Can you remember a time before workplace mobile phones, tablets or even laptops? In this piece, we take a look at just some of the ways that mobile technology has changed our working world forever.
Where would our modern offices be without Skype and Google Hangouts? It might be hard to believe but there was a time not so long ago when the only way to communicate with multiple team members at once was through a multi-way phone call. Thankfully we now have the technology to join up teams from around the world via video. Unfortunately, this means we can no longer accept work calls in our pyjamas.
Long gone are the days when candidates would send a cover letter and CV to a potential employer. Today, it’s all about quick and easy one-click applications. Mobile apps like Jobbio mean can apply for jobs on the go in a matter of seconds, making things a whole lot easier for employees and companies alike.
Thank goodness for Google Maps! If you’ve ever been lost in an unfamiliar city then you will know exactly what I am talking about. Before mobile technology, people had to use maps or frequently stop and ask for directions if they were in a new neighbourhood. For businesses and workplaces, this had had a huge knock-on effect, especially for transport and hospitality companies. Plus you now have no excuse for being late for a job interview just because you couldn’t find the office.
Because everyone carries their phone pretty much everywhere these days automated calls and texts are more effective than ever. Universities began using automated texts for weather warnings or accidents on campus years ago and recently larger companies have taken up the practice.
Mobile technology paved the way for workplace apps like Trello and Slack. These platforms have streamlined how we work and interact with our colleagues so much so that many of us struggle to imagine our workplaces without them.
Mobile first thinking
In 2017, 63% of all online traffic came from mobile phones vs desktop. As a result, companies around the world are now creating websites that are mobile first. This is a huge consideration not only for online traders but for service suppliers too. As a result, companies are having to change their strategy.