Mobile working has truly become a force to be reckoned with. 10 years ago mobile working would not have been anything like it is today. Back then, people were chained to their desks, at least metaphorically, and expected to work regular hours every day. These days, the position has changed somewhat. People now have access to their work computers around the clock. They can access information, software, apps and other aspects of their work situation with ease and with hardly any issues with connectivity.
Even connectivity has become less of a problem than it was just 12 months ago. Now that 3G has become 4G, this means that speed of access and downloads of work etc are increased massively. Quicker working and more efficient working has been the result. 4G is quickly becoming the standard across much of the United Kingdom. This means that much of the workforce will soon be able to take advantage of quicker connectivity even though there is no access to broadband. This means that you can literally work anywhere.
The number of people who now realise that they can easily go to their employer and ask for the ability to work remotely is increasing too. More and more people are taking it upon themselves to go and meet their employer and ask for the opportunity to leave the normal working lifestyle and work more flexibly on a mobile or remote basis. And more and more employers are agreeing too. There is a simple reason for this. Employers know that if they let people work on a mobile basis they can cut down on their overheads back at the office. There will be less of the need for a desk, and even less power costs as regards running electricity and so on. This means productivity will increase, and revenue will increase at the same time.
Happier not at work
Savings on overheads are one thing. But employers are also finding that their employees are happier at work, when they are not at work. The work and life balance is now finally being achieved by many people. The simple ability to pick children up from school at the end of the day, due to the fact that you've been able to work from home one day, makes up for a lot of the stresses and strains that are suffered in the workplace.
It remains to be seen how big this revolution will get. However, it is estimated by some analysts that the number of people working on a mobile basis will increase massively soon. In fact IT analyst IDC expects the mobile worker population worldwide will reach 1.3 billion by 2015.
This has tremendous repercussions for employers, who now have to consider the fact that they will have to train people to work outside the office. It will also, however, lead to much more of a reduction in stress and more of a focus on home life.