New survey finds that new technologies are making remote working more popular than ever…
A developing trend across the UK business is the “anywhere employee”, a phenomenon that could soon overtake the traditional office-based worker, according to a recent study conducted by Siemens Enterprise Communications.
The study revealed the growing popularity for working remotely and identified the advances in technology and communications software that can enable staff to work on the move or at home.
Of the 1,000 workers who were interviewed for the survey, it was found that 85% of communication devices used for team collaboration like laptops, netbooks and mobile phones were used outside of the business or office site.
The results demonstrate that whereas in the past, staff would face difficulties in managing the resources required for managing email, mobile and social media, nowadays the quality of collaborative tools available for these tasks and the ease of use and accessibility of them mean it is a much less problematic task to work away from the office. And the increasing utilisation of cloud technology will only further empower those who want to work remotely.
The survey reported that 40% of UK businesses intended to deploy some form of cloud computing in the next year. In addition to this there was also widespread enthusiasm for web collaboration (92%) and video conferencing (88%).
The findings of the survey also support the notion that the traditional way that businesses operate is becoming more decentralised and collaborative. The revolution in communications technologies along with the developments in cloud computing services mean more and more employees are getting access to the decision-making process and more importantly have a platform to make their input accessible to the rest of the organisation.
Rob Keenan of Siemens Enterprise Communications, said:
“The rise of the anywhere employee has meant the end of the office worker. Business tools, such as UC, are reshaping the way organisations collaborate and are helping deliver on the previously-too-difficult promise of enhanced communication. More than ever, work isn’t where you go, it’s what you do.”
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