According to recent research conducted by Virgin Media Business, the number of mobile workers has tripled in the past year.
Online PR News – 22-July-2011 – – According to recent research conducted by Virgin Media Business, the number of mobile workers has tripled in the past year.
The increase in remote and mobile working may mean that the office, as we know it, will be obsolete in ten years' time, with the survey finding that 58% of workers think that the office will be a thing of the past by 2021.
Speaking in HR magazine, Virgin Media Business' MD Mark Heraghty said:
"Just like the dinosaurs, the office may soon be resigned to the history books, with six in ten workers predicting that they won't exist by 2021. This is a trend that we're already starting to see across the UK, with mobile working tripling in the last year alone. "
A whopping 83% of employees said that they feel more productive than they did a year ago, thanks mostly to technology such as smartphones, tablets and cloud computing making it ever easier to work while out of the office.
And a third said that the flexibility afforded to them by new these technologies had actually improved their work / life balance.
Looking ahead to the next ten years, 56% of employees predicted that business and consumer technologies will have merged completely, meaning that only one device would be required for work and play. In addition, over half of respondents expected to spend less time commuting in the future.
As workplaces continue to benefit from increased connectivity the trend towards remote working can only increase. New advances in technology and greater use of innovations such as cloud computing will enable businesses to swap expensive office spaces in favour of virtual workplaces.
As Heraghty concludes:
“With the right communication and collaboration tools in place to ensure that the office culture is not lost, this will lead to a happier, more productive and efficient workforce; the holy grail for management."
With the Moco Touch system from MoCo Software Solutions Ltd, managers and mobile users can quickly and easily exchange and record actions, messages and pictures using no more than a web-browser.
About MoCo Touch:
MoCo Touch uses Nearfield Communications Technology, providing real time proof of staff attendance and audit records in a streamlined, cost effective and easy to use mobile workforce management solution. Developed by MoCo Software Solutions Ltd, Touch is part of a growing range of services delivered via mobile connectivity. For more information visit www.MoCotouch.co.uk.
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