Empowering the Mobile Employee

Do you know how much work your employees could be accomplishing if they were given the right tools when they’re traveling? Depending on where you live, people are spending an average of 25 to 46 minutes commuting each day to and from the office. If you factor in the time employees spend traveling to meetings, both local and distant, going to conferences, trade shows and other events, you’ll find that you and your employees are missing out on large chunks of productivity. You can help your employees be more productive when they are on their way to and from the office simply by providing them the proper tools and a little trust.

Go Paperless

If you haven’t done so already, ditch the paper. Paper slows down the productivity of an employee on the go and greatly increases the amount of things they need to carry with them. Thanks to great project management tools like Basecamp or Podio, many companies are now finding ways to make their workflow more efficient, more mobile friendly and less dependent on paper.


If your employee needs to commute for a suitable length of time, urge them to consider productivity friendly modes of transportation such as trains, planes and some buses. Many of these public transportation options are investing heavily in Wi-Fi and other amenities that make working commutes possible. A recent article from the Atlantic Cities reported on this exciting feature in trains. Any of these modes of transportation can cater to the mobile office worker and empower your employees with the opportunity to produce more.


Laptops and smartphones are the obvious ways to keep your employees connected to your office when they’re mobile. As long as your employees have battery power and the proper software, these two staples can take your employees a long way. That being said, extra batteries can take your employees the extra mile.

Depending on the nature of the position, your employee could also benefit from a tablet. If your employee spends any amount of time presenting to clients, then a tablet is the perfect device for them. Tablets can be augmented with keyboards and mice if data entry is essential. They can also be placed directly in the client’s hands to allow them to interact directly with the presentation. A tablet equipped with any of the major cellular networks is ideal for access on the go.

Internet Access

There are so many options now for a remote Internet connection. Many places have Wi-Fi access available for free or for a small fee. You can also buy mobile hotspot devices that can give employees access virtually anywhere at any time. It’s almost impossible to find an Internet dead zone these days if you’re prepared ahead of time.

Remote File Management

One of the best investments you can make is a backup software solution that allows your mobile employees to access, backup and store data. This way your employee’s mobile office has all the resources necessary to complete the job at hand without losing it.


Trust goes a long way for the mobile employee. You have to put your faith in them and expect the results will be nothing less than stellar, and with your empowerment, it likely will be. Trust your employees to get the work done and you’ll find they’re happier as a result.

Dawn Altnam lives and works in the Midwest, and she enjoys following the business tech world. After furthering her education, she has spent some time researching her interests and blogging of her discoveries often. Follow her on Twitter! @DawnAltnam

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