How to survive in a mobile enterprise
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This blog post is contributed by Anna-Maria Holdenried, who works with GTS Workplace & ICS Collaboration & Communication as well as IT Management Consulting Services at IBM.
Mobile technologies bring many advantages for the enterprise—and this is great news! The benefits include:
But what’s in it for mobile workers and high-performing employees?
Will they suffer from mobile, becoming tired and even developing health problems, or will they love it? What advantages or disadvantages can they expect from this technology? How do we bring these concerns in line with a company’s expectations about a mobile employee society?
My personal belief is that there are some rules we must follow in order to benefit from a mobile enterprise instead of suffering or getting exhausted or even burned out. Consider the following four suggestions:
You might say that the points above are relevant whether we are working through mobile or not. Sure, but our lovely little devices can exponentially raise the velocity and volume at which we work. We are now prepared to work wherever we are: during holidays, on the weekends, even when we’re cooking or shopping.
I’m convinced that if we adhere to these basic rules we can really benefit from a mobile enterprise while maintaining good boundaries with our personal life. There are great advantages to a mobile workforce too. Think about the following:
And think about this fact: Generation Y is spotting that business success, personal status and money are not the most important things. According to a brand new German study of CosmosDirekt – Die Versicherung called “Flexibility Study,” the Y generation (born after 1980) have a strong focus on personal life, probably with a family and regular leisure time. Living for the business—and career—comes in second position. This generation is clearly expressing a focus on a balanced work life, so organizations in the future must think about how to meet their working expectations—how to collaborate and communicate efficiently and how to share information and knowledge in a team.
In summary, mobile technology offers many advantages to enterprises but can also present challenges, especially for professional and high-performance workers. Maintaining good boundaries by following the rules listed above can help workers utilize mobile technology without becoming overburdened. Work-life balance is crucial to the health and well-being of workers and improves the quality of their performance and their productivity in the enterprise.
My final statement: you can survive in a mobile workforce!
Let me know your thoughts, experience and recommendations regarding survival in a mobile workplace. Leave a comment below; I’m keen to hear what you think!
Anna Maria Holdenried works with GTS Workplace & ICS Collaboration & Communication as well as IT Management Consulting Services at IBM. She is also an IBM Redbooks thought leader. Follow Anna-Maria on Twitter at @annamariaholden.