Security issues are the top barrier to companies adopting mobile working, according to a new report by mobile data capture specialist, WorkMobile.
In the survey of 200 business owners and 200 mobile workers, nearly three quarters (74%) of businesses said that security issues were holding them back. Worries about the costs of technology and IT were an issue for 70%, while more than half (53%) said internet problems were a concern. In addition, 44% said they were afraid of change.
Despite fears, the research also found that nearly three quarters (72%) of workers already operating as mobile said that they work harder now, compared to when they were not mobile.
Dr Moneeb Awan, managing director at WorkMobile, commented: “The findings of our research show that businesses are being held back by a number of simple factors that can be easily addressed. Company owners need help to overcome these barriers and in turn they’ll begin to reap the benefits.
“On average it costs businesses £2,103 per year to process paper forms, whereas it costs just £144 to process mobile forms per year. The results show that a staggering £2,089 per employee could be saved per year. This figure doesn’t even take into account the increase in productivity reported by almost three quarters of mobile workers.
“After speaking with more than 200 businesses, we know that they aren’t averse to mobile working. Many are clearly prepared to invest heavily in mobile working and paper-saving processes, but both owners and workers need educating in order to keep up with this ever-changing digital world – either that, or risk falling behind.”