With advances in technology is it still necessary for most of us head into the office to get our work done?
If you go by the stats, an increasing number of workers would say no. The infographic below points to the prevalence of telecommuting among today’s workforce, showing that a staggering 83% of survey respondents spend at least some portion of their day working from home. And while there are certainly challenges posed by being away from the office, for most employees, the positives outweigh the negatives.
But it’s not just individual employees who stand to benefit. Organizations that embrace remote workers save money on overhead (up to $8,000 a year per employee for some companies) and and are able to gain an edge on recruiting top employees as studies show that lifestyle concerns trump salaries in an employee’s decision making process. Additionally, the nearly 3 million telecommuters in the U.S. save 390 million gallons of gas, preventing the release of 3.6 million tons of greenhouse gases annually.
With such a dramatic shift in where and how employees are working today, companies are now being forced to keep pace. Not only do they need to update their policies and practices, but their systems and technologies as well. A remote, mobile workforce concerned with real-time communication, data security and faster upload speeds has little need for a copy room, fax machine or a desktop PC. More and more what is powering their productivity are an array of mobile devices, cloud-based applications, video-conferencing tools and social collaboration platforms.
Check out some of the exciting examples we’ve come across in our research to see how technology is rendering the traditional office obsolete.
Do you have access to the tools and services you need to do your job from anywhere? What are the essentials that are keeping you on top of work from the couch, the car or the cafe? PSFK is asking readers to tell us what technology mix works for you or send us a link to a related innovation that we might have missed.
Over the next 4-8 weeks we want to start a conversation around what you see as possible in the Future of Work. Be sure to follow the conversation on PSFK and participate in the daily competitions. Tweet us your ideas to @psfk using #FoW.