From the time saved in the daily commute to increased workplace flexibility and greater job satisfaction, remote working is helping organisations achieve an increase in positive company culture and boosting productivity that benefits the bottom line.
Remote workforces can struggle to be productive and effective if they lack reliable, purpose-built workspaces and data storage facilities that come with an onsite office location.
Organisations looking to address this issue are investing in securing the right devices for their remote employees. But this is not as simple as purchasing an off-the-shelf device. Business leaders need to find devices with the right features and capabilities that match their organisation’s needs and deliver quality outcomes.
There are four features that enterprises must demand from their mobile devices:
Workers rarely operate in isolation, even when working remotely. It’s essential to choose a mobile device that makes it easy and enjoyable to work as part of a team. For example, devices should include a digital canvas that lets users share and display information when working with others, collaborating in real time. Devices should also include support for collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams, further empowering workers to get more done, easily.
Remote workers will often multitask or have several applications or resources running on their device simultaneously. Certain programs, apps, and web browsers can drain battery life more than others, which can present a problem for unsuspecting users. Batteries on remote devices must provide long life when not directly connected to a power source. It’s important to choose devices that detect high battery consumption and optimise its output, for example, automatic battery saver functions.
Administrators must be able to manage mobile devices effectively to ensure that all workers remain productive and connected, without the frustration that can occur when devices don’t work as they should Decision-makers should choose mobile devices that offer insightful and comprehensive reporting regarding device status, security updates, noncompliant devices, usage, and device health. It is worth enquiring about artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) as these have been implemented in reporting tools to detect and alert on unusual activity such as content uploads or downloads or suspicious user behaviours.
Apps, programs, and software such as cloud storage are constantly being updated to keep up with digital trends and developing capabilities. Mobile devices that do not use the latest processors may be unable to ensure consistent, reliable operation, which can affect business productivity.
Blue Connections works with organisations to help provision their workforces with the right devices to maintain productivity even in an increasingly remote work culture.
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