With more than 1 billion active smartphone users around the world and growing, making sure that your human capital management technology keeps pace with your employees’ mobile lifestyle is a growing consideration for many national and multinational companies. 

Mobile applications provide workforce management on-the-go

With more than 1 billion active smartphone users around the world and growing, making sure that your human capital management technology keeps pace with your employees’ mobile lifestyle is a growing consideration for many national and multinational companies.

Global research and consulting firm, Strategy Analytics, says it took 16 years for one in seven people to own and use smartphone devices; however, the firm estimates exponential growth in the industry with another billion people expected to use smartphones and mobile applications by 2015.

“The growth of mobile applications is a huge opportunity for organizations to ensure their managers and employees focus their time and attention on their most essential business activities,” says James Arsenault, manager, Strategy Consulting at Ceridian. “For example, managers can now gain visibility into their location’s operations without being tethered to a computer.”

As your company evaluates its workforce management (WFM) strategy, it’s the perfect time to think through how mobile technology can help improve employee and manager communication, engagement, as well as streamline a variety of payroll and time and attendance functions.

 

Anywhere, anytime payroll access

James-Arenault-quote.jpgCloud-based WFM solutions like Ceridian Dayforce HCM make it easy for employees and managers to access schedules, view wages and manage other important HR functions even when on-the-go.

Tools like mobile applications for workforce management can help employees feel more engaged and empowered to perform their best. Moreover, mobile access helps ensure better communication between managers and employees, so things like time-off requests can be accommodated while ensuring that shifts are covered at all times.

Arsenault says, “The positive impact of mobile applications improves the employee experience. Employees are now empowered to gain up-to-the minute access to information like their schedules, availability and time away from work from their mobile devices.”

As the world becomes more mobile, having an application that includes distinct user experiences for each user role helps streamline workflows and maintain office productivity even when employees are away from work. For example, with mobile devices employees are able to:

  • Clock in and out for shifts
  • View schedules and earnings
  • Manage time away from work
  • Change personal availability

Managers can:

  • View daily attendance
  • Access a list of employee names and contact information
  • Review and approve requests for time away
  • Track task requirements and completion status
Cutting edge technology to enhance work-life balance

For industries like retail, where there is often a lot of schedule juggling to ensure effective shift coverage, having a cloud-based WFM system and mobile application can be an effective way to improve efficiencies and productivity within the organization. It can also relieve many hassles employees face in managing their personal and work lives.

Retailer Aéropostale, for example, has benefited immensely from having a time and pay system that allows their employees to manage their schedules anywhere, anytime.

“Previously, our associates were often forced to come in to the store location to manage their schedules,” explains Julie Sedlock, group VP of Store Operations at Aéropostale. “Imagine those logistics in our Times Square store, where we employ more than 1,000 kids. Now they can access the portal from anywhere.”

Mobile technology can help put a variety of human capital management tasks into the hands of employees and managers. Specifically, entering the mobile space can be beneficial for improving communication, work-life balance and access to time-sensitive schedule information.

 

For more information:
  • Learn more about Ceridian Dayforce Mobile
  • Read the Aéropostale customer case study
  • Learn how WFM tools can boost engagement and your bottom line