Back in 2006, only 14% of employers offered teleworking to employees. In 2011, that number was up to nearly 60%. According to the 2010 US census, “…9.4% of U.S. workers, labored at least one day at home per week in 2010, compared with 9.2 million people, or 7% of U.S. workers in 1997”. That’s an increase of over 4 million workers during that period. The movement towards remote working is becoming a considerable influence in companies.
With more employees working on the road, at home, or spread across the country, collaboration has become an increasingly difficult concept to constructively apply. Many professional service companies have employees and clients spread throughout numerous regions, with a variety of issues that need to be resolved.
Here at SBS Group, we have over 35 offices, spread throughout the United States. On a weekly basis, there are calls from our New Jersey headquarters with sales personnel in Texas and Ohio, marketing calls with team members in Chicago, Denver, and Kansas, and presentations with consultants from Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Mobile collaboration has played a significant role in making sure all these moving parts work together.
One of the best ways to keep groups connected is through internal applications. “A recent survey of IT pros at 6,275 organizations found 66 percent were considering developing a corporate app store.” With products like Microsoft SharePoint, companies can build apps for laptops, netbooks, tablets, and phones to “…provide workers access to the information and applications that they need to do their jobs.”
The ability to share content at a mobile level and provide instant access to data and presentations allows for collaboration in the office, at home, or on the road. One of the biggest challenges to implementing successful collaboration strategies is cost. SBS Group offers a low cost, fixed solution to get your employees collaborating in just two weeks. Check out our program: Microsoft SharePoint Up in 2 and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.