The line between work life and personal life is constantly being blurred, as employees strive to complete work during all hours of the day. Businesses are shying away from the traditional nine to five and moving towards more flexible work hours and more flexible work “places”. The ability to work on the go has become the standard, and more in demand. It’s become increasingly more common for companies to provide their employees with a business smartphone and here are the biggest reasons why:
Look at your smartphone, now back to BB-8, now back to your smartphone, now back to BB-8. Sadly, your smartphone isn’t BB-8, but in a few years it could be!
In just 10 short years mobile devices have gone from convenient gadgets to extensions of our very selves. In the same timespan, they’ve also become primary expenses for consumers and businesses alike. In 2013, North Americans paid on average between $500 and $800 per year for cell phone plans, not including long-distance, roaming and overage charges.
What does this mean for a business of 10 employees with smartphones? How about 50 or 100? Fortunately, another way has emerged for businesses to deploy and budget for their employee’s mobiles.
Communications drives performance in nearly every aspect of business, as pointed out by the Harvard Business Review. How many projects are misguided, disasters mismanaged and solutions delayed due to poor communications? Pretty often for the average company. Where many solutions come from improved office culture and management philosophies, there’s one communication barrier that can only be remedied by better telecom and real user confidence: distance.
With a smartphone in every suit pant pocket, it’s no wonder that most businesses are reeling from growing cell phone bills. The question on every CFO’s mind is how do we cut the costs without losing the devices and their benefits? While it’s unlikely that mobile expenses will be coming down for businesses with incumbent carriers at the helm, providers like Epik might have a solution sooner than expected.