Greater investment in mobile technology for employees would increase workplace productivity, new research has found.

Source for Consulting, in partnership with Advanced Business Solutions, surveyed staff from 160 UK organisations. It found that, overall, company bosses are not meeting their employees’ demands to use mobile devices in a professional capacity.

The research revealed that employees feel better remote access to HR, finance and other business critical systems would increase productivity. According to the report, 62 per cent of employees in mid-market businesses in the UK want to see greater investment in mobile technology, which would allow them remote access to back end systems, reports

The report also found that staff would prefer better access to back office systems which enable time off requests, reporting absence and submitting expenses via mobile devices. Some 56 per cent of respondents stated they would like to submit holiday requests via their smartphones, although only 23 per cent are currently able to do so.

The rise of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept has seen increasing numbers of field based staff using mobile devices to access customer information. It opens up the opportunity for streamlining HR and payroll processes – allowing staff to respond from location which enables faster response times and minimises down time.

For finance managers, the ability to easily view and approve documents such as invoices and purchase orders remotely is of great value. Currently only seven per cent of finance staff have access to customer and supplier data from a mobile, notes and only nine per cent are able to get business performance data.

Author: Chloe Menage