Have you noticed your employees working at odd times during the night? Have you noticed employees working earlier in the morning, when they aren’t in the office? Advances in technology have started to greatly change the way that employees work. It is up to businesses to change the way they address these changes, and embrace the future of a mobile workforce.
Regardless of the industry, employees are now working remotely more than ever. Not only do more workers have access to the information they need, they also have a means to communicate with their team members wherever they are. As a result of advanced technology, employees are working more hours than they traditionally have. For a worker that typically works a 45 hour plus work week in the office they are adding an additional 5 – 10 hours of work remotely. This includes checking their email on their phone and accessing company information to share with team members. Employees are now working additional time that is unaccounted for, as typical businesses do not require attendance records to be kept when employees are working remotely. It is up to businesses to recognize and embrace this change in their workforce, and adjust their company policies accordingly.
One of the most recent examples of embracing these changes happened in South Korea from the most unlikely of places, the government. In an attempt to crackdown on overworking their employees, the South Korean government will be shutting down their computers at 7PM on Friday nights. This change is designed to encourage workers to stop working and spend time with family and friends. It will also benefit their bottom line, as it will drastically reduce the amount of overtime paid to employees.
It is important for businesses to encourage employees to spend time with their friends and family. The benefits for encouraging employees to work fewer hours, especially if they are working over 50 hours a week, include increased morale, better task management skills, personal time, and overall health expense savings to the business. Over time, these benefits will greatly increase employee satisfaction, retention, and increase the company’s bottom line.
The real question is… what can I do to foster a more mobile workforce?
The first step in this process is to embrace the freedom of your employees. If you have team members that are already accessing files through cloud based storage solutions, allow them the freedom to do it from wherever they choose. Even if your business already embraces this mentality, simply sending a message out encouraging workers to embrace this freedom will instantly remove pressure and stress. Once you have established a culture where working remotely is acceptable you can start embracing other changes, such as giving employees benefits from working remotely.
Your business can also embrace new cloud based workflows, which allow the business to track the productivity of their employees. Software such as BP Logix Process Director and Slack allow businesses to track project progress and completion. These cloud based software solutions give business owners the ability to ensure remote workers are staying on task and completing the projects assigned to them in a timely fashion.
The final, and most difficult step in creating a great mobile workforce is to adjust attendance requirements for non-exempt employees. For those employees who are mobile and work on salary, their performance should be tracked not by how many hours they work, but by what projects they complete. It is the business’ management team who is responsible for tracking the productivity of these employees and ensure that they are not underworked or overworked.
The mobile workforce can be a strong contributor to the continued success and growth of your business. Are you ready to embrace the change?