Upwardly Mobile

Mobile Technology Changing the Way We Live Our Lives

Deloitte’s ‘upwardly mobile’ report commissioned by EE highlights the state of mobile working in the UK today, and outlines the missed opportunity that has resulted in lost productivity and cost savings worth millions of pounds.

According to the report, 56% of Generation Y* respondents believe mobile improves their productivity, yet only 21% of employees in large organisations are equipped to work away from their desks.

In addition to this, 39% of employees said they would be more productive at work if they could perform tasks from more convenient locations.

It seems as though British businesses have fallen behind other countries in terms of mobility. This is mainly due to barriers that include the cost of mobile technology and also the threat to confidential data. According to the report, 63% of respondents said that security policies restrict their choice and use of mobile technology.

Link to reportTo overcome these concerns, businesses and other organisations need to better understand how mobility can be used a strategic enabler.  As Public Sector Nomads have evidenced for over a decade now, mobile technology can transform and change ways of working, improving service delivery and saving cost.

The report investigates how mobile strategy, process, technology and culture currently impact on the productivity of British businesses and looks at how they can evolve the mobile-enabled workforce to bring about transformational change.

Interestingly, the report tells us that a third of employees can think of better ways of working using mobile technology in their everyday jobs, but most are not being given the opportunity to implement change.

It seems key for both the public sector and businesses to look further than cost and security concerns –  mobile can significantly improve productivity, efficiency and  customer experience.

Download the report here (pdf).

Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation, is the demographic cohort following Generation X and usually used to signify that portion of the population born from the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generation_Y