253.777.0763    Get SUPPORT

Graemouse Technologies Blog

Smartphones Role In the Modern Workplace

Smartphones Role In the Modern Workplace

Smartphones are everywhere. You go to the supermarket, people are on their phones, you go to the gym, people are on their phones. Go into the office? You guessed it...you see a lot of smartphone use that may not be in the best interest to organizational profitability. The question becomes, do smartphones help or hurt business? Let’s get into it.

Smartphones in the Workplace

Let’s start with the trickiest bit of this first. Smartphones are a distraction, pure and simple. In fact, according to one survey, employees average about 56 minutes per day on their phones while they are in the office. This equates to a massive productivity leak for many businesses, but just when you think it isn’t equitably fair for the employer to pay for time employees spend scrolling through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, responding to personal emails, and browsing websites blocked by the company’s content filter, employers aren’t totally innocent in this situation.

The modern employer is the first person to take advantage of the computing prowess of these devices. Since the modern company tries to do more with less, many employers expect their workforce to always be available; and, that means always. Moreover, managers and executives aren’t any different: they are always on their smartphones too!

Some organizations feel the need to try and strategically design policies to keep people from using their personal devices for personal use on company time. These same people don’t have a problem with them using these devices for the benefit of the organization, just not for personal gain. This is where policies go wrong. They create archaic and completely unrealistic policies and are shocked when even their best performers can’t avoid their phones for long. 

If you want your staff to limit their phone use at work, you have to make that clear. Some companies have implemented a policy that provides small breaks in which they can use their phones, but most companies have come to understand that this isn’t a trend and that phone use is part of day-to-day life. Locking down people’s ability to connect with the outside world for eight (or more) hours a day is only going to serve to bring negative reviews from your team, so your best bet is to embrace it, and realize that as long as your expectations have been communicated properly, most employees won’t take advantage.

Smartphones Out of the Workplace

While the smartphone may be a bit of a distraction to your in-house staff, what happens the moment people leave the confines of your business? They use their phone. In fact, I doubt very much if they make it out to their car or onto the train without a full assessment of the messages sent by applications, people, and others. How long do you last without checking yours?

This brings us to the point that needs to be hammered home. The more people use mobile devices, and specifically smartphones, the more they are willing to do off the clock for work. You don’t think this is true? If you are a business owner or manager, try texting, emailing, or messaging a member of your staff outside of work. They may not appreciate it, but more than likely, they will respond. This effectively extends them to “on-call”, a state that was typically reserved for people with jobs that the public depends on like doctors, lawyers, and the like. Now if you have a question about a project that just can’t wait until the morning, there is an excellent chance that you will be able to get the answer you seek directly from the person who worked on a task last. That can have a lot of benefits for your business.

What About Security?

Mobile malware has become much more prevalent than ever before--so much so that it can be a major problem for your business. The best way to mitigate liability from this is to design and enact a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy that takes advantage of cutting-edge mobile device management tools. Your staff may scoff at first, but if their two options are using their data or using your wireless network, they will opt in, guaranteed. 

If you need some help ensuring that you are doing everything you can to take advantage of your staff’s reliance on their smartphones, we can provide you with all the information, resources, and technology you need to make employee smartphone use work for your company. To learn more, call us today at 253.777.0763.

Tip of the Week: How to Use Instant Messaging Prof...
GDPR: One Year In


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Thursday, July 18 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Internet Exlporer Remote Computing Operating System How To Users Mobile Device Management Windows 10 Search Engine Law Enforcement Botnet Start Menu FENG IT Management Bandwidth Automation Identity Theft Hosted Solutions Cache Internet of Things Saving Money Data Backup Update Two-factor Authentication Keyboard Email Flash Virtual Assistant Android Vulnerability Ransomware Managed IT Services Inventory Meetings Voice over Internet Protocol Warranty Cast CES Employer-Employee Relationship Smartphone Passwords Human Resources Title II Data Protection Upgrade Gadgets Root Cause Analysis Best Practices Password Display Information Microsoft Office 365 Computers IT Support Apple Settings Emergency Specifications Phishing Privacy GDPR Virtualization Business Continuity Current Events Hosted Computing Networking Health Encryption Smartphones Data Storage Cloud Cybersecurity Files Cloud Computing Word Quick Tips Cryptocurrency Mobile Device Criminal Wiring Infrastructure Data Security Paperless Office Google Docs Database Security Alert Miscellaneous BDR Small Business Software Document Management Netflix Business Computing Comparison BYOD Software Tips Frequently Asked Questions Windows Cabling Holiday Spam Tech Term Communication Telephone Systems Workplace Tips Data Breach Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence Sports Mobile Devices Content Management Fraud VPN Save Money Hackers Disaster Recovery Browser Connectivity Data Telephony Education Digital Signage FCC Managed IT Server Chrome Computer Fan Router IT Plan Private Cloud Government Staff IT Services Augmented Reality Redundancy Social Engineering Spam Blocking Internet Network Business VoIP Windows 7 Travel Training Productivity Technology Credit Cards Innovation HaaS Website Blockchain Hybrid Cloud Scam Collaboration Evernote Value Telephone System App Public Cloud Backup Net Neutrality Managed IT Services HIPAA Vendor OneNote Entertainment Efficiency Communications Windows 10 Software as a Service Avoiding Downtime Managed Service Outsourced IT Apps Cybercrime Google Facebook Unsupported Software Data Recovery Bring Your Own Device Social Media Access Control User Tips Wi-Fi Applications Network Security Servers Relocation Malware Hardware Tip of the Week Microsoft Office Big Data Google Drive Business Intelligence Remote Monitoring Money Business Management Computer

Newsletter Sign Up