- Smaller keyboard
- Extra work hours
Smartphones make it easier for employers and employees to stay in touch. In addition to simple voice calls, most smartphones support email and instant messaging across several programs. Businesses can use to promote social networking services like Twitter or Facebook to foster communication between the departments and organize their employees for events.
Some companies find it impossible to run without smartphones, but the gadgets also have these downsides:
Cost is the biggest disadvantage because the cost is very high compared to the standard mobile phones. The cost of a Smartphone can be greater than a standard cell phone by up to three times. Basic phones just require a subscription plan depending on the carrier but do not need the additional data features. These data plans increase your phone bill by a significant amount of money.
Because of their advanced features, smartphones have endless ways to occupy users. Workers are likely to distract from their work to check personal text messages, emails and browse the web for non-work related issues. It is not unusual for some people to spend their shifts on invaluable activities while everyone thinks they are working on business projects through the phones. This habit reduces productivity. Other workers will play on their devices during company meetings instead of focusing on the presentations.Security
A data package or Wi-Fi is the way that Smartphone access the internet but information security is still a concern. Any apps you download, and passwords that you use for these applications and websites when on the move might not be secure. Often there is no guarantee of account privacy.
To access the internet on an insecure network makes you vulnerable to identity theft and account hackers. It is important to take a precaution by logging out of websites and apps after completing a session. Many Smartphone users do not log out as it is convenient to visit the sites and access apps again, but it increases the risk of hacking.
Smartphones have either built on or built-in keyboards for typing things such as notes, emails, and websites. This keyboard is smaller on a Smartphone interface than it usually is for a computer. The characters limit the typing speed as they very close. Users have to access different versions of their keyboard for individual numerals and characters which also impedes typing speed.
Most of the time, you have to type with one hand and use the other to support your phone. After frequent use over a long time, it leads to overuse and stress to the hand that usually types.Potential obsolescence
Many times, manufacturers of Smartphones keep on innovating new features and render the older units obsolete after a new product. When a new generation roll gets into the market, older systems will be under-supported. It compels the users to purchase new phones after every two or so years just to keep up with the latest technology. It is an expensive venture for companies that need to equip their entire workforce with smartphones.
Smartphones consistently connect workers to their jobs. Their work-specific apps also keep them in touch with their superiors. Smartphones have an easy way to transfer data, and it increases the risk of dominating your life with work.
Although bosses can still reach the employees who use the standard phone even in the after hours, Smartphone users are in the habit of checking their work regularly. It is more likely that they will complete their project and respond to emails when they are far from office after the business hours. It creates more freedom to work at home during the office hours, but it cuts into the time for family and other activities. Overworking exhausts employees and reduces their productivity.
Smartphones are a smart choice, but they have their downsides.