In the highly advanced global marketplace of today, business can get done from nearly anywhere and at any time of day (or night). And the mobile phone, a leading driver of the work-from-anywhere revolution, has become a vital tool for members of the on-the-go workforce.
Of course, most 21st century workers bring their own mobile phones to the job every day. And for many business decision-makers, this might make it tempting to consider, as a money-saving measure, having employees use their personal devices for work purposes. But experts call this an unwise move, for a number of reasons.
Consider these five big benefits that having a business mobile plan can deliver for businesses of all shapes and sizes:
- Improved communication and collaboration — When a business’s workers are equipped with company-issued mobile phones, company leadership can ensure that all employees have leading-edge devices, as well as access to all the apps and other critical tools needed for the job. As might be expected, this helps boost collaboration, communication and efficiency for the entire workforce. It also helps ensure across-the-board compatibility, which is especially critical when in-the-field employees need to access cloud-based applications and files shared by the entire team.
- Enhanced security — Today’s ill-intentioned cybercriminals have developed advanced ways to (often stealthily) gain access to users’ personal digital devices. And when a business allows an employee to access important company data and networks with his or her own device, it is impossible to know who else has had access to the employee’s phone. It is also impossible to know what sites the device has been used to visit and what apps are installed on it. All of this can put the company’s digital assets, including proprietary internal documents, client contact information and even the entire project management system, at high risk for intrusion by hackers. Alternatively, when company-issued mobile phones are used, the business can better control important security measures such as device access and what apps can be installed on employees’ business phones.
- Heightened levels of professionalism — Having employees use personal phones for company business can convey an unprofessional appearance for any enterprise. Further, when an employee uses the same smartphone for business and personal calls, the likelihood that the worker will mistakenly answer business calls in an overly casual, less-than-professional manner is greatly enhanced. On the other hand, when business calls are restricted to company-issued phones, the chances of such unprofessional accidents are significantly reduced. In addition, the business can better control such important customer touchpoints as voicemail greetings, and employees’ business voicemail inboxes can be connected to the company communications system for enhanced accessibility, sharing and storage capabilities.
- Added flexibility — When a company uses a business mobile plan for its workforce, the best carriers offer a variety of ways to customize the plan to best meet the business’s specific needs.
- Increased speed (and, as a result, higher productivity) — When company-issued mobile devices are connected to its in-office Wi-Fi network, it’s important the business has a robust internet connection. FTC Business offers Business Internet Plans that can deliver blazing-fast speeds up to a Gig, the fastest available in the area. And with faster speeds, of course, workers can get their daily tasks completed more quickly, delivering added efficiency and productivity.
Ready to deliver all of these advantages to your on-the-go employees with a leading-edge business mobile plan? FTC offers a full lineup of Business Wireless Plans that can be tailored to fit your company’s needs, along with a range of smartphones that can boost workforce mobility, connectivity and productivity.
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