As the smartphone becomes more intrinsic to both our personal and professional lives, companies are finding huge benefits in using the smartphone to help add more flexibility to the roles of employees.
That flexibility could involve working from home or on the commute to it, working part-time, across multiple office locations or on the road – and the right smartphone is capable of this.
Working flexibly is a growing trend, with an analysis of data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics showing 30% of the labour force – 3.5 million people – regularly work from home.
Perhaps surprisingly, 42% who claimed to be working from home said they did it to catch up on workloads – a stat that checks out against a recent study by Global Workplace Analytics that found ‘telecommuters’ were 35% more productive.
For employees working at home, technology like the Samsung DeX allows them to transfer seamlessly from their Galaxy S8 device onto a compatible desktop screen, rather than working across multiple devices between home and the office.
The Galaxy S8 also allows employees to stay up-to-date with their work emails, documents or enterprise software while they’re running errands, which means they don’t lose that time when also attending to personal appointments.
This is just one reason it makes sense for businesses to offer employees more flexibility. It’s also a big factor in attracting new talent; PwC’s NextGen report found that “flexibility in where they work and how much they work is a key driver in satisfaction,” for millennials, with 64 percent indicating they would like to work flexibly.
As smartphone screen-size has steadily increased, users are getting more comfortable managing their whole lives from their phone. The Galaxy S8 screen is bigger than previous Samsung models, which means it’s simple to multitask on your phone, and the option to increase the memory size up to 250GB with a MicroSD card (sold separately) allows the user to edit, store and manage huge files without needing to sit at a desk, plugged into a server.
The right technology can save businesses thousands every year. Alinean Inc found mid-sized companies were spending more than $13,000 a year on IT per employee.
For every role that requires a laptop and smartphone as standard, a Samsung Galaxy S8 and DeX station could suffice, with the added benefits of the employee not having to lug a laptop and charger with them every day.
A flexible workforce can also be a happier one.
In the ‘Guide to Agile Working’, the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) writes “where employees are given the autonomy and empowerment to choose where and when they work, as long as their job can be done, a culture is created that removes the artificial measures of success, such as time and attendance, and focuses on results and performance.”
Staying organised while you’re working flexibly is also possible when your workforce can utilise productivity hacks, such as the virtual assistant on the Galaxy S8, and having all their most-used apps available to them on their smartphone and desktop with the DeX.
If you’re not always in the same place, keeping your most important notes, staying across key events or issues, and ensuring your diary is up to date is extremely important. With the Galaxy S8, there are multiple virtual assistants available to users, including Bixby, the Samsung virtual assistant, at the touch of a button.
While the ENEI concedes not all work is suited to complete flexibility, allowing your employees a measure of flexibility can make them happy and productive – and a great way to equip a diverse workforce is through a capable smartphone.