Long commutes and being in an office at a certain time with limited flexibility is gradually becoming a thing of the past. The future will see an increase in workplace mobility creating the “anywhere office,” a place where employees can work anytime from anywhere.
Which global region will lead the way in mobility by 2013? Click on our interactive infographic to find out.
In terms of sheer mass, the Asia-Pacific region will have the largest amount of mobile workers, topping out over 700 million people and making up for 62% of all the world’s mobile workers. In regards of being the leader in mobile penetration, the US will lead the world with Japan in tow with roughly three-fourths of all employees having workplace mobility options.
Workplace mobility and flexibility are becoming an attractive feature in employee recruitment and retention. 66 percent of IT professionals surveyed stated that they would take a job offering less pay to have more flexibility in device usage, access to social media and increased mobility. Working from home doesn’t encourage “slacking off” either. 45 percent of telecommuters have admitted to working two to three extra hours per day when they work remotely.
Increased employee retention and productivity are just two of the benefits of a mobile workforce. Yes, there’s more.
Hypothetically, if 50 million people in the US worked from home half the time, we would be able to reduce road travel by 91 billion (yes, with a ‘B’) miles per year. As a result of less time on the road, 77 thousand traffic-related injuries and deaths would be prevented while also cutting down our oil usage by 281 million barrels. To put that number in perspective, 281 million barrels of oil make up for roughly 46% of our Persian Gulf imports.
By 2013, mobile workers will make up 35 percent of the worldwide workforce. While that leaves out over half of the global workforce, it shows us a new world of opportunity. Are you shifting your business to “The Anywhere Office?”