February 28, 2022

Mobility in the HR Digital Workplace

Shifting towards enterprise mobility is a lasting trend that affects any department and business, including your HR team. Mobile devices are everywhere, becoming an integral part of our daily routine both at work and at home.

Mobility in the HR Digital Workplace

But mobile devices should not be consumption devices only. Enterprise mobility offers new tools to boost productivity, increase efficiency and make collaboration easier. Some enterprises consider introduction of mobile devices at the workplace and adoption of bring your own device policy (BYOD) as an IT burden. In fact, enterprise mobility gives you a competitive advantage while making your employees happier.

Shifting to Mobile Workplace

Each and every one of your employees in the HR team is bringing at least one mobile device at work. Moreover, most employees today expect to complete certain tasks remotely and on the go. Collaboration with partners, clients and prospects does not require sitting on a desk anymore. New tools such as smartphones, tablets and cloud services enable both managers and employees to be more effective in performing their daily tasks.

Mobile apps are also a part of the equation as they allow you to complete numerous tasks on the go. There are also mobile apps that enable you to search and track job candidates as well as to match prospective candidates against a set of requirements you define. Sticking to the old corporate habits does not make your organisation any good in a digital era when mobile devices are more powerful than yesterday’s enterprise workstation.

Switching to mobile is inevitable for any business and profession and the early adopters will be the ones that will reap the most of the benefits. For instance, you can cut your HR support costs by half or more just by implementing mobile HR self-service.

Cut Your Costs and Increase Productivity

HR departments are no different when it comes to inefficient practices and costs incurred due to lack of innovation.

For instance, using landlines for doing business is not only outdated but also expensive while most of your employees do not use landline even at home. A large corporation can save millions of dollars a year by just equipping their employees with mobile devices or by allowing them to use their own devices. You can also adopt a mobile VoIP solution to reduce your costs.

Adoption of cloud solutions that are accessible from everywhere, including from home, also help you cut costs by eliminating hardware and software purchase and maintenance costs while improving your enterprise mobility capabilities.

Enterprise mobility also means you can communicate business-critical issues in real time and on the go, thus ensuring all problems are resolved faster and in close collaboration.

Wearable devices are another example for an emerging technology that can boost productivity and cut your operational costs. These new tools allow your employees to stay connected and enable HR departments to track time as well as to monitor plethora of other productivity indicators. Mobile and wearable devices are yet to develop their full potential but even now you can turn them into powerful tools to engage employees and track their performance.

Digital HR Mobile Strategy for the Future

In the 1970s, HR departments put emphasis on personnel operations and automated transactions. In the 1990s, HR was focused on creating systems for integrated talent management and implementation of new systems for recruiting, training and performance management.

But today HR must deal with creating the enterprise of the future, which is a digital one where employees are sharing ideas and data transparently through the means of various digital systems and devices.

The realisation of this goal requires HR to replace legacy systems with new tools that enable greater mobility and flexibility and which allow both HR, other managerial departments and employees to use mobile solutions that save time and eliminate the need to visit a certain office to get information or to make a specific request.

Building a mobile digital HR team requires an organisation to rethink its approach toward moving to cloud platforms, allowing remote access to corporate digital assets and employing a stress-free yet secure mobile strategy.

Enterprise mobility is no longer a novelty and plenty of tools and platforms exist that can help you implement mobile HR practices both within the HR team and the entire organisation. Nonetheless, a working mobile strategy should examine as many vendor solutions as possible and explore all innovative practices in order to implement the most suitable ones.

Also, proactively collect new and innovative ideas inside your organisation while looking at what your competitors do. New mobile solutions and apps are released daily, so keep an eye on emerging tech that can help you build a really mobile enterprise.

Concluding Words

Shifting to working mobile practices in your digital HR workplace is not a standalone process. The move should be integral part of an all-encompassing and long-term corporate strategy that takes into account your business needs and objectives. Selecting the right software tools, cloud platforms and mobile devices is of utmost importance, as you need to streamline operations and not make them more sophisticated.

Nonetheless, HR teams now face an unprecedented opportunity to transform HR operations toward digitisation and mobility as well as to transform the way employees do they work. Achieving these two goals will be a game-changer for any organisation.

Claes Widestadh Author

Claes Widestadh

Interim COO