Welcome back to my blog, this weeks post will be covering how we use mobile phones today in business.
When was the first mobile used and where are we now?
Goodwin reports” The world’s first mobile phone call was made on April 3, 1973, when Martin Cooper, a senior engineer at Motorola, called a rival telecommunications company and informed them he was speaking via a mobile phone.”, so over 40 years ago the first phone call was ever made on a phone(phone shown below) that weighed more than what a laptop does today. This is truly breath-taking as the mobile phones we take for granted today are so far superior to the first built not so long ago. Todays mobile phones can do various tasks that replace our use for other devices, starting with the ability to view emails on the go going up-to the endless other uses, the mobile phone has become a necessity rather a luxury in the business world.
What are the advantages of using mobile phones in business?
Forneris reports” Using a cell phone in business allows for increased flexibility when working, which has numerous advantages. “, flexibility is a key part of business with the ability to do work on the go employees can get work done out of business hours when needed, mobile phones have applications such as creating or editing documents and the ability to access servers in order to upload or send their work to the relevant people. This can be especially useful, an example could be a lawyer, with the ability to write up a draft on the go and then even print it using their mobile phone can save time and increase efficiency.
Another advantage is the technology we use in todays mobiles phones, from taking pictures to scanning barcodes and taking payments, businesses can use these tools to improve their business. Businesses can use social media on their phones to promote their business and increase sales along with taking payments on the go.
Lastly and most importantly is communication, the mobile phone has revolutionised the way we communicate today and businesses can benefit greatly from this, with a direct communication between a business and their suppliers, businesses can easily adapt to changes and members can easily collaborate to ensure smooth running of the business.
Are there any disadvantages?
Yes. Mobile phones are great for businesses but as with nearly all things disadvantages are there too.
Pearson reports disadvantages can include” Workflow Disruption and Balance between work and life”, these are strong points as employees using mobile phones in the workplace can lead to decreased productivity costing the business reduced efficiency. Workers may also suffer from an inability to balance their work lives and personal lives causing problems in both the workplace and outside of it.
Well should we use mobile phones in business then?
Personally, I’d say yes, the reason being the advantages outweigh the disadvantages for most people, of course some businesses still heavily rely on older methods of communication which yet still works perfectly, but as the future arises adaptation may be the only way to prevent businesses from becoming obsolete.