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Mobile Devices in the Workplace

It’s not just that employees bring their mobile devices to work – they live on them. Every day, most people check their phones as soon as they wake up and as soon as they go to bed.

According to a Deloitte 2016 global mobile consumer study, 74% of respondents check their smartphones before they go to bed and 61% check them again shortly after waking up. Within thirty minutes of walking, nearly all respondents-88 percent-reported looking at them.

Hackers seek every opportunity to breach tablets and smartphones as they increasingly become a part of our daily lives. In reality, users must change the security configurations of their iPhone or Android device if they wish to make their device secure by default.

Hackers can access an unattended mobile device with the right equipment (inexpensive) in less than 30 seconds, mirror it and see what’s on it, or install malware that will enable them to retrieve data at their leisure.

Mobile computing has been trending within companies as employees increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets, and other technologies to handle, access, and manage work-related operations and files. Some companies promote the use of BYOD policies to allow mobile workers to take advantage of them.

Impacts of Mobile Devices Technology on Productivity

As mobile technology advances, new mobile applications and services have emerged to meet employees’ (and companies’) needs. This has resulted in mobile technology booming and statistics show that it has greatly enhanced productivity at work.

Mobile devices technology has the following impacts at work:

1. Improved portability

Because of the ability to operate wirelessly, mobile technology drives and enhances portability for its users. Tablet computers are often a better option for those who don’t want to carry heavy laptops to work. Employees will be able to access their files online easily once they have begun digitizing their documents.

2. Enhanced employee availability

Mobile applications enable employees to work remotely, when and where they want, to maintain long-term gains for a company. They can now access updates while on the go instead of having to schedule a time to go over updates with them.

3. Growth in the global economy

Businesses often strive to expand globally and diversify their markets by expanding to other countries. To improve productivity and ROI, however, a solid plan must be developed. Herein lies the value of this technology.

Mobile technology can help by making client and employee data accessible anywhere. The result is the removal of global barriers and restrictions on businesses. Having a global workforce has already made it easier to stay connected to employers around the world at any time.

Is it Necessary to Institute a Mobile Device Policy for your Company?

Setting up an official mobile device policy within a company can be quite tricky. For some big tech companies, giving out mobile phones to their employees is an option, but for small companies, it’s impractical, and team members might feel restricted. We’ll discuss some factors to consider when implementing a less dramatic policy – perhaps a system of managing personal phones.

Why are Mobile Devices so important to Businesses?

Some factors have contributed to this modern workforce’s mobility, including the proliferation of laptops, hybrids, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices. Using these devices, workers can work from a variety of locations, including at home, in the airport, or during transit.

Enterprises and organizations of all sizes have been using remote working and on-the-go for years. Smartphones and tablets play an important role in allowing workers to do this. Smartphones, for example, allow many workers to access work email and business applications while on the go.

The capabilities of mobile devices extend beyond work while on the move. A tablet or smartphone can be used at the point of sale (POS), to record sales, log data, and submit customized forms. The appropriate auxiliary device support can even make mobile devices fully functional workstations.

Mobile devices have more security issues and complications when it comes to securing them than single-use kiosks. Since kiosk devices provide a wide variety of applications and the freedom to access the Internet, their attack surfaces are far smaller than them. Therefore, mobile security policies should prioritize as much as possible the security of these devices.

Mobile Technology Boosts Productivity

Technology can positively impact productivity at the workplace only if it is used effectively. Mobile devices may be meant for personal use, but they can help employees stay on top of what they need to do and increase productivity.

Several gadgets boost productivity at work:

 Smartphones

Smartphones do more than make personal calls and send text messages to employees. Today’s smartphones have advanced sufficiently to enable users to communicate with their colleagues easily, share information and updates, even while away from their desks, and keep things light and hassle-free by eliminating the need for stacks of documents with the aid of app-synchronized files.

• Wearable technology

As compared to a smartphone, it’s much quicker and easier to access emails or text messages using a smartwatch or other wearable tech device. This is a wearable device that receives real-time updates when synchronized with a smartphone. Employees can be informed about their workload by simply raising their hands.

A survey conducted by the Tech Republic found that 49% of respondents believed wearable technology would boost productivity in the workplace.

• Wireless chargers

For work purposes, most mobile employees rely on their smartphones. As a result of the lack of wires, wireless charging allows them to charge their devices without being bothered by wires yet still have the opportunity to work anywhere. In addition to promoting convenience, this allows employees to work wherever they need to.

• Tablets

A tablet can perform any function a computer can. This lightweight and highly portable device makes it easy to complete tasks anytime and anywhere.

• Pen tablets

Designers who need to complete their jobs efficiently should use pen tablets. This tool will allow artists and designers to work directly on tablets without having to transfer their work from hand-drawn to digital. The device makes the job easier and faster.

Final Words

Data loss, security breaches, and regulatory compliance violations are increasing on mobile devices. By reducing the risks they pose and addressing associated productivity issues, legal requirements, and privacy issues, you can reduce the risks they pose.

As with other security subjects, these steps include creating robust security programs and policies, communicating, assessing risks, implementing technology, and monitoring and evaluating continuously, but tailored specifically to mobile devices.

You can compete effectively in today’s mobile-first environment by ensuring your organization has well-supported mobility and security awareness programs in place.