Mobility & the Work-Life Balance: Becoming a Smartphone Worker


I look at my Blackberry as an extension of my hand.  How did I ever live without my mobile friend?  Waking up to its alarm allowing me to get an early start on the day (I can check emails even in those bleary-eyed hours of the morning), maybe a little online shopping at lunch, Tweeting on the latest jobs, leveraging social media and networking on LinkedIn and Facebook, and following me out to dinner and back home again for one last check to end the day to be sure I didn’t miss anything.

Great to have, but occasionally I’d like to throw it out the window!  Like all good things, learning how to effectively manage and leverage mobility to enhance our professional lives is key.

Recently I asked a friend who finally succumbed to purchasing her first smartphone what she loved about it.  “Being able to stay connected with work, family and clients all the time!” she replied.

Thanks to our mobile devices we have the ability to always stay connected to our professional and personal lives.  In essence, we are “mobile-workers” truly striking the work-life balance.  Genius!

A few months later, I asked her the same question. “Being able to stay connected with work, family and clients ALL THE TIME!”

So does the ability to balance turn into a precarious juggling act?   Recent studies show that many are finding it hard to turn it off or understand when and where it’s appropriate.  The downside of mobility is the abuse of it and not focusing on work while you’re at your job can be a problem.

Here are some tips on how to use mobility to become a smartphone worker – regardless of where you are in your career:

  • The Job Seeker – Mobility enables you to stay connected and gain a competitive edge in the job search with the ability to tap into networking and social media resources easily and frequently, peruse the latest job opportunities, research companies, communicate with potential employers and manage interview schedules.
  • The Employee – Once landing the job, use mobility to more effectively communicate with your employer and have real-time collaboration with your team and clients anytime, anywhere.
  •  The Manager -While managing a team, use mobility to efficiently communicate with employees, manage projects and stay in touch with clients and vendors.  The positives of mobility can be a boon for creative managers and their teams.   However, keep in mind that it’s your job to let your employees know what is expected of them and what they can and cannot do with their mobile devices in the workplace.

As long as you’re “smart” about it, mobility can enhance your job search and career while helping  you strike the perfect work-life balance.

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