We are in the midst of a cultural revolution in the way we consume information with mobile technology, meaning we are now able to work, and learn whenever and wherever we want.
This is no more apparent than amongst ‘Generation Y’ – those born and bred in the digital age. This demographic spends around two hours on their smartphones and uses an average of six apps a day.
But when they join the workforce in the next few years, they will have to adjust to a very different, less instinctive way of working, unless businesses begin to embrace mobile technology sooner.
Organisations are actually lagging dangerously behind and will face having mobile technology forced on them in the future if they don’t start implementing it now, according to research by mobile company EE.
The reason why many of the larger businesses are slow to embrace new technology is that, unlike the mobile generation, they were conceived before the technological revolution.
Many managers are now finding themselves restricted by certain systems and ways of doing things that have long been in place, and this dependency can make them fearful of the learning curve ahead of them.
Being resistant to change can also lead many to ignore the benefits such as increased productivity, collaboration and the growth that mobile technology provides.
Despite the cultural shift that updating systems and upgrading technology would entail, the potential to perform great work remotely, if the right technology is in place – as well as attract the best new talent, is not to be sniffed at.
Mobile apps can really improve and enhance the efficiency of working – as well as the quality of life for employees.
By paying attention now to how Generation Ys approach their student work/life balance, businesses could harness these technological solutions, and thereby increase productivity and efficiency.
More importantly though, students of today are our business managers of tomorrow, and will want to work with processes they are used to.
Similar to the idea behind bite size learning, working in chunks of time is the key to mobile working – such as being able to achieve something, or address a particular issue while standing in a queue, for example.
Devices for smartphones and tablets are already enabling employees to collaborate, share knowledge and tap into valuable resources like mentoring.
When it comes to working, managers need to approach it more efficiently, by putting methods in place that increase the amount we are doing, without increasing the amount of time we spend doing it.
If this sounds like a bit of a culture shock, remember that the majority of people are not going to be shying away from technology anytime soon.
By embracing technology, managers will find it easier to continue doing what they are good at – enabling their business and employees to grow and flourish.
Rebecca Leitch is a Content Manager for ESI International – the world leader at providing innovative training to help people manage projects, contracts and business requirements by teaching the skills which drive results.