Should Smartphones be Allowed in the Workplace?

October 14, 2015 | 929 views

Should Smartphones be Allowed in the Workplace?

Should Smartphones be Allowed in the Workplace?

For years, it was thought that allowing smartphones at work could be too much of a distraction. Many companies still worry about lower productivity and performance. However, when used correctly, allowing smartphones in the office can actually make your business run smoother, faster, and better.

 

Here are a few ways this can work for you.

 

Faster Communication

 

When your team is sitting across from each other at a desk, or working side-by-side, communication is easy. However, when you’re working between offices and phone lines are tied up, if you need to get ahold of someone in a pinch, you’re at a loss.

 

During busy periods, sending a quick text message to an employee in another office is often faster and easier than picking up the phone. The employee can reply faster without taking her focus away from the customer. Team members can talk about what they need from each other without interrupting a customer transaction.

 

Easier Connection Points

 

What happens when your employee is out of the office? She’s with her friends or family. Her smartphone is close by.

 

When you need to get in touch with an employee about a scheduling change or important issue, you need to connect quickly and easily. Tapping into the smartphone addiction of many people today is one way to achieve this. For example, using a scheduling app to make quick updates and requests will connect you easier and keep your business flowing seamlessly.

 

Allow smartphones in the workplace so these connections can take place among your team no matter who is at work or at home.

 

Attract More Talent

 

Millennials make up the largest age group in the workforce today, according to a new report by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. The report also found that 45% of millennials use personal smartphones for work purposes. It’s no longer a perk but instead, it’s becoming an expectation.

 

For many millennials, having a smartphone in the workplace is a non-negotiable. If a business will not allow an employee to use her smartphone, she is likely to not accept a job or to find a new job.

 

Companies who allow smartphones in the office will see an uptick in millennials applying. This is an easy way to attract and retain top talent.

 

Simplified Solutions

 

When you allow your employees to use their smartphone in the office, you avoid the need for complex systems and dated programs. Instead, you can use apps to communicate with your employees. It’s a simpler solution that your employees and you will appreciate.

 

Do You Allow Smartphones at Work?

 

Although it might seem counterintuitive at first, many times smartphones contribute to better efficiency in the workplace.

 

What is your experience with smartphones in the workplace? Have you had success with this policy? Share with us in the comments.

 

Author Profile

Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014.

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