Billions of pounds could be saved from mobile working

Billions of pounds could be saved from mobile working

Implementing mobile working practices could save public bodies billions of pounds, a new report has suggested.

According to a study produced by the Centre for Economic and Business Research for O2, the reluctance to adopt such approaches by organisations in the public sector could be costing a total of around £7.2 billion.

However, the report found that one of the main reasons for a lack of implementation is the fact that many bodies are facing a number of challenges in introducing such technology.

Connectivity was cited as one of the main problems, with poor coverage costing 53 hours per employee, equating to £2.2 billion.

Community workers could also cut the time taken to complete follow up tasks after home visits by as much as 30 per cent, just by improving connectivity.

The report warns that adopting such technology could be all the more important given the fact that smartphone penetration could reach as much as 80 per cent by next year.

However, it is not just the use of mobile devices that has increased in importance, as other technologies such as video conferencing and cloud computing have helped to provide the tools that could potentially make the workforce more mobile than ever before.

The cloud has been a particularly important aspect of mobile working, allowing employees to access vital information no matter where they are, improving flexibility and productivity.

That has led to a rise in the number of people choosing to work from home. In fact, the report found that if handed the right tools and technology, employees could opt to spend another 22 days a year working this way; an increase of around 90 per cent.

Billy D’Arcy, managing director of public sector business at O2, said: “The findings highlight the crucial role technology has to play in supporting these organisations, both in terms of cost savings and delivery of services and in care to local communities.

“I believe the right investment in digital technology can have a real impact on social value, for example providing frontline staff with devices to empower them to work more flexibly, or giving doctors the technology to deliver remote diagnosis to patients that need help.”