How do I boost employee productivity without taking away smartphones?

Every industry has its challenges, but the temptation of playing on a phone at work is constant. If you are worried about phones hurting employee productivity, you need two things.

First, you need to set clear expectations about what you expect from your employees. Second, you need to show employees you take those expectations seriously.

Of course, you can’t just ban phones altogether. Simply cutting employees off from phones introduces more problems than it solves. That’s why you need to mandate smartphone lockdown measures on business-owned phones.

By reading on, you’ll learn why locking down smartphones is so important. You’ll also learn how to get started.

What is smartphone lockdown, and how does it help employee productivity?

There are many parts of a phone that could harm employee productivity. It’s not enough to simply block one distraction. This is where the lockdown comes in.

Locking down a smartphone means closing off access to anything that you don’t want employees to have at work. This could be an app (like Fortnite or YouTube), distracting internet sites, or the ability to call and text friends.

On the other hand, locking down a phone does not mean simply shutting off all functionality to improve employee productivity. Some websites, apps, and discussions are essential for work. This is why you need smart lockdown tools – tools that can block distractions without disabling the entire device.

What tools are needed to lock down smartphones?

To effectively lock down a device, you have to own it. This means you will only be able to truly avoid distractions if you give employees phones, as otherwise they could simply circumvent whatever you put in place.

Although a lockdown impacts both apps and websites, you will need separate tools for each.

First, you’ll need a kiosk lockdown solution, like SureLock by 42Gears. Modern lockdown tools can choose to whitelist particular apps while blocking the rest, or alternately, allow most apps while only blacklisting a few. This lets you customize what apps are available, without banning apps outright. Of course, you can also lock devices down to a single app. 

Second, you’ll need a secure browser solution, like SureFox by 42Gears. The right tools can whitelist and blacklist individual sites, or even filter by keyword. You can also simply keep the browser confined to one website.

How do I lock down many devices at once?

As mentioned above, you need both kiosk and browser lockdown tools. However, it’s not efficient if you need to set up a large number of devices. This adds unnecessary time and effort to a process that is supposed to save time.

You can remotely manage many devices at once using mobile device management software. Yet this software does not necessarily include the lockdown tools you need.

This is what makes SureMDM by 42Gears different. SureMDM is useful in its own right as a way to manage and secure work devices. What makes it unique, however, is its ability to implement SureLock and SureFox from afar.

Admins can use SureMDM to push lockdown settings to any business-owned device, including smartphones. From there, admins can specify what apps and websites to permit or exclude. SureMDM can even set rules regarding who workers can call or text.

A single SureMDM License also includes SureLock and SureFox as well, so you don’t need to purchase them separately.. This means that SureMDM is a one-stop shop for everything you need to raise employee productivity.

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