Telecommuters work an hour longer per day than the average cubicle-bound employee —adding up to six additional weeks of productivity per year. Businesses around the world are getting savvy to the revolutionary changes in how people get their jobs done, providing smartphones, tablets and web conferencing tools for their employees to use for company and personal use. As the payoff becomes more obvious, businesses are empowering their people with the virtual meeting tools they need to get their jobs done better, no matter where they are. They’re investing in unified communications infrastructure and inserting new technologies into their daily flow of business, including:
1. Better, faster mobile access for their employees.
2. Virtual collaboration tools and video conferencing for dispersed teams.
3. Cloud computing options for document management.
The post-PC era is here as hyper-connectivity reshapes the way we work and how we access information. Telepresence or video conferencing solutions present a valuable opportunity for mobile workers to connected, get work done and manage their projects. As people telecommute from coffeeshops and airports, check their email workations or dial in to conference calls from their car, these changing behaviors reflect a critical shift in consciousness about where and how work should get done.
People and companies are at different levels of adoption. Tech-forward businesses tend to be more mobile-enabled and faster to create flexible work arrangements. Forward-thinking companies arm their people with technologies to make them more. Other organizations are only now considering webmail options and company-paid cell phones. Where do you and your company fall in the mobile workforce spectrum?
Twenty-seven percent of people believe the iPad or other tablet will soon replace the laptop computer entirely. When this conversion is complete, your “office” will be anywhere and everywhere you are, and your mobile device will be an extension of your professional identity. Virtual collaboration platforms will continue to mature and provide global, greener work solutions for business professionals who look to travel less and accomplish more. As longer work days invade personal time, the trade-off becomes clear: giving employees mobility helps achieve a greater work-life balance. More hours translate to more freedom. Accountability becomes more about productivity than punching a clock. The daily commute becomes obsolete and the conference room transforms into a worldwide virtual meeting space.
How has a mobile-working lifestyle enriched your job experience? Has your company recently invested in a new mobile strategy? And if so, is it working? Share your thoughts, advice or warnings on the future of work in a mobile landscape.