In 2013 we’re hooked up to the internet everywhere we go, at all times of the day; it’s no surprise then that, in order to make us more productive, the business world has embraced and even pushed the proliferation of constant connectedness. So how does it work? Why are we doing it? Is it a good idea?
Mobile devices are more powerful than they’ve ever been. Since businesses have caught on to cloud computing technology, which is when they run entire systems directly off of the internet instead of their device, it’s become possible for people to log into their work applications and files from anywhere at any time securely so that they can monitor work information and respond to it at any time. This is much better than earlier technology because instead of, perhaps, just sending emails and checking something online, you can now get onto the cloud computer from your phone and directly work on your stuff, your phone basically is your work computer. The nice thing is that as employers increasingly provide these
Using your mobile device for work is necessary in today’s business world primarily to keep up with the metaphorical Jones’, depending on your job of course. As technology improves and businesses operate off of information that is more and more current it becomes more difficult for others to compete if they don’t use the same strategies. As key members of businesses are able to keep track of information and receive updates more and more quickly they’re able to respond to problems more rapidly and make decisions on the fly, which means that they waste a less money than their older counterparts. As a result they become more profitable and can afford to lower prices to edge out competitors.
Additionally this allows people to connect securely with each other instantly at any time of day or night for meetings, which is immensely useful if you’re working with people who are on the other side of the planet, many time zones removed, or if they’re on the move on business trips.
What does that Mean?
It means that as the future unfolds we are going to be increasingly able to connect to work, and that means we need to learn how to take control of our own time. Being constantly connected also means never being properly “off” of work unless you consciously make the decision to unplug. Using mobile technology for your company’s advantage is relatively easy, but learning to using for your own personal advantage in the sense of your greater well-being is hard.
Is it a Good Idea to Continue?
The metaphorical cat is out of the bag, we will not be going back to the days of conducting business only between the hours of 9-5. The most important thing for us to do is to adapt to this new technology, as most young people already have, and to learn to be the master of our own technology for our own benefit on our terms rather than just allowing it to chain us to our work.
Author Bio: Richard Turkel is a technology blogger who writes about business technology solutions. He currently writes for mobile management services provider BMC. In his free time, Rich spends his time on the mountain shredding powder.