In today’s global environment, many large companies are spread out, with numerous office locations, telecommuters, partners, and more. In spite of, and because of this global spread, today’s employees expect to have full access to real-time information at a moment’s notice – challenging companies to keep their employees well-connected and informed.
In and outside the workplace, mobile technology exists at the intersection of information, communication, and convenience. In fact, a Pew research study found that 64 percent of American adults now own a smartphone. By leveraging the right mobile platform, organizations can easily share important information and connect employees, administrators and management. With solutions like Kurogo Mobile Campus, it is now easier than ever for non-technical staff, such as HR and Communications, to create a mobile app for their organization without involving IT. Read on to learn how some organizations are leveraging mobile apps to improve workplace communication and productivity.
1. Real-time campus information
Mobile apps can help simplify the workday by providing important information to employees such as company news, dining options, shuttle bus schedules, parking information, corporate directories, security, information about local amenities and more.
Modules can also be added in real-time for special events or programs, like a corporate conference, employee orientation, or benefits enrollment. Some organizations use mobile apps to collect feedback and suggestions from employees or for employees to take surveys.
One of the most important benefits of a mobile app is the ability to send push notifications to make important announcements. Company-wide or user-specific push notifications or in-app alerts ensure employees are always aware of the latest updates.
2. Building and facility features
Companies with large campuses or many buildings and floors are now using features within their mobile apps to make navigating, resource booking, and facility feedback quick and easy. Campus maps with pathfinding features help employees on large, multi-building campuses get from place to place, while indoor maps help employees navigate within buildings themselves – getting them to the proper conference room, the kitchen, restrooms or elsewhere. Facilities modules allow staff to quickly report any building or equipment issues on the spot and even attach a photo.
3. Personalize the employee experience
A mobile app for your organization is extremely valuable, and becomes even more-so when it is personalized based on the users’ location or role. A business development executive in Chicago requires a different mobile experience than a hiring manager in New York City. To meet this need advanced mobile apps offer different Personas and Locations so that their employees get the exact information they need. Instead of numerous standalone apps, Personas and Locations are easy to administer because they are centrally-managed and share data and branding. Yet local managers can also update and personalize features for their specific campus. Truly advanced applications can even use geolocation technology to identify exactly where an employee is located, switching the Location version automatically, and providing the most up-to-date information on local resources, directions, and events.
Mobile apps are an increasingly important tool for organizations to ensure that they are meeting the rapidly evolving needs of their workforce. The ability to provide real-time information on any number of important workplace activities can transform the way communication takes place. Only a few years ago, mobile app development was a time consuming and expensive proposition.Yet today new easy-to-use mobile app development tools make it possible for even non-technical staff like HR, to quickly provide a mobile experience that improves the way work gets done.
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