Six Tips To Make Your Mobile Phone Your Primary Work Device
Many of us are remote working at the moment, as self-isolation proves to be the most effective way for society to deal with COVID-19. Even once the immediate threat of the illness has passed, however, we’re probably going to see a shift in people’s attitude to work, as organisations start to discover that remote work, and working from home, can be much more productive and effective than dragging the entire staff into the office every day.
Working remotely does mean that we’ll rely on our mobile phones for both calls and data, and with this comes a number of considerations beyond what we usually need to think about when using our phones when working remotely.
1. Consider your phone security
If you use your personal phone to access sensitive documents, you could potentially expose them to unwanted eyeballs. Likewise, if you use your mobile hotspot to access the company network, what you’ll be doing is less secure than is ideal. It’s a good idea to provide work mobile phones to employees with decent data allowances so that they can use them for work purposes, while also giving you control over the apps that are installed on that device, and what people can use the phone to access. With strict policies, mobile use can be as secure as any other way of accessing the business networks.
Work phones don’t need to be expensive to provide, either. With a SIM-only plan from a company like Aussie Broadband, you can leverage any BYO phone, saving you and your company long term contracts and phone repayments.
2. Make use of remote access features
Tools such as LogMeIn are immensely useful when working from a mobile. Say you’re out and about, and don’t have access to your desktop. Rather than ignore a business email until you can get back to your desk, just use the LogMeIn app on your phone to access your desktop remotely, and deal with the email there and then. One of the biggest inhibitors to productivity is the constant loop of putting things off and then trying to catch up, and LogMeIn and similar tools are a remedy to that.
3. Look at your phone as “less is more”
Having too many applications on your phone can actually make you work more inefficiently. You might think that each of these apps make your job easier in some way, but having to constantly flit between them slows you down and can often become frustrating. You’ll also rapidly chew up your phone’s storage space, which you might want to dedicate to emails and other data sources.
4. Improve the functionality of your phone
Having a small, inexpensive Bluetooth keyboard with you is essential when working on your phone. The keyboard on the device is fine for super-short messages and social media posts, but if you want to write a business email or work on a document, you’re going to want to have a proper keyboard to work with. Luckily there are a lot of high quality Bluetooth keyboards out there that are specifically designed for use with mobile devices.
5. Make sure you’ve got a fast, robust service
You won’t be able to get much work done on a 3G service. To efficiently work from your mobile phone, you really will need a stable 4G connection everywhere that you’re likely to be based. No mobile provider within Australia can offer coverage across the entire nation, and each will have “black spots” that you should be aware of. Finding a provider that offers the broadest coverage possible is important.
6. Finally, don’t let the mobile phone dominate you
Because the mobile phone can travel easily with you, it’s all-too-possible to find yourself answering emails late into night, and checking online the first thing you do when waking. It’s really important for your mental health and well-being to put limitations down on the times that you (and your phone) are available, and make sure your co-workers and customers are also aware of them.
The mobile phone can help you work better, if it’s approached from the right angle. You’ll even find that you’ll be able to do more business on the phone than you might have expected possible. Just make sure that you keep in mind that it is work, and you need to consider the security of what you’re doing with the phone, and your ability to deliver quality results when working on the mobile.