Advances in technology are seeing mobile devices become a key way in which businesses can boost their productivity and remain competitive in challenging times (as the infographic below illustrates). Mobile working gives businesses the flexibility and agility they need in a 24/7 economy and can even help to create business opportunities. For some, working away from the office is becoming the norm and it’s essential that they can work on the move and access their accounting software as easily as if they were in the office.
Research from IRIS Accounting & Business Solutions shows that three quarters of businesses now offer remote working to its employees, with 76 per cent claiming it makes their organisation more profitable and one in ten saying it gives them the edge over their competition.
The research of 140 business leaders shows that the benefits of remote working extend beyond efficiency and productivity. One in five businesses say that mobile devices allow them to provide customers with a better, more flexible service.
Trust issues amongst employers and staff regarding remote working are a thing of the past, as nearly all businesses asked (93 per cent) said they trust staff, and actually one in five found that it made staff up to 50 per cent more productive.
3 in 10 businesses say smartphones are the technology of choice for remote working. Emerging technologies are proving crucial in enabling staff to work remotely with 1 in 10 handing out tablets and 24 per cent providing workers with dongles. The move is a sign of the times as businesses embracing virtual offices becomes more popular.
We’re so used to using smartphones, apps and tablet devices in our personal life that it’s inevitable that this way of working is starting to become more widespread in business.
Infographic courtesy of Vertic.
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