By Helen Sutton, VP Enterprise Sales, DocuSign
In this fast-paced world, it certainly feels like we need to be everywhere, all of the time. So when we’re faced with challenges to our working day such as train strikes or a child falling ill, it can cause problems. How will we close that all-important deal if we can’t get to the office?
Thankfully, for switched on organisations, remote-working initiatives are making this an issue of the past. Companies equipping their workforce with mobile devices can electronically sign documents from anywhere and, as long as the appropriate framework has been implemented, business can keep moving. So, just how is this mobile approach impacting organisations?
Signed, sealed, secured
Just the other day on my way into work, I DocuSigned an offer letter for a new recruit. By signing that when I did, it left very little room for a competitor to swoop in and steal top talent from our business. Who knows what could have happened if that action had been delayed by another hour.
It doesn’t stop there, though. Beyond getting new recruits through the door, taking business digital and mobile can help employees develop and do their jobs more effectively. The freedom to work remotely enables the sales team, for example, to close deals in meetings out in the field and input important prospect data into the CRM system before even setting foot in the office.
For businesses to benefit from these mobile policies, however, employees have to be able to work away from the office securely. Ensuring that service providers are fully compliant and completely transparent with regards to how data is secured and stored is now an essential responsibility for any mobile business to take on. If mobile working policies are not allied with the requisite security programmes, businesses will be putting more than a deal at risk.
Round pegs for round holes
Provided that devices are secured, beyond the added functionality that remote working provides employees on the move, it can also be particularly beneficial for those who work best outside the traditional 9-5. Regardless of whether you are more productive at night, or first thing in the morning, taking business digital enables employees to get their jobs done to the best of their ability at a time that suits them.
Helping to make working hours flexible is not only attractive for current employees, it can help the business recruit more effectively, too. According to the latest research from Grass Roots, almost half of respondents said flexible working arrangements and work-life balance will be the most important benefits for them in the future. Outlining clearly in any job adverts that you offer remote working, and the digital tools to match, will be central to attracting talented candidates.
Taking your business digital in this sense then becomes part of a virtuous cycle. You can attract the best employees, offer them a way of working that suits their lifestyle and allow them to be more productive and effective in the jobs that they do on a daily basis. At every step of the journey, undertaking a digital transformation is a winning formula.