Doing Your Homework: agile working and digital transformation
It’s funny how people’s attitudes towards things can change so quickly. A friend of mine, for example, used to work in journalism in London, where going out for a few beers at lunchtime was considered perfectly normal. After a few years working in another industry, he got back into the game with a similar job to what he had before. But when he suggested a quick ‘liquid lunch’ to his new colleagues, they reacted in horror and suggested he was some sort of alcoholic. He hasn’t been to the pub at lunchtime since.
You can see a similar switch in people’s perception of working from home. It wasn’t so long ago that saying you were “working from home” was considered an excuse for having a day off, along the same lines as pretending that you were sick. It left the impression among colleagues and management – rightly or wrongly – that you weren’t committed enough to be a team player and get your job done.
Freedom of choice drives productivity
Now attitudes are very different on both sides. Employees increasingly value opportunities for flexible working, while employers want to maintain high levels of workforce satisfaction so their best talent doesn’t go elsewhere. Because of this, working from home – or indeed, from anywhere that’s out of the office – has become much more commonplace, with employers keen to support it by any reasonable means.
From a technology perspective, support for mobile and agile working can include adopting a choose-your-own-device (CYOD) policy, where staff can pick out the devices they feel would be perfect for their needs. In a world where more than half of workers say they’d be more productive if given better technology to use , employers can reap not only productivity rewards, but also a workforce that feels motivated and valued.
CYOD can be enabled effectively through leasing devices for a fixed period. So employees are always using new, reliable equipment that’s compatible with the latest software, and devices can easily be replaced by newer models when the leases run out. And flexible terms allow that employers can choose to replace or extend or buy out assets if required, on a device-by-device basis.
IT lifecycle management makes this possible in a way that improves operational efficiency for an employer like you. As all the devices on a network can be managed from an asset management portal, it takes moments to see how long is left on the lease of any device, and then plan ahead for a CYOD replacement once the lease runs out. As you can use that same portal to accurately predict what you’ll need to spend on IT and when, it helps to more effectively plan, manage and optimise your budget.
Ultimately, employees using up-to-date devices for agile working can be a disruptive force for good and a game-changer for any employer, especially when adopting IT lifecycle management. And if it proves to be successful in increasing productivity, then you could start encouraging even more staff to work from home. Or even a coffee shop (though perhaps not the pub)…
To discover more about how IT lifecycle management can make employees and employers alike more productive, watch the short video below or find out more here >>>
 Research by Sharp, 2016.