Why You Should Embrace Mobile Technology
Many businesses have been hesitant to accept the growing mobile trend. Instead, they continue to rely on desktops as the primary means of transferring and organizing company data because they’re wary of using technology that isn’t corporately controlled.
The skepticism does hold weight, as it is much easier for data to be compromised if our personal mobile devices are being used to handle our day to day work. Refraining from adopting mobile technology in your business practices also creates a clear defined line between our work and personal lives.
It is easy to think that mobile technology should remain for personal use only. But are you robbing your business of great opportunities, such as increased efficiency, higher work morale and networking because you’re too scared of the risks?
Reaping the Benefits
Needless to say, embracing mobile technology leads to a mobile workforce and enables businesses to operate on a global scale. Smartphones, tablets and laptops make the average work day much more flexible and allow users to conduct business on the go.
In addition to flexibility, mobile technology increases networking opportunities and overall productivity. Through social media and various communication applications, employees and employers are able to connect with one another seamlessly.
Mobile technology has become the status quo, so the longer you wait to implement mobile tech into your workforce, the further behind your business becomes.
Your Employees are Ready
Unlike many large corporate structure changes, where it takes a long time to train and acclimate employees to a new environment, your employees have been using this kind of technology for quite a while. To this day, smartphones are almost another extension of the person who uses it, so why would you not allow yourself to reap the benefits of mobile technology when you know that your employees are already familiar with it?
Don’t Just Rely on IT
When adopting mobile technology in your business, the lion’s share of the burden falls on your IT department. They are the ones who are tasked with making sure that valuable company data doesn’t get compromised in the wake of new devices.
This doesn’t have to be the case, even though the implementation of the shift falls on them, every business leader within your organization should have a clear understanding of what the implications are by implementing mobile technology. If management and IT work together, you greatly reduce the strain caused by going mobile.
The best way to minimize the risk in implementing mobile technology in your day to day work activities is by adopting a Bring Your Own Device Policy. This serves as a way to lay down the ground rules for using company data on personal devices. It also outlines what devices are permitted, and how to use them securely.
With any form of change comes a degree of uncertainty. By creating a BYOD policy for mobile device use, you provide clear expectations for your employees, as well as accountability for their mobile practices. If you put the right safeguards in place, you can have all the benefits of a mobile workforce without the threat of losing company data.