The global workforce is mobile. And the ratio of such is only increasing. Teams in virtually every role and company function rely on their smartphones, tablets, and laptops to stay connected, 24/7. It’s a big part of your business having information mobility. But it’s not the only thing.
Information mobility represents a major paradigm shift in the world of work — the way that information is disseminated throughout an organization, how employees stay connected with each other through new technology, and how entire workforces can be more productive— all during a very transformative time for businesses.
But there are a lot of misconceptions about information mobility. Here are three of the most common:
MYTH #1: INFORMATION MOBILITY IS ONLY ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
What’s important to keep in mind about information mobility is that the business strategy involves more than just devices. Smartphones and laptops represent a means to an end goal — having anytime, anywhere access to your vital information. But that ignores the people side of the equation. As we grow more connected, workers often find it difficult to work across generations, understand new technologies, or maintain a strong work-life balance.
An information mobility strategy requires a people-first approach. Not sure where to start? Ask yourself these questions:
- How do I ensure my business or employees are “present,” even when we’re not physically in the room?
- How do my employees stay connected with each other? And me with them?
- How can my staff work together to be more productive?
The answers to these questions are far from straightforward — it’s up to today’s most innovative companies to forge new paths and test answers.
MYTH #2: INFORMATION MOBILITY MEANS ALWAYS-ON
An always-on mindset is great for business, right? Organizations want their employees to stay connected at all times.
But you’re not dealing with devices here. You’re dealing with people – human beings who need their downtime. Sitting for hours in front of a screen every day can wear on even the most cheerful or optimistic members of your team – and if you’re demanding more and more of their free time, you’re going to find less productive and happy employees.
A business with information mobility treats workers like the assets they are, and provides the tools and training that every worker needs to be most productive. No matter if the worker is a 23 year-old recent college graduate, or an executive that’s three years from retirement.
MYTH #3: THE JOURNEY DOESN’T MATTER
Your internal processes and operations are vital to the success of your information mobility strategy. You need to make sure that your team members have the resources that they need to effectively share and use information in any format they need. And in some cases, people may not be sure how to use tools effectively — or which tools to use, for that matter.
Simply put, how you make change matters just as much as the end result. People need training, guidance and direction — and the tools you choose will be invaluable to their productivity. A change management strategy that addresses the unique needs of your workforce is critical. Choose tools and methods that are compatible with your existing technologies, easy to use, reliable, and scalable within your organization. You can even try these changes out with a small test group on a small segment of your workforce before deploying them to the entire organization.
Information mobility is the future of work, and something businesses have already begun exemplifying today. The benefits are clear, but the “how” can be much more challenging for your growing employee base. Keeping that in mind will pay off with any information mobility strategy.
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