The definition of the word “Work” is up for debate. Is it what we do, or where we go? Technology today leverages the ability to work from home, from the office and even a coffee shop. To those who have never worked from home it can be difficult to understand what it can be like to be able to perform your duties while sitting at home with a cup of coffee and still in your pajamas. Many companies are implementing solutions that enable working remotely, and for good reason. It improves quality of life, increases productivity and reduces cost overhead.
Gensler’s 2016 UK Workplace Survey found that employees were more likely to be innovative if they had access to a range of spaces supporting different working styles, including private, semi-private and open-plan environments.
A challenge that remote workers often encounter is the lack of spontaneous communication that happens in an office. Meeting your other coworkers in the lunch room or around the coffee machine is absent, thus missing out on some of those water cooler moments. However, there are a multitude of great programs and apps that are helping to break this barrier down such as Spark, 3CX, GoToMeeting and many others.
Businesses can deploy a “Bring your own Device” policy, allowing employees to work from their own devices and reduce equipment costs. Employing remote workers can also reduce the total body count in an office, reducing furniture and office requirements. Workers also enjoy the increase in work/life balance while simultaneously making it easier to be productive and access their work. It also enables companies to broaden their search when looking to build their workforce with unique skillsets instead of relying on a narrow geographical range.
Another scenario to keep in mind are organizations with multiple locations. It can be cumbersome to manage multiple on site IT solutions in each office, but with consolidation into a virtual office environment, workers can ensure that they will have access to the important projects and files they need to ensure that they can work effectively from any building, state or country. With these advantages in mind, it’s easy to see why companies are making the leap.
Technology today has the ability to connect together the brightest minds in the world, and when the workplace is set up correctly, the opportunities for collaboration and innovation are limitless.
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