1. Being flexible has its advantages

    A new IBM global study has discovered the enterprises that are building a more flexible workplace are realizing substantial improvements in employee productivity while reducing costs.  The report on the study issued by IBM’s Center for Applied Insights indicates that one segment of the sample — which the report labels forward thinkers — are reporting productivity gains and cost savings up to 20%.  The report provides insights as to what the forward thinkers are doing to deliver benefits greater than others in the study.  While the study found that their enterprises tended to have a high percentage of remote workers and were required to support the greatest number of devices, it also found that these enterprises started with the development of a comprehensive enterprise workplace and mobility strategy.  In addition, they have also demonstrated a willingness to turn to outsourcing or managed services to help manage the flexible workplace and to support an increasingly remote and mobile workforce.

    As the move to greater flexibility and mobility of the workforce advances, 74% of the CIOs and IT Managers interviewed for the study indicated that they are placing greater priority on the flexible workplace compared to other investments over the next 12 months. They understand that supporting and securing remote work is a challenge that they must address — for not only are the benefits real, but workers are also demanding greater flexibility in where they work and the type of devices they use.  These workers need to have access to the same critical applications and data from mobile devices as they have had in the office.

    The report also emphasizes the critical elements of the flexible workplace: mobility, collaboration, support, and security, and includes key questions that need to be answered in order to increase productivity, reduce costs, and maintain security.

    IBM’s own workforce is highly mobile with thousands of office-based employees moving out of IBM locations to work more closely with clients or in home offices.  And, in the short video below, which recounts IBM’s experience in building a truly mobile enterprise, it’s clear that this move toward greater mobility will continue to build momentum.

    You can access the report — Achieving Success with a Flexible Workplacehere.  And, you can also explore the range of Mobility Services that IBM offers to help clients build the flexible workplace.