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What is 'Enterprise Mobility'

Enterprise mobility is the trend of employees being able to work remotely while having all the same accesses they would at an on-site location.

BREAKING DOWN 'Enterprise Mobility'

Enterprise mobility is an increasingly popular way for employers to be able to employ whomever they find to be a best fit for a position, regardless of any geographical or physical barriers. These types of positions are commonly referred to as remote positions.

Remote work can be tailored to fit many different needs. Whether it be for an employer that wishes to cut overhead by not having a brick and mortar location, or for employees that travel for work but still need unfettered access to everything they would have while in the company’s home office. This is an especially common practice in sales positions when a salesperson needs to be able to access information and contracts quickly while both in the office or while meeting off-site with a client.

Enterprise mobility is not without its downsides. Many believe that it is harder to un-plug and clock out now that there is continuous access to the office. As technology advances, many people can work remotely through their cell phone and still have access to everything they need to do their job. This turns wherever they are into a mobile office. Whether that be at home in bed in the middle of the night or from the side of the pool while on vacation, employees find themselves unable to get away from work.  

Enterprise mobility doesn’t just refer to the employees, but also to corporate data. The mobility of data also presents a range of benefits and concerns. Being able to access corporate data across multiple platforms, from any location, makes it easier for employees to complete their job. This makes companies more successful and profitable when their operations aren’t limited by hours or business locations. As the information is always readily available, there are inherent risks present. Corporations must now increase security to cover their data as well. Data breaches are not uncommon these days and many companies, including giant corporations like Yahoo, have reported breaches recently.

What is a Remote Employee

Take for example Lauren Jones, a remote employee of Friss and Frass Publications. Lauren works as a content creator and writes the weekly newsletter for the company. Lauren can do this job completely from home. She logs onto her lap top in her home office and accesses the website that Friss and Frass uses to publish their newsletter, as well as their complete list of customers and sales reports. This allows her to tailor the newsletter each week to the publications trending topics. She can also log onto her company email account and respond to any questions or issues that may arise from her editor and the owner of the company, Michelle Friss. However, Friss and Frass is in Boston, and Lauren is in Pennsylvania. She has never actually met Michelle or any of her other co-workers face-to-face. This is because her position is entirely remote, much like many of the positions of the company, and she can perform all her job duties over the internet.

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