The workforce has become ever available and the traditional office hours has changed to employees being available to customer anytime from anywhere to ensure that it is “business-as-usual”.
The way we work, engage and collaborate with our colleagues and customers have changed drastically over the last couple of years. Employees can now work from coffee shops and airports, basically from anywhere. Using laptops, tablets, cellphones or computing devices in “internet cafes”.
There are numerous arguments for a mobile workforce, however the questions should be whether this is just a new business fad, i.e like the open office which is now deemed as a blocker rather than a promoter of a collaborative and inclusive workforce.
The arguments for a mobile workforce:
- Mobile Workforces Reduce Operating Costs
- Mobile Platforms are Highly Secure
- It Creates a Happier Work Environment
- Productivity & Collaboration Apps Reduce the Workload
- Work without Borders
- Better Use of Time
- Access to Better Talent
The arguments against a mobile workforce:
- Abuse of Time
- Security Breaches and Poor Working Conditions
- Lack of Community
- Impact of Employees’ Personal Life
- Discourages Communication Between Employees
- Rates of Innovation and Decision Speed Also Decrease
- Telecommuting employees may be less likely to ask questions and might feel less liable for their mistakes
- Employees are far less likely to leave their laptop screens open in coffee shops
- Mistakenly leave classified documents on the ground
- Expose their systems to malicious spyware
Looking at these arguments could make a management team ask “why bother with tools such as Microsoft Teams”. Microsoft Teams brings everything together in a shared workspace where you can chat, meet, share files, and work with business apps. Get your team on the same page with group chat, online meetings, calling, and web conferencing.
With everything in the modern workplace, there needs to be a clear Standard Operating Procedure manual that defines the company’s rules around flexible working hours, downtime, and workplace. Your business approach and strategy will define a healthy work/life balance for your employees. Sir Richard Branson coined it when he said: “Take care of your employees, and they’ll take care of your business”.
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