With schedules as demanding as ours, it’s a great comfort to know that travel days can still be work days. In today’s fast-paced business world, workers simply don’t have the time to be out of touch with their coworkers. We have to have access to information whenever we need it, whether at the office or working remotely.
It’s the same with any remote or traveling worker. But while most people carry smartphones in their pocket, the research shows that meaningful communication and collaboration with off-site workers is not all that common or easy. To put it simply, far too many remote workers don’t feel connected to their organizations. And they fear becoming irrelevant as a result — out of sight, out of mind.
In the new world of work, you need more than a smartphone to connect workers in a meaningful way. If you want to empower your mobile workforce, you need tools specifically designed for collaboration and for these workers’ unique needs.
What does it mean to be connected? It means being able to get in touch with the people you need to get in touch with, to work and collaborate with them, and to easily share information. But according to a survey of 500 remote workers in the U.S.,1 this sort of connection isn’t all that easy:
Mobile and remote workers are predicted to comprise 37.2 percent of the global workforce this year.2 If they’re not getting what they need as a matter of course, then companies need to put special effort into meeting those needs. How can they do that?