Being mobile and the importance of work / life balance
Being mobile and the importance of work / life balance
29 October 2018

Mobile Technology in our Modern World

The invention and continuous development of mobile technology in our modern world has changed the way we communicate in our everyday lives; in both personal and work life.

In fact, for many people, work and personal life are no longer separate life styles. The use of the Internet, mobile phones, emails etc. have allowed people to blend their work/personal lives bringing an end to the working 9-5 lifestyle we in the UK are so commonly used to.

Businesses are beginning to recognise the increasing demand from employees for flexible, mobile working and are also understanding how it can benefit them as a business.

The Positives of Flexibility

A study published by the TUC in May 2016 stated the following facts about home-working:

  • The number of employees who usually work from home has increased by a 5th over the past decade. That’s nearly a quarter of a million (241,000) more people work from home.

  • The biggest growth in regular home working has been among women employees, with 35% (157,000) more working from home in 2015 than in 2005.

  • Men still account for the majority of homeworkers, with 912,000 regularly working from home in 2015, compared to 609,000 women

  • The South West has the highest proportion of home workers in the UK (1 in 12) followed by the East of England (1 in 14) and the South East (1 in 16).

(Home-working up by a fifth over the last decade, TUC analysis reveals, May 2016)

Phil Flaxton, Chief Executive of WorkWiseUK commented as part of the TUC report:

“The structure of our economy and consequently our workplaces has changed significantly. Cultural, economic and social changes are affecting attitudes to how we balance or mix work and lifestyle, where increasing mobility and technology is shifting the acceptance or need for traditional office based, 9-5 work patterns, to be replaced by more home-based, flexible ways and periods of work.” (Flaxton, 2016)

Some of the notable advantages of working from home include:

  • Reduce travel costs
  • Increase talent pool when recruiting
  • Reduced child care costs
  • Less expenses for office space

A healthy flexible work/life balance has been argued to improve employee wellbeing, improve retention, increase productivity, and in-turn be good for business.

Employee wellbeing

The Future of Flexible Working

A report entitled ‘Working anywhere: A winning formula for good work?’ predicts flexible working will be for the majority of workers in 2020.

Dr Cathy Garner, director of the Work Foundation and report author, said:

“The evidence is showing a clear trend towards a more flexible way of working in the UK as the hurdles are overcome by fresh innovations in technology and people management.” (Coyne, 2016)

Another report carried out by PwC entitled ‘Millennials at work. Reshaping the workplace’ specifically focuses on Millennials (typically defined as those born between 1980s-2000s). It showed the two most valued benefits from an employer where ‘training and development’ and ‘flexible working opportunities.’ They were valued more than financial benefits such as ‘cash bonuses,’ and ‘private healthcare.’ (Millennials at work. Reshaping the workplace, 2011)

These reports and studies enforce how technology has enabled people to shift their attitudes to a more flexible work / life balance. It also highlights the importance of new technology having to continue to meet the demands of being flexible and mobile in the modern world.

Flexible training and development

Flexible Training & Development from Alver Learning

The team here at Alver Learning specialise in providing a flexible application for companies to train and develop their staff via a single, user friendly, cloud based platform.

Alver Learning recognised the need for employers and their staff to be able to use an LMS simply on a mobile device to meet the growing demands of people working anywhere, anytime.

With this in mind, the Alver Learning suite was built to be to be fully functional on mobile devices retaining its user friendly and intuitive features.

What’s more, where it is fully functional, courses cannot only be taken, but also built, rolled out and managed by administrators.

Alver Learning offer a Free 30-day free trial so you can try the application out on your phone, tablet or any mobile device.

Mobile friendly LMS

 

Sources

Coyne, K. (2016). Flexible working will be main option for most employers by 2020, says report. [online] CIPD. Available at: PDF [Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

Home-working up by a fifth over the last decade, TUC analysis reveals, (May 2016) Available at: (Website, 2017) [Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

Millennials at work. Reshaping the workplace. (2011). [ebook] PwC, p.14. Available at: PDF [Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].

Working anywhere: A winning formula for good work?. (Jan 2016). [online] The Work Foundation (Lancaster University). Available at: (PDF) [Accessed 20 Oct. 2017].