Getting ready for the mobile office
Getting ready for the mobileoffice
ARE YOU READY FOR THE MOBILE, VIRTUAL, FLEXIBLE OFFICE OFTHE FUTURE?
The concept of the ‘workerless office’ has been moving into the mainstream for over a decade. But it’s only
in the past few years that technological, social and economic forces have begun to converge to create what
of organisational upheaval.
“Executives around the world are now facing a substantial schism with the past, which is so great that
organisational architecture, people practices and skills and organisational culture will change
over the next two decades,” she writes.
Technology is a major factor, with tablets and smartphones already overtaking PCs. Analysts at Gartnerexpect 70 million tablets to be sold this year and 108 million in 2012, compared with 17.6 million in 2010,according to CIO Zone.
Cloud computing is fast replacing office-based IT infrastructure, while the cost of broadband is dropping asspeeds pick up
4G is expected to be 230 percent more efficient than existing 3G technologies, accordingto UK regulator Ofcom.Global connectivity and collaborative media encourage us to collaborate over distance, while the lines
between consumer and workplace technology grow increasingly blurred. The ‘app culture’
is so widespreadthat 35 percent of US smartphone users log on before even getting out of bed, according to a survey byEricsson. In other words, we are already mobile. But the tipping point for the mobile office is more likely to comefrom employees
than technology, according to‘
’, a presentation by CBRE RichardEllis’s Lenny Beaudoin and Benn Munn.
It’s a desire for greater flexibility that’s behind the mobile push, l
ed not just by working mothers but
20-somethings who expect flexibility and have been reared on digital tec
”, Cisco’s survey of 2,600 employees worldwide, 60 percent claimed they could be
just as productive outside the office and 66 percent claimed t
hey’d rather take a lower
-paid, flexible jobthan a restrictive, higher-paid position.