How to reap the rewards of agility
Thanks to dramatic improvements in mobile technology, SME employees are now able to work from anywhere, at any time, on devices that they are familiar with.
Flexibility and agility are no longer just niceties for SMEs, they are necessities. And with EE, it’s easier to achieve than you might think.
More agile, more productive
Giving your employees access to a range of different devices, such as tablets and smartphones, means your workforce is no longer restricted to an office. IDC has estimated that three quarters of the Western European workforce will be mobile by 2018, and a recent survey found that seventy-two per cent of workers have claimed to be more productive when working mobile.
But it’s not just about the devices themselves; a fast and robust connection is also needed to help businesses and employees get the most out of mobile working. For example, EE’s 4G network is faster than any other and now covers 95 per cent of the UK population, greatly reducing blackspots and thereby optimising productivity for businesses. When you do encounter areas with poor signal, such as basement meeting rooms and, London Underground stations, WiFi Calling from EE enables employees to continue making and receiving vital business calls over the WiFi network.
Of course, extra devices means that security becomes more of an issue. That’s why we offer a selection of new security options to match. Take Crossbridge as an example; a financial services consultancy that has a mix of permanent and temporary staff, resulting in a very distributed workforce. Crossbridge adopted MobileIron – a cloud-based service available through EE – to remotely secure and control its business-critical data. This means they can benefit from agile working, without having to compromise on security. Managing Partner Tony Clark explains: “We operate a bring-your-own-device policy within a strictly regulated environment to ensure data is completely protected at all times. It gives the business the flexibility to on-board and off-board projects more effectively.”
Attracting the best talent
If you’re known as an agile business, candidates will also be more likely to come to you, as employees now expect a certain level of flexibility in their working lives. Indeed, they have the right to request flexible working after six months of employment, which can be a powerful differentiator when it comes to both talent acquisition and, perhaps more importantly, talent retention.
Whilst being a SME in today’s digital world can come with a lot of uncertainties, one thing that is clear is that businesses can’t afford to stand still. Simply put; focusing on agility and flexibility will make your business more competitive and, with EE providing the underlying network to make this possible, the time to act is now.