What Technology Do Remote Workers Need to Stay Productive?

Thursday August 25, 2016

With respect to modern workforce trends, flexibility reigns supreme. According to the Latest Telecommuting Statistics procured by Global Workplace Analytics, 80 to 90 percent of the U.S. workforce says they would like to telework at least part time – at least two to three days a week. Meanwhile, IDC forecasts the U.S. mobile worker population to reach just over 105 million by 2020, which is more than 70 percent of the current workforce.

With so many employees working away from their offices, it’s important that they know what technology is available to help them stay productive and fully engaged.

Staying Charged

Nothing can cut a workday short quite like a power outage in the office. When the servers and phone systems are down, employees are largely cut off from the software and hardware that allows them to be productive. The same concept applies with mobile workers. Remote workers won’t always have easy access to power outlets. Even if there is, a lapse in judgment can cause even the most efficient mobile worker to accidently leave their charger at home. In this case and others, employees often have to race against the clock in a stress-inducing frenzy to complete their assignments before the battery completely drains. 

However, solutions-driven technology providers have identified mobile workers’ pain points and have developed the products and services that address these issues. For instance, a USB battery pack is an essential tool for remote workers who spend any significant amount of time on the road. They are compact and lightweight depending on the brand you get and can help power up your electronic devices anywhere from 30 to 70 percent. This gives you that extra boost of power to complete your projects on time.

Staying Online

Similar to electrical outlets, Wi-Fi may not always be available or functioning properly when you work away from the office. That’s why mobile hotspots can sometimes be crucial for remote workers to get anything done. You have to face the fact that that all mobile hotspots require contracts; however, the good news is that they are offered by every major mobile carrier including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.  

These hotspots provide mobile workers with a flexible option to stay online, depending on the hardware, plan, and usage available to each mobile worker. Besides connecting laptops and phones, they are also compatible with tablets, cameras and all other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, allowing all electronics to stay connected and working properly.

Staying Connected

Just because mobile workers are away from the office doesn’t mean they can’t stay just as connected as their stationary counterparts. With communication software such as HipChat, hubEngage and even Google Hangouts, mobile workers can stay engaged in the conversation even if they’re hundreds of miles away.

Another thing to consider is staying connected to a printer. When you’re working out of the office, oftentimes access to a printer can be infrequent and the nearest print shop may be inconveniently out of your way. Cartridge World has developed PrintWorld™, a mobile app that allows for on-the-go printing and scanning from WiFi-connected locations. With the help of mobile apps like PrintWorld, remote workers can make use of both digital and physical documents and have them available at their convenience.

PrintWorld™, powered by Samsung, provides more than 96 million mobile and remote workers around the world the ability to print and scan documents from their smartphones, tablets or laptops when they’re away from the office. This affirms Cartridge World’s role as a strategic partner for remote workers and business owners who want to create and sustain efficient, productive operations.