In 2018, more than 257 million people owned a smartphone and that number will only grow in the coming years. Accordingly, more and more companies are developing mobile apps and designing websites specifically for use on mobile devices.
At the same time, in part because of the easy availability of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the number of mobile workers has also risen. The number of mobile workers is expected to be more than 105 million by the year 2020.
More and more companies have employees working off-site, telecommuting, or based internationally. In order to accommodate more flexible schedules and remote working, many companies have allowed employees to bring their own devices and use them for work purposes. This benefits everyone, as employees can use a device they’re already comfortable with for work and the company doesn’t have to supply mobile devices for them.
For many mobile employees, their mobile devices are their lifelines to the office, enabling them to remain connected to the office and communicate with coworkers. That connection goes the other way as well. The company can keep in touch with employees working remotely or who are otherwise off-site no matter where they are in the world.
Mobile Human Resources
As your company becomes more mobile and technology-friendly, so should Human Resources. In fact, many employees, especially new hires and younger employees, may expect mobile-friendly HR. Mobile technology is a part of everyday life and is seen as a norm.
Companies that aren’t prepared to use mobile technology may be seen as being behind-the-times.
Benefits of Going Mobile
There are many benefits to utilizing mobile technology for HR. This can include having information and records available to employees 24/7 from wherever they are. Mobile HR can provide the following capabilities and features:
- 24/7 access
- Time-off requests
- Tracking attendance
- Paycheck access
- HR portal
- Travel expense reimbursement
- Learning activities
Having a mobile-friendly HRIS is beneficial for HR itself because it can automate many routine tasks. It’s also ideal for employees because they can access the same information and features whether they’re working in the office, from home, at a different site, or even out of the country. All employees can benefit from being able to access their records, request time off, or check their attendance after-hours.
Another benefit of having a mobile-friendly HRIS is that you can utilize the push notification feature of mobile devices to ensure that employees are kept up-to-date with important information as quickly as possible.
With HR information available on employees’ mobile devices, a big concern is security. If an employee loses his or her phone, a lot of sensitive information could potentially fall into the wrong hands. It’s therefore important to make sure that your mobile-friendly HRIS allows HR to control who has access to what information based on role. Other security features to look for include the ability to back up, lock, delete, and control any company data that could be on employees’ mobile devices.
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