The use of mobile technology in the healthcare sector is making a positive impact on the productivity and job satisfaction of employees, according to research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
59% of workers report being more productive in their jobs as a result of mobile technology, while 48% are more satisfied in their job if they perceived their employer to be a good provider of mobile working practices.
However, some hospitals still restrict the use of mobile phones at the workplace for fear of interference with medical equipment.
The report also suggests employee demands for mobility can no longer be ignored. Almost a third of healthcare workers now state they would not work for a company that would not allow them to use their mobile devices for work.
When asked about their drivers of being more productive, loyal, creative and satisfied were, a number of key trends stood out:
• 39% said working anytime, anywhere has the greatest impact on their job satisfaction
• 38% of employees said that the ability to collaborate effectively has a significant impact on how creative they are at their job.
• 31% place the freedom to work anywhere in the office as the greatest impact to loyalty
“The healthcare sector has always been one of innovation and curiosity, noted for being at the forefront of the mobile technology revolution, with wearable devices and personal fitness apps offering unprecedented insight into patient health and at the other send of the spectrum, a clear demand for a better mobile practice for its employees,” says Saadi Kawkji, regional director at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company.
“These findings suggest that the healthcare sector has a real opportunity to not only bolster employee satisfaction but also strengthen the service provided to the general public,” he adds. “To reach that goal, employers must offer the training and tools needed to expand their growing mobile workforce.”