In regards to discussing the remote workforce, as this perk disperses throughout the working world it is gaining momentum. Conference call services like Web conferencing and reservationless conference calls make collaboration at the tip of an employee’s fingertips. The remote workforce is growing in size, and strength comes in numbers. As it is still January, and time for predictions, let me give you a couple of predictions of my own for 2015.
For starters, those in America have been hearing of the Baby-Boomers and this aging generation for some time. Referred to as the ‘greatest generation’ for its efforts in guiding us through much of the 20th century with its hard-working nature, unfortunately this group is aging. But, just because someone is getting up there in years does not mean they no longer wish to be part of the workforce. My prediction is in increase in telecommuting for this segment of the population. For years they have battled the morning commute, now they can work from home and with the conference call services of today can easily be just as if not more productive than if they were in a typical office setting.
Piggybacking my first prediction, more businesses will offer the perk of working remotely. Why? Because the Millennial workforce is demanding it. This generation has grown with today’s technology, and is quite tech savvy. Couple this with a desire for greater work freedom, and telecommuting it will be moving forward. Job hunters will put a premium on more of a work/life balance than predecessors.
The opportunity afforded today by technological development should be leveraged. Many people will still have to work 80 hour weeks, but can now do it when they feel most productive—not their employer. Only time will tell how quickly this spark turns into a flame, but it is clear that telecommuting and the remote workforce is here to stay.
Edited by Alisen Downey