The Telegraph: Is your business integrating mobile working effectively?
Mobile working is on the rise and is set to increase further in the coming years, but is your SME doing it effectively?
Recent ONS figures show a record 4.2m workers (13.9pc of the working population) are based from home, a statistic set to increase dramatically with ever-more sophisticated technology and 2014 legislation giving UK workers with more than 26 weeks’ service the right to request flexible working hours.
And then, of course, mobile technology allows us to be “always on”, continuing to work while in meetings, travelling and in different time zones.
A survey of more than 500 SMEs across Europe by Aruba, a Hewlett-Packard Enterprise company, found that 66pc of SME senior management believe that optimising the cloud, applications and mobile devices is a strategic priority for their small businesses.
James Foley, vice president at call-recording company Resilient, believes adopting flexible, mobile working practices is a way of attracting and retaining top talent. But he says the onus is on senior management to ensure KPIs are laid out clearly and staff can still see a career progression: “Beyond simply ensuring that staff are fully connected, businesses need to understand the company culture that flexible working requires.”
He adds: “Probably the biggest requirement here is trust, and the best way to build trust is to ensure that objectives are clear and productivity is measured and regularly discussed.”