If you’re living and breathing in the tech world, then you know offices no longer require a brick and mortar location to be fully functional. Thanks to how heavily interconnected we are, a business’ office address can change daily, whether it’s on a flight to London or from a café in Los Angeles. Conference call services like Web conferencing allow team members to work when and where they wish. Whether we like it or not, working remotely is far outpacing sitting at a desk, and it’s not a terrible thing.
Research suggests that workers without workplace flexibility would be willing to make substantial trade-offs to have access to telecommuting and/or flex hour programs; they were more satisfied and productive in the workplace when they have flexibility and control.
Inc. Magazine found that remote workers tend to be about 10 percent less productive than their in-office colleagues when they perform repetitive work.
That said productivity soars when telecommuters are performing creative tasks. Remote workers are about 20 percent more productive when they get to think outside the box.
Prior to Internet communications, places of business had standard working hours, usually 9-5. The once normal eight-hour workday has morphed into an “always on, always ready” day, so much that if businesses haven’t gotten on board with modern communications, they’re not likely to stay relevant to compete.
Workplace freedom and flexibility has increased greatly because of the tools available today, primarily conference call services. This also means that employees can make the best use of their time; some employees do their best work long after business hours have ceased.
By offering a way for these employees to continue working past the daily grind, great ideas won’t be missed until the next team meeting.
Edited by Maurice Nagle