Four Reasons Your Organisation Needs a Mobile Intranet
With each passing year, workplaces are becoming more dispersed and work days less defined. Flexible working has done away with the traditional 9-to-5, and the internet has enabled workforces to grow beyond their normal constraints, such as location and time zone. The world is also experiencing a huge rise in the number of deskless, or remote, workers. These reasons alone highlight that conventional corporate intranets are no longer fit for purpose.
It seems, therefore, that most organisations would be looking to develop mobile intranets that meet the needs and expectations of the mobile-friendly workforce, but research has shown that most modern businesses still do not have fully functioning mobile-friendly intranets. With this in mind, here are four reasons why your organisation would benefit from a mobile intranet.
The workplace is becoming increasingly digital. A Gallup survey found that 43% of employees work remotely at least part of the time. The global workforce is slowly but surely becoming dominated millennials, who are wed to their smartphones. A large overall proportion of the global workforce is now made up of non-desk, or deskless, workers who often do not have access to corporate email addresses or computers. With all these factors in mind, it is evident that to foster inclusivity and connection between these widely dispersed workforces – dispersed in age, location and attitude – mobile platforms are the common ground that should be capitalised upon.
More Effective Communication
Mobile platforms, like mobile phones, are by definition not tied to one location or place – they are mobile. This makes these especially useful for internal communication that conventional methods aren’t suited for, such as connecting workers in different time zones or on different continents. It is also no secret that user experience (UX) is at the forefront of mobile design – mobile apps are designed to be as quick, simple and easy-to-use as possible. So making your internal communications mobile will not only allow you to connect with people in different parts of the world, but it will also be simple and straightforward.
Improved Adoption Rates & Better Productivity
A mobile intranet will improve both adoption rates and productivity among your employees. More people will use and adopt a mobile intranet because they can access it on their mobile phones. Employees will also be more productive with a mobile intranet – people encounter downtime during the day, and one of the biggest causes of this is lack of ready access to information. Corporate intranets can only be accessed at certain times in certain places, whereas a mobile intranet can be accessed anywhere, at any time.
Traditional Intranets Can’t Evolve & Scale
One of the bigger problems with old, traditional corporate intranets is that they can’t evolve or scale to fit the needs of growing or changing organisations. This ultimately means that if your corporate intranet is no longer fit for purpose, and you want to change it in some consequential way, you will have to start from scratch. Unfortunately, corporate intranets were never designed with our current technological reality in mind. They were never built with consideration to mobile phones, or more generally the rapid technological growth that is now almost synonymous with modern society and living. Mobile intranets, on the other hand, are what is termed an ‘evergreen’ solution. As the name suggests, mobile intranets have significant perennial value – if they need to be changed or updated, they can be. Ultimately, mobile intranets are a solution that can be continually updated and tweaked with small, frequent releases, meaning they avoid one of the biggest problems of traditional intranets – getting stuck in the past.
Watch our mobile intranet video to find out more about the importance of going mobile with your intranet.