Enterprise Mobility / IT Best Practices

Stay Charged, Stay Tuned

The Ultimate Guide to Keep Your Employees’ Phones Alive:

Faster and more flexible than traditional workplace communications, enterprise mobile messaging is a powerful tool that allows employees to communicate quickly and effectively. But in order to stay connected, you need your devices to keep pace- no easy task, given the short battery life of mobile devices, especially when you’re  on the go. To ensure mobile communications that keep up with the speed of your business, we put together this ultimate guide with the best hacks to keep your employees’ battery alive, along with quick remedies, so that no messages will ever be missed because of a dead phone.

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The Manager’s Toolkit:

Lots of apps make our professional lives so much easier that it’s integral to fuel your employees’ productivity. Ensuring your employees stay connected by avoiding dead batteries is now on the agenda of many managers.  If you are one of them, we hope these tips help:

1. Outside Workplace – Invest in External Battery Packs

Your employees can carry this small and inexpensive gadget and plug this into their dying phones when there’s no other power source around. This is especially useful if your employees are constantly on the go but need to stay tuned. Some great solutions are power banks, phone charge case (such as Mophie), to name a few. 

2. Inside Workplace – Set up Charging Stations at Workplace

To fully leverage the power of enterprise mobile messaging, it’s vital to keep employees’ devices charged inside as well as outside the workplace. In order to make this easy, we recommend you set up a charging station inside workplace, which can be as simple as a desk, several power strips, and some chargers, just like what we did at Lua!

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3. Educate Your Employees

One great way to build battery-saving awareness is putting employee education onto your corporate agenda. Educational content can be as simply as short videos, shared digital files, or printed signs that your employees can stick on their cubical walls.

The Employee’s Toolkit:

1. Turn off Location Based Services

While built-in GPS on smartphones can help you find restaurants, point directions, and even locate your phone, it constantly sends data through a network, which requires power supply. If you don’t need it, and don’t plan on using it anytime soon, it’s a good idea to disable it.

2. Turn on Auto Brightness or Turn down Brightness

Most smartphones have an ambient light sensor that adjusts the screen brightness based on the light around the phone. So instead of leaving your brightness on a set value, turning on auto brightness not only makes it easier for your eyes, but also helps save energy on your phone. Alternatively, you can manually set the brightness value at a comfortably low point.

3. Turn off Bluetooth

Chances are you’ll see your battery run much faster when your Bluetooth is on. The way Bluetooth works – transmitting and accepting data wirelessly – makes Bluetooth a battery buster when you are not using this feature.

4. Set Auto Lock to Shorter Time Period

We know, we know…you always remember to turn the screen off before putting your phone back to your pocket. However, it could also get accidentally switched on when your phone is in your pocket or purse. Setting auto lock to shorter time interval will ensure the least amount of battery loss if this happens.

5. Know When to Use Wi-Fi

You can be connected to Wi-Fi when there’s a hotspot available. Although Wi-Fi works faster than 4G, keeping your Wi-Fi on means it’s constantly looking to connect with the next hotspot. A better option is to disable “ask to join networks”, so that your phone will only connect to Wi-Fi when you need it to be.

 

What are other tips you have to keep phones up and running through the long day? Share with us in the comments!

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