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Four Key Workplace Trends That Influence Out of Office Work

Four Key Workplace Trends That Influence Out  of Office Work There’s no doubt telecommuting has increased, and that’s just one part of the changing workplace. Faxes, paper, fixed working hours, desktop computers, landline phones, and LANs are still around, but they are gradually being overtaken by electronic documents, the Cloud, flexible working hours, laptops, smartphone, and WiFi. In this episode we look at four key workplace trends, and how they affect Out of Office workers and their leaders.

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Seven Reasons Trust, Pride and Camaraderie Are on the Rise

I’ve just read an interesting article on the dawn of the Great Workplace Era. Research by the Great Place to Work Institute reveals that the best workplaces around the world are getting better, that is, there is growth in the extent to which employees trust their leaders, take pride in their job and enjoy their colleagues. The researchers cite seven reasons for this trend:

  • increased awareness among company leaders globally of the importance of a great, high-trust workplace culture
  • mounting evidence that great workplaces lead to better business results
  • millennials are demanding better workplaces
  • the emergence of a well-being movement is nudging organisations to improve their cultures
  • once an organisation develops a positive workplace culture, that culture tends to continue getting better
  • innovation has come to be the lifeblood for many businesses, especially those operating in global, competitive markets
  • technologies such as social media and mobile, personal devices that can easily record images and audio are providing unprecedented transparency into organisations

Read more at Workforce.com.

Coworking Could be an Option for Your Out of Office Work

Some (but not all) Out of Office workers struggle with the isolation and independence of working from home, without other people around them. There are many options to address this issue, and one of them is to use a “coworking space”, where many people come together to share a working space, without necessarily working together. In other words, they just share the physical space, but work independently.

Coworking is gaining popularity among business owners and entrepreneurs, who like the idea of a space where they can work independently but still have stimulating conversations with other like-minded people. But it’s also a feasible option for employees who work Out of Office, who like to work with others.

If you’re interested in this for your own work, this article “Coworking connects entrepreneurs through shared office spaces” introduces some of the basic ideas about coworking.

Mobile Trends To Look For In 2015

Mobile Work Exchange has listed four trends Out Of Office workers should look for in the coming year:

  • Mobiles and Millennials: watch for the use of mobile apps and social media to recruit young, social-savvy talent
  • Phablets: smartphone-tablet hybrids such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, Apple iPhone 6 and Google Nexus 6 will be sold in large numbers
  • Guidance: on security, authentication, identity management, and related topics will top mobility agendas in 2015
  • Mobile Apps: look for more tools and methodologies to keep deployment of mobile technologies growing strongly this year

Read the article in full on the Mobile Work Exchange blog.

Do you have any predictions for Out Of Office workers in 2015? If so, let us know by leaving a comment.

5.6M Australians Used the Internet to Work Out Of Office in 2013

According to research conducted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), 5.6 million Australian adults used the Internet to work Out Of Office during 2013. Other interesting findings of the ACMA survey include:

  • 51% of Australian workers either accessed the Internet outside normal working hours or were teleworkers
  • 2.8 million Australians (49%) worked from home at least two days a week while 863,000 (15%) worked away from the office one day a week
  • 68% of digital workers used laptops to work Out Of Office, 33% used smartphones, 21% used tablets and 30% used a PC
  • 95% of respondents reported benefits such as greater flexibility, improved productivity and access to home comforts
  • 24% of respondents cited problems such as reduced access to communications services while 20% said they missed having access to colleagues

Via ComputerWorld.

Out of Office Trends for 2014

Trends for 2014Let’s look ahead to 2014, and see how trends in technology, society and the economy are affecting Out of Office work. In most cases, they are making this work easier, which is good news for employers, employees and entrepreneurs alike.

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Out of Office Predictions for 2012

This is our annual predictions episode, where we look at what's coming up in the year ahead, this time with a focus on what it means for Out of Office work.

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These are our eight predictions for 2012 …

1. Growth of mobile will facilitate increased telecommuting

The advent of powerful mobile computing devices such as smart phones and tablets has lead to an increasingly mobile workforce. Cloud Computing has become an important technology in support this mobility. Although Cloud Computing is often touted as a way of lowering the cost of IT infrastructure, it's also important in supporting a mobile workforce. As more companies make use of these technologies to enable mobile workers, so too they are enabling their employees to work Out Of Office.

2. More Wi-Fi connectivity out and about

As we become increasingly mobile, there'll be a greater demand for cheap or free wireless Internet access wherever you are – including parks (Brisbane City Council is doing it), city centres (the Perth Lord Mayor promoted it as one of her main election promises) and in the air (Emirates is doing it, Qantas is planning it, many American carriers are doing it).

3. Growth in Mobile Devices

E-book readers will drop below $100 in Australia, high-quality Android tablets will be available for under $300, and smart phones will overtake feature phones.

4. Better support for on-line meetings from tablets and phones

Tablets and smartphones provide many of the features of laptop computers, but there's still some way to go before tablets replace laptops. One of the areas yet to mature is the use of on-line meetings tools, such as GoToMeeting. We predict the vendors of these tools will provide much better support for use on tablets, so Out of Office workers can (realistically and reliably) use a tablet instead of a laptop for on-line meetings.

5. Outsourcing will keep increasing (changing the nature of “jobs”)

It’s the age of the free agent: one in three Americans is a free-lancer, not because they’re finding it difficult to get work but because they want to be. Outsourcing is growing, particularly through the “talent markets” (such as elance.com, guru.com and odesk.com), and this trend will continue in 2012.

6. Google+ will reach 200 million users

Google+, currently at 65 million users, is growing steadily, and we predict it will reach 200 million this year. That number alone doesn't particularly matter for Out of Office work, but it does mean Google has finally created a social network that works, so they are likely to keep investing in it. The Google Hangouts feature in particular could be the video-conferencing solution that we've all been waiting for.

7. A large Cloud-based service will fail (temporarily), causing mass disruption

This is inevitable, not because Cloud Computing is inherently unreliable but rather because it’s becoming more prevalent. More Cloud services are being offered and more people and businesses are using them (as we mentioned earlier, the growth in the number of mobile workers is the main driver behind the adoption of Cloud Computing).

8. E-mail is (still) not dead

Despite various dire predictions to the contrary, e-mail is still going strong, with 3.1 billion users in 2011, and no sign of it slowing down. On the other hand, the volume of spam is decreasing, which means e-mail is becoming even more valuable.

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