Mobile devices in the workplace: 10 years on

MobileDevices_Feature.pngEarly in January, at a time when many of us were still recovering from the holidays, a certain device celebrated an anniversary. While the 9th of January went unnoticed for many, it marks the date 10 years ago that Steve Jobs announced the iPhone and changed the mobile world forever.

Today, Apple continues to dominate and shake the mobile technology industry, even a decade after its first release. We're seeing mobile phones and smart devices pervade further and further into our lives, and our jobs seem to be the next frontier.

The emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is having a transformative effect on industry and how companies handle the presence of personal devices in the workplace. Here's why you should, at the very least, give personal mobile phones a chance in the spirit of unified communication.

People are looking at their phones anyway, so why not put the office in there?

Personal smartphones and mobile devices are now a staple, transforming how we interact with the world through something we keep in our pockets. We naturally bring them into our places of work, and so companies must account for their presence in the workplace.

According to Pew Research, 69% of of US smartphone owners use their phone at work, while 80% use their smartphones to coordinate face-to-face meetings and 74% use their smart phones to remember tasks that need completing.

While this might seem alarming for some employers, rather than curtailing this use of personal devices, why not roll with it? If employees are going to be on their phones, why not have them work from there? 

A mobile office for mobile workers

According to Azzurri Communications, mobile applications can increase employees' productivity in web conferencing by 56 percent, instant messaging by 56 percent, video conferencing by 58 percent, workflow management by 62 percent, CRM/customer information by 70 percent, file share/data access by 78 percent, and email by a whomping 94 percent.

With the integration of mobile into your business communication strategy, employees can carry their office with them wherever they go. Fonality's Heads Up Display (HUD) Mobile gives workers CTA_UCMobile.pngaccess to real-time presence, instant messaging, visual voicemail and more. Even if they're on their iPhones, they are still connected and doing their job.

To learn more about mobile adoption, download our FREE eBook, Unified Communications for a Mobile Workforce: The Key to Successful Management of a Geographically Diverse Organization.

Tara Banda
About the author: Tara is a creative copywriter with nearly nine years of professional experience developing digital content, including web copy, social media, video, infographics, email, and more. Her experience has been split between agency life and corporate marketing, and she currently specializes in B2B marketing to SMBs. She still thanks the stars for finding a career relevant to her degree. When not writing, she can be found at home perfecting her dishes for the Master Chef audition she will one day enter.