Once upon a time the office was the bee hive, the centre of most if not all activity however with the advances and developments in technology the office is no longer necessary.
Most recently the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy in organisations has not only changed the culture of work but also productivity. With WiFi available in the workplace, in the home and even in public spaces one can argue that the office as a building with walls is no longer necessary.
Productivity is no longer confined to being inside a brick and mortar structure. Smart devices and WiFi all play a significant role in ensuring that work can be conducted anywhere and at anytime.
The way information is accessed is rapidly changing, workers can now access company information outside the office a major contributor to increased productivity. With advances in technology the divide between personal life and work life is so marred that one’s lifestyle now has to incorporate their work.
Devices whether personal or company issued should at anytime from anywhere be able to access corporate networks, e-mails, applications and information, this flexibility and mobility are key to enhancing productivity.
Being able to access these resources outside the office enables work to be carried on outside traditional working hours, enabling workers to put in more hours. Workers can work from wherever they are as if they are in the next office. This may not apply to all groups of workers, however commuting to work on a daily basis may not be practical and this necessitates Teleworkers.
Teleworker : work arrangement in which employees enjoy limited flexibility in working and location hours. The daily commute to a central place of work is replaced by telecommunication links.
Teleworkers connect to the company network from their home offices, they share a common network and hence the organization can cost effectively distribute data, voice, video and real time applications.
The idea of a borderless, mobile workforce translates to the ability to maintain business continuity in the event of natural disasters, and also increased service across time zones and international boundaries.
For the organization beyond the ability to make profits, teleworkers benefit the organization in the following ways:
– Increased responsiveness
– Continuity of operations
– Less travel and commuter related stress
– Reduced carbon footprints for individual workers and organizations
– Increased employee productivity, satisfaction and retention
– Secure, reliable and manageable access to information
– Cost effective intergration of Data, Voice, Video and Applications
A distributed workforce is the answer in the Information age, the office is no longer necessary. The way information is accessed and how business communications are made is changing.