The Mobile Worker


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The remote workforce is becoming a prevalent option in many organizations. With the increase access and knowledge of technology, employees are able to be productive from just about anywhere.

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The Mobile Worker

  1. 1. The Mobile Worker Today, more and more people are able to work outside of the office and be more productive than ever. Companies are embracing this new way to work because employees have an arsenal of apps and tools that allow them to connect with team members, stay on top of projects and work effectively from home, or the nearest coffee shop. Here we take a look at the emerging mobile workforce. For a typical remote worker, life isn't about waking up in your PJs and starting work whenever you want. On the contrary, a remote worker still has deadlines to meet, and is still working in close contact with coworkers, through email, enterprise social networks, and other tools. Today's mobile workforce has access to a vast number of tools and apps that along with the cloud make it easier than ever before to work from virtually anywhere. If people can work effectively where ever they are, will we need office buildings and big company campuses in the future? SOURCE: BOSTON COLLEGE of workers report that their organizations offer telecommuting on an ad-hoc basis on a part-time basis on a full-time basis A Day in the Life of A Remote Worker Overall, 57% of organizations offer some form of telecommuting: HERE’S HOW A TYPICAL DAY MIGHT LOOK FOR THE AVERAGE REMOTE EMPLOYEE: Wake up Prepare for work Check company email Check company wide enterprise social network for updates and posts concerning project involvement Virtual morning meeting GoToMeeting with a new client Project work using various collaboration tools such as Dropbox among others Lunch Project work. Wrap-up work and submit client deliverables via collaborative tools. Sign off 7 A.M. 7:30 A.M. 8 A.M. 9 A.M. 10 A.M. 10:30 A.M. 12:00 P.M. 1:00 P.M. 2:00 P.M. 4:00 P.M. 5:00 P.M. 45% 36% 20% 21% 85% THESE OPTIONS INCLUDE: Mobile is not limited to FULL-TIME remote workers either! Additionally, a 2012 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that on days where employees worked with a remote arrangement: of employed person did some or all of their work at home did some or all of their work in their workplace Nearly half (47%) of respondents work remotely or in some kind of flexible arrangement. 47% Men and women were equally likely to do some or all of their work at home 0% 100% 50% 2012 Flexible locations Flexible time management Flexible time 2005 According to the 2012 National Study of Employers, from 2005 to 2012 employers have increased options that allow employees to better manage where and when they work.