The desk ephemeral
When it comes to workspace, think mobile management
Still have a Rolodex? If so, when was the last time you added a business card? With a mobile device you can fit the equivalent of a Rolodex the size of a smart car into your pocket. Or you can simply bump together two properly “apped” mobile devices and, magically, “mi info es tu info.”
The desktop has not been the same since the disruptive innovation of desktop computing sent the typewriter to the abyss of obsolescence. And we now carry our work space everywhere thanks to an ever-increasing array of mobile devices.
Spring brings new opportunities. And for business owners, there’s an opportunity to look at how a changing – and more mobile – workspace can be managed and used to help increase the productivity of yourself and your employees.
As your workforce becomes more mobile, it becomes important to be more engaged. This can be done through smaller group meetings if one-on-one time is unachievable. Small groups encourage exchanges of ideas, which can help infuse innovation. Managers can also employ another time-tested innovation – the conference call.
Clear employee goals and manager expectations help keep everyone on track. Achieving goals within an allotted time period demonstrates a commitment to tasks, which helps build a bond of trust – the backbone of a mobile or semi-mobile workforce.
When employees need a place to land, managers need to ensure there’s a place ready in the office. Here employees can set face-to-face meetings and gain access to necessary support services. This also helps reaffirm a sense of belonging with the mobile worker.
Remember, managers don’t just manage; they also connect employees to the goals and aspirations of a business and to each other. And if you’re managing a mobile workforce, these ideas can help you build stronger bonds of connectivity and employee productivity in 2016.
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