I have been in business since 2003 till date. In all that time, I have been a firm believer in taking advantage of mobile technology to enhance business processes. I certainly have practiced what I preached. I won’t go into all the details of how I have personally used mobile technology for business or implemented it for my team members and colleagues.
Our team has also implemented this for a couple of businesses over the years.
Looking at the peculiar challenges of the Nigerian (and largely African) environment, I want to examine the possibilities that exist for businesses, their employees and productivity.
Road Traffic & Productivity
More businesses need to allow some of their staff to work remotely. I look at how the roads in Lagos are jam-packed during rush hour. People spend as much as two to three hours getting to work. Insane. How do they perform optimally at work after all that drain?
At the close of the work day, these same individuals endure another two to three hours on the road heading home. They get home super-stressed and tired, and are expected to repeat the same cycle the next day.
Are business organisations really performing at their peak when they insist that all their staff physically report to work every morning?
How about possible savings on office rent, furniture and other amenities if a remote working arrangement is implemented for some categories of staff? Could this result in lower operational costs for both the business organisation and the employee?
The Mobile Workforce
Globally, more organisations are exploring the concept of the mobile workforce – and reaping certain benefits. If you run a business, what are your thoughts and fears? If you are an employee, would you welcome this? Would you have any conditions?
PS: If you run a business and would love my help with helping to draw up a mobile strategy to enhance your business processes using mobile technology, do shoot me a mail at yomi AT yomiadegboye.com and let’s take it from there.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.