Shawn, one of our partners and our director of operations, recently went on vacation to Hong Kong. And then Palm Springs. And then Mexico. Soon, he’ll be on the road for several business trips across Canada.
On his trips, Shawn’s phone was working, as was his email. He didn’t get hit by big roaming fees. Most importantly, Shawn continued to take care of his clients and keep them happy. We’re guessing most people had no idea he was even on vacation.
IT mobility can revolutionize the way you do business and the way your employees work. We think it’s made us happier and more efficient, and it also makes our face-to-face interactions more productive and meaningful. Gone are the days when everyone needs to be in the same room to do business.
Here’s how you can make IT mobility work for you when you’re on the road:
VoIP phones: You can forward your desk phone to your mobile phone while you’re away, or have you voicemails sent to your inbox as a recording. You don’t even need to change your outgoing voicemail message, because you won’t be missing any calls.
Mobile email: Log in and peruse your inbox from anywhere in the world.
Get online: Plenty of countries offer faster internet than Canada. Take advantage of it by connecting to wifi with your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Roaming fees: Do you research on ways to reduce roaming fees. Services like Know Roaming are making those fees disappear almost entirely.
How to integrate IT mobility into your existing business:
Allow work at home: If it works for your business, let your employees work from home part or all of the time. Letting them do this shows you trust them and will boost morale.
BYOD: Encourage your employees to bring and use their own smart phones and tablets on the to work and on the road, and offer to reimburse them for any added costs. Those costs will be much lower than the costs of buying new equipment and you’ll still benefit from the mobility.
Be flexible with hours: Give your employees mobile freedom. They may choose to complete a project that’s not time sensitive at home in the evening rather than at 2 p.m. in order to skip traffic and get home for dinner with their family.
Have people on call in case of emergency: Rather than having everyone on call or in the office all the time, choose a handful of people to answer their cell phones and emails in case of an emergency.
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