The evolution of the digital marketplace remains as unpredictable as ever, yet one area most industry forecasters agree will be vital moving forward is workforce mobility
. It makes sense: businesses are no longer confined to physical locations, and that includes their workforce. Workforce mobility is what enables employees to do their jobs from just about anywhere, and a host of integrated solutions is what enables workforce mobility. But where will this move toward mobility take us? What’s next and how will it shape the future of business? Glad you asked.
Remote work refined
The most obvious area workforce mobility affects is an increase in a business’ ability to support a mobile workforce. The future will see an expansion of remote workers thanks to necessity but also (and more importantly) ability. Integrated solutions are helping technology like employee status tracking and increased security give businesses the confidence to allow more people to work outside the office. It also means companies can recruit outside the local area—which means talent pools just went from thousands to potentially millions
of candidates. More remote workers also means no morning commute, which means employees spend less time getting to work and can instead just get to work
Online meetings have been an absolute must for those needing to collaborate remotely during the recent increase in the mobile workforce. But as a true replacement for in-person collaboration, virtual meetings are sorely lacking. The good news? These meetings are going to get better and more personable. How? It remains to be seen exactly, but if necessity is the mother of invention, then something has
to change soon. And while the answer to this technological limitation can only be more technology
, perhaps some form of holographic meetings or hybrid meeting format is the steppingstone to get us somewhere a little more familiar.
Ensuring workforce productivity during remote work also requires new advancements in security to help keep employee devices and their home networks safe from a security breach. Advancements like multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO) and biometric scanning will continue to make the mobile workforce safer. GPS tracking of devices via the cloud can also help in case a device is lost or stolen. Administrators can either locate a lost device via GPS or even remotely erase the hard drive, if necessary.
Necessity began the move toward mobility, innovation enabled it and the market momentum is certainly beyond the point of no return. You can’t fight the future, but when it comes to workforce mobility and all its benefits, why would you want to?
For questions about workforce mobility and how it can boost your clients’ workforce productivity, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.
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