When people have easy access to one another – through IM, or a collaboration workspace – it leads to more information sharing in real time, which in turn helps build the collective knowledge of the team, while at the same time strengthening relationships between team members.
Building Stronger Teams
Many employees see the need for continual contact with colleagues. 90% rely heavily on messaging apps, while 72% rely on collaboration applications. The more that a team is in communication with one another, the more that knowledge is exchanged. And with knowledge-sharing comes more creative thinking, greater innovation, and ultimately, fast time-to-market. The ability to work within a common virtual space where information can be shared in real time and meetings with full video and audio can happen fluidly help bridge the distances between team members.
To sum up…
Mapping a workable mobile collaboration ecosystem starts with examining the individual needs of your team members, then looking at how your team members are working together. It’s critical to foster that culture of collaboration where an individual’s efforts are collectively encouraged, but a group’s collaborative achievements are recognized and rewarded.
Here’s what to expect when you have a mobile collaboration strategy in place:
- Productivity increases with remote access
- Collaborative workflows improve with mobile collaboration tools
- Decisions get made faster
- Remote teams share one community
- Work and life come together
- Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM)
- Client Virtualization
- Endpoint & Mobility Software
- Endpoint Mobility Services
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