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How the Obsession with Cell Phones Impacts Learning & Engagement

Let’s start by answering these few questions:

  • How far away from you is your phone right now?
  • How many times a day do you check your phone?
  • How many minutes/hours a day do you spend using your phone for reading, accessing email, apps and other content?

The truth is, 94% of smartphone owners carry their phone with them frequently and 82% say they never or rarely turn their phones off.  Plus, 59% of smartphone owners report they use apps on their phones at least several times a day and 27% saying they use them “continuously” (PewResearchCenter, 2015).

These stats don’t surprise me.  In fact, excluding phone calls, 99% of my business interactions are done on my phone or tablet.

As a leader, it is critical that you acknowledge these behavior patterns that your employees are so clearly displaying!

When it comes to recognition, engagement and learning, your employees want what they want, when they want it.  That means making your Employee Engagement and Learning programs completely mobile integrated.

Think about it, as a leader you would be able to reward and recognize your talent with a tap of the screen (maybe when you’re out grabbing a coffee or waiting for your conference call to begin).  Plus, your administrators can access real time reporting and redemption information from anywhere!  And finally, as an employee, having mobile integration means having access to their reward portal to redeem points, browse the peer-to-peer recognition feed to congratulate their colleagues, or accessing their learning modules when and where it’s convenient for them.

I talk a lot about leaders removing obstacles that get in the way of their employees doing their best work.  Mobile learning and employee engagement gives employees easy access to their organizational engagement portal 24/7 so they can engage with the platform when it’s convenient for them!

In the engagement and incentive market, recognition happens in the moment. By having a truly mobile experience, this fills the gap of only being able to give incentives and recognition when you’re at your desktop. By having a flexible, multi-device platform that is both easy and intuitive to use, it increases utilization and engagement.

Additionally, mobile capabilities are so important for a global workforce, because not every worker always has access to a desktop computer, especially when you look at the statistics globally.  Employees and leaders are busy, and it’s costly to take them off the job for traditional training. Having mobile integration increases ROI for global organizations because it will be accessible for even more employees.  Plus, delivering layered learning through the convenience of a mobile app, companies will be able to provide just-in-time training and education to accelerate the results.

Think this is something you would like to integrate into your organization?  Find out more about GES’s completely mobile integrated, global Employee Engagement and Learning Solutions.  Plus, sign up for a free 15-minute demo to experience the platform for yourself!

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Peter Psichogios is the President of Global Engagement Solutions whose mission is to help companies create engaging employee and customer experiences. Prior to joining GES Peter Psichogios served as an executive member of one of the largest Instructional System Association companies in the world. In this capacity, he led all the front-end analysis and worked directly with Dr. Ken Blanchard, leading the large-scale e-Learning and employee engagement initiatives. Peter has been fortunate to work with the who's who of the Fortune 500 and many of the world's fastest growing companies, helping them deliver innovative learning, engagement and recognition solutions.