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How going mobile can make you more efficient

Posted by Dude Solutions Canada, Inc. | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How going mobile can make you more efficient When you're running an assisted living community, it can often feel like there's always something that needs attention. Between caring for the needs of the residents, keeping up with maintenance concerns, managing the budget and addressing the needs of your staff, it's not uncommon to feel like you're constantly running out of resources. 

The success of your community depends largely on you and your support staff having the tools at their disposal necessary for them to do their jobs. As communities grow and the needs of residents expand in both scope and depth, care staff are constantly in need of more efficient and effective tools. 

Fortunately, the mobile landscape is poised to provide some of the most flexible and versatile tools available - all within the palm of your hand. 

Leveraging the tech you use every day 

One of the best and most powerful advantages of mobile technology is that the hardware is already largely in place. So many adults in the U.S. already own at least one smartphone that adopting or adapting a workplace solution for mobile requires very little in the way of initial hardware buy-in.

According to the Pew Research Center, around 64 percent of American adults own a smartphone - almost double the amount of adults who were smartphone owners in 2011. Importantly, mobile is becoming more than just a supplementary Internet device. In fact, Pew noted that some 10 percent of Americans rely on their smartphones completely for their high-speed Internet access.

Apps and the cloud

Another key benefit mobile hardware offers is its capacity to run apps. These smartphone- or tablet-specific programs offer valuable portals to specific functions ranging from online banking to real-time communication. Training Journal reported that of the employees who regularly use apps in the workplace, 63 percent of them indicated that their apps help them save time, while another 39 percent cited their apps' ability to keep them on top of their scheduled tasks. Even more attractively, the source noted that on average, mobile app users in the workplace saved their companies around $240 each year over their coworkers who weren't app-connected.

Just like apps improve convenience and even financial management, cloud-connected services and software-as-a-service solutions can further increase a company's productivity. Not only do cloud-based apps and facility management solutions enable maintenance teams, cleaning crews and other jobsite employees to access and update essential job information from the field, but cloud servers also eliminate the need for in-house hardware solutions that can be costly to install, maintain and replace.

Are apps catching on?

Despite the documented benefits of mobile apps, some employers have been slow to jump aboard. Some 34 percent of employees who don't use apps as part of their daily tasks expressed disbelief that they could experience any significant benefit from using these technologies. While smartphone adoption across the country has gone up in recent years, it remains to be seen if the use of apps, mobile technology and the cloud strictly within a business setting will see similar growth.