In a technical blog for Wired.com, Jonathan Horvath explains how companies must learn to
"Harness the power of its mobile workers to be more efficient while still fostering creativity and innovation."
The issue of employees increasingly using their own tech for work may at first seem daunting to today's generation of managers and CEOs, raising concerns over security and compatibility. However, the advantages of embracing this change of work practices include creating a workforce able to work more efficiently and over longer hours (voluntarily).
So, where does the balance lie?
Horvath sums up the dilemma and advantages very neatly:
"Employees don’t want to carry multiple devices, learn multiple user interfaces, or be forced into using something they do not like. Rather, (they) pick a mobile device that resonates with them. By accommodating that resonance, you can increase their productivity in two ways: first, they’ll work more quickly, and second, they’ll work more hours, all while increasing job satisfaction."
The traditional security measures of restricting devices and/or access would simply be counter-productive, choking the very freedom that makes the potential of on-demand mobile working so exciting. This even extends to allowing workers the feedom to use public access wi-fi hotspots or networks, as these are often free or a considerably lower cost than business mobile phone data plans.
For us at Talkfreely, the solution lies in providing an internal communications app, that remains independent of our client's own IT systems and therefore free from any necessary security measures that might throttle mobile engagement and involvement.
Each solution is built to maximise compatibility across a range of mobile devices, as it looks and works like any other browser-based interface, including social media sites. In other words, whatever device they have in their hands, your employees can log into a secure web-based interface that allows them to be fully informed and involved, wherever they may be.
As Horvath sums up in his article
"The millennial workforce will produce more at a faster rate, and from more diverse venues than we can imagine today. Rather than seek to limit their power, and thereby possibilities of the enterprise, CEOs need to leverage the power of mobile, understand end-user behavior, and implement a solution to everyone’s benefit."