How the mobile workforce could be damaging your business

Learn how to avoid the risks of poor visibility in your workplace

According to a recent Cisco study on the global workplace, 3 out of 5 workers say they no longer need to be in the office to be productive. Clearly, times are changing and as people get more accustomed to mobile work environments, managers are facing problems they’ve never seen before.

 

 

Only decades ago the work environment was a well-oiled machine, it had structure, a clear hierarchy, and physical accountability. With the growing mobile workforce how can you even be sure your team members are working productively?

Mobile workforces create information gaps without the right infrastructure to support them. In this month’s blog we look at how you can get visibility of your mobile workforce and minimise the gaps in your organisation.

Why are the best global organisations fighting to gain visibility of their mobile workforce?

The best businesses understand that information is absolutely critical for how they’re able to make decisions.

How can you make a call on the direction of your business, your workforce, or your industry if you don’t have visibility of how all your resources are being engaged?

For mobile workforces this is critical due to the uncontrolled nature of the working environment. You need visibility of this data for:

  • Health and Safety reasons;
  • Communications and record keeping;
  • Command and control; and
  • Efficient resourcing.

What’s absolutely clear is that you can’t collate the right data and make the right decision when information gaps are present.

What can I do to gain visibility of my workforce

The best businesses bridge the gap by leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT). Fully utilising the IoT requires an investment in a range of physical devices embedded with electronics.

This means putting electronics, software, sensors, and networking equipment into vehicles, buildings, and other key employee items.

There are six core areas your organisation needs to take into account to ensure you’ve got visibility of your mobile workers:

  1. Access control
  2. Holding data when there is no connection
  3. Synchronization
  4. Upgrading of software
  5. Bandwidth
  6. Error control of transmissions

Depending on your businesses unique circumstances, these considerations will be weighted differently – but all are critical for obtaining visibility of your remote workforce.

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What are my next steps?

If you’ve currently got multiple staff working and collecting information off-site, it’s time you invested in a system which provides you with total visibility.

Over three decades Mintec has worked with numerous clients to develop discreet solutions to this problem of workplace visibility.

We’re specialists in managing multiple information inputs and ensuring you’ve got accessibility to all the data you need to make the right business decisions.

Take the first step in filling in your organisation information gaps by giving us a call on +61 3 9660 5500 or send us a message outlining your areas of concern in your business.

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