People work wherever there is an Internet connection: in their home office; on the beach; in the gym. The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.45 billion in 2016, accounting for 38% of the global workforce, to 1.87 billion in 2022, according to Strategy Analytics’ Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update 2016-2022. This corresponds to 42 percent of all employees worldwide.

Employers are clearly catching on to this and embracing the ideas that mobile working can help support more productive, enthusiastic businesses. According to research from Vodafone UK, almost one in five UK employers now operate a hot-desking policy because members of staff are so frequently out of the office.

Mobile workers vary depending on their field of work and personal circumstances. millennials will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020, and we know that the majority of millennials expect flexible working to be offered as a standard. Parents have to balance their time between family and work. Freelancers can be more productive with the increased availability of Wi-Fi. Then add to this the accelerated world we live in, where agreements and transactions can be done quickly, easily and securely on mobile apps.

But the question is: What do mobile workers really need to do their jobs effectively? Part one of this productivity series begins with the nuts and bolts.

Device

Smartphones have become essential tools of the trade for today’s mobile workers and are generally supplemented by (at least) a laptop or tablet. There is much debate around which is optimal and this will largely come down to circumstance and personal preference. Do you need the power of a laptop or the mobility of a tablet?

External Mouse and Keyboard

If you do opt for a tablet, then there are plenty of keyboards and mice to help you work on-the-go.

Portable Charger

Power, or lack of, can be the biggest hinder the feeling of freedom and flexibility of the mobile worker. Luckily, there are a range of portable chargers for smart devices and laptops alike.

Mobile Hot Spot

What good is a powered-up device without powerful internet access. In metropolitan areas, Wi-Fi is usually taken care of in almost every coffee shop, but it can be limited. So as not to rely on a dodgy connection, it is advisable to equip your laptop or tablet with a mobile hot spot.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Anyone who has worked on a plane knows the ambient bliss of these headphones. With the click of a button, the noise of annoying passenger conversations and the constant hum of the engines are veiled behind white noise.

Travel Adapter

A travel adapter is a basic travel essential, but one that is often overlooked. Fortunately, even if you do forget, many hotel rooms are equipped with power sources to suit international plugs, but if you’re on the move you’ll want to ensure you carry one.

Next up, we’ll be looking at the apps (including DocuSign’s of course) that allow you to come to agreements with just a few clicks on your mobile device.