Date: 12/05/2015 | By: Liz Painter

Listen to David Lynes of web developers Unique IQ, talking about mobile working.

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The rise of the mobile workforce has been unprecedented in recent years and the predictions for the future of the industry are staggering. 65% of businesses in the UK expect 30% more of their employees (the equivalent of around 7 million people in Britain) will become mobile workers in the next two years.

 

Almost three quarters of British companies are overhauling their communications infrastructure, updating their systems to take advantage of new technological advancements, and three in five employees say they no longer need a set workplace or office to feel productive in their job.

 

There are numerous types of mobile employee, across a myriad of sectors. Many in sales and marketing are now being given free rein to work from home or the location of their choice, as long as they are fully connected to their management team via certain new devices. But mobile working is no new phenomenon – the health and home care industry has long since been managing teams of mobile employees as they visit clients at numerous locations within a certain radius.

 

Security firms have been deploying staff members to different locations or managing their shifts remotely for many years, and contract cleaners will often need to travel between locations of their own accord, managing their time and meeting performance targets while away from a designated workplace.

 

Now, the tide is turning in favour of all those who work remotely, employers need to be wary of how they manage and track their remote workers.

 

Challenges include:
Communication problems as a result of no face-to-face time
Time management and attendance issues
Tracking activity and performance

 

Key Lessons in Understanding the Challenges of Managing a Remote Workforce

 

The rise of the mobile working has been unprecedented in recent years, and the predictions for the future of the industry are staggering. How can you manage the challenges?

 

  • Implement a system to ensure your employees do not feel like Big Brother is watching – present clear benefits to both the employee and employer
  • Face to face barrier – to fully optimise the mobile workforce, it is importance to establish a number of communication channels that employees are encouraged to use as often as possible
  • Time and attendance – by using the system you get the benefits of real time data
  • Activity and performance tracking – more than attendance tracking it is a wellbeing tool, in a world where hours worked doesn’t necessarily equate to high performance

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