The Rise of the Mobile Worker

THE MOBILE WORKER

The concept of the Mobile Worker is not a new one. The history of the Mobile Worker dates all the way back to the travelling salesman (medieval merchants, and even prospectors). In Australia, every employee has been given the right to request flexible working hours after the government extended legislations previously reserved for carers and those looking after children. The two models are Mobile Workers and Work from Home Workers (Remote Working).

Naturally, this came with issues which were mostly solved by the Blackberry. Slowly, slowly, the Mobile Worker started to appear in many businesses, across many job positions, yet, there was always a sector of the employment market who lacked trust in the worker to grant them the autonomy to achieve their targets/KPI’s as they see fit.

Then BOOM! With the influx of Millenials into the workplace. What are Millenials? Millennials are also known as Gen Y or the awesome people! Just ask them! Haha, LoL #awesomepeople. Millennials are kids born between 1980-2000. With Millenials in the workplace, come many benefits. They come with an entrepreneurial mindset, they’re intrinsically motivated to succeed, a paycheck is not the most important thing to them – willing to settle with smaller salaries in exchange for flexibility, personal recognition, and happiness. They’re genuine, thriving on being judged by their performance, and they respect those with experience rather than power. They prefer “inclusive” leadership styles–bosses that appreciate them for their hard work. In the connected world, Gen Y is permanently plugged in and this makes them collaborative by nature, (since birth) and highly productive in a world driven by technology. They’re tenacious, optimistic and bounce back easily (lessons learned by enduring high school, and trolls). Like any new plugged in technology, they’re amazing if you know how to operate them! This trend has led to the rise of the mobile worker. 

Joke:

Manager 1 asks, “How do you control your Millenial?”

Manager 2 answers, “Remotely of course? “

IMAGINE……if you could share information and communicate with others in real-time, or if you could capture data and location details about materials, equipment, tools and people in real-time. IMAGE NO MORE! Technology has the answers. So now there are no excuses why businesses don’t have mobile workers. Even for the sceptical, who now have the tools to track and stalk workers – Millenials won’t care. Gen X, on the other hand, will argue breach of privacy! In order to settle the debate, either Trust your staff or design a Code of Conduct that staff can get behind.

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EXPLORING MOBILITY

Business Leaders are recognising the scope of what mobility solutions can really do for their business. Today, the focus is on technologies that reduce cost and improve efficiencies. Game-changing breakthroughs in mobile computing and communication technologies are enabling business’ to improve worker productivity, data quality and the speed and accuracy of decision-making. If you are interested in affordable technology that enables the mobile workforce, find the right Business Consultant.

Flexible working does not simply refer to where you work (i.e. Home or office) but also when and how you work. Flexible working should mean that you have the flexibility to manage your time and resources in a way that is most effective to you. This allows you to be the most productive so that the work is not only done but gets done to the best quality possible whilst maintaining a better work-life balance.

Mobile working also refers to where you work when you work and how you work. Mobile working, unlike flexible working, is about allowing the worker the flexibility to manage their time and resources in a way that is in the best interests of the business. There is no reason why you cannot have a mobile worker with flexible working conditions. If targets and objectives are the most important metric to your business and they have been appropriately set, then flexibility on how to achieve them can be very good for business.

A MOBILE WORKFORCE

A mobile workforce refers to a group of employees who are scattered across various physical locations and are connected by computers, smartphones and other devices. Thanks to the increasing connectivity and improvement of technology that can be used for this purpose, mobile workers are increasingly becoming the norm. Mobile workers are similar to remote workers…if you want to know more about remote workers Click Here!

UNDERSTANDING THE MOBILE WORKFORCE

A flexible approach to work helps businesses retain their best talent as they are giving their workers an option to do great work, but in a way that fits their lifestyle providing a win-win scenario for all. This can also include remote workers. The practicalities of business require getting teams together, but this can easily be solved by:

+ Fixed days and/or times when everyone has to be in the office

+ Key meetings can be voice or video calls

+ Screen Sharing from anywhere.

For all the benefits that flexible working brings and the new ways of working offered by technology, none of it can happen without trust

Trust the Mobile Worker

DON’T TRUST YOUR WORKFORCE?

For all the benefits that flexible working brings and the new ways of working offered by technology, none of it can happen without trust. Unfortunately, many business leaders have the mentality of ‘out of sight, out of mind’, meaning if they cannot see you they think you’re not working. Many Managers report lack of trust for not transitioning staff to Mobile. Fearing workers won’t work properly, or at all if they weren’t present in the office. The shame is that these perceptions are not met in reality. There is a systematic approach that must be adhered to maximise the benefits and mitigate the risks. Collappor8 can cust design your work-flow – one that will work for you, your people and your customers.

The working culture in Australia is guided by principles of hierarchy, traditions and attention to detail. As such, logical reasoning and high levels of analysis are used to guide the culture, which can be seen as slow and procedural. With an entrepreneurial mindset, SME businesses can steal market share from tradition businesses by trusting the research and the studies that show people who do work away from the office overcompensate with their communication and work longer to show their colleagues they are in fact working. Technology companies like Cisco have introduced the model since before 2007 and have led the way in the development of the future workforce.

Modern businesses need to remove the old habits ingrained from the industrial era where you went to a single place of work between 9 and 5 every day to perform standardised tasks

The Mobile Worker

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