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The Anywhere Office

October 7, 2011 - 15 Comments

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?”

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  1. I totally agree John.
    The office structure is changing its becoming more and more mobile.
    I believe in near future the concept of work from home will take its place.

  2. I glad to see the US as one of the leaders in anywhere offices. I work from home and really enjoy it. I never want to have to sit in traffic and go in to work again, if the pay is right.

  3. I found your interactive infographic interesting. I had no idea the United States was so big into the “anywhere office” or at least moving that direction.

    I’ve been a mobile entreprenuer for about 11 years now. I got to say, it’s pretty hard to beat working from anywhere.

    Nice post.

  4. I’m glad that I’m able to work in a virtual office. The best thing is: you can brainstorm and walk the dog at the same time.

  5. The next evolution in mobile computing
    Profit from analysis that has already been done by others in the cloud.This is the next step in cloud computing. I think Google or Cisco could do this.

    You can also see the results of the most powerful computers and engines that are logged into the server – total information on any computer, in the blink of an eye.

    ChessBase has turned into some kind of Microsoft in the world of chess. Think of the possibilities in the next level of cloud computing.

    Think of the endless problems relating not to just chess theory, but science such as physics, maths, computing problems, chemistry and medicine.

    According to the latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 11, which analyzes data from over 600 million systems in more than 100 countries, the biggest threats stem from clever “socially engineered” malware targeting outdated software, such as older Web browsers.

    Microsoft has the ability to do this now. Naturally you can always opt out of the system, even temporarily, if you do not want to share your own engine results in an unexplored position.

    It will also reveal which lines are being analysed and debated in the international community, and with what conclusions.

  6. in India, I have seen an example which has become very famous. An IT company asks you to come to office in once in a month to meet your team. Rest of the days, you are encouraged to work from remote location. Company is growing very fast. But hires only experienced resource, who knows that even when they are not in front of their boss, they have to work.

  7. Interesting post, but I wonder how virtual companies gauge the productivity of their mobile workers?

  8. Most people go to work because their home has laziness and their performance is greatly reduced!

  9. I have also been largely a mobile worker since January 2009 and and am amazed at my own productivity which, benefitted by the dramatic reduction in daily physical commuting (thereby effectively increasing productive time and energy) has surprised even myself. I sincerely hope that more and more corporations see value in this practice as it also gives their employees better work-life balance which, in turn, gets reflected in the dynamic growth of the company itself and prefessional growth of the same employees.

  10. I call it the virtual office. I agree with you that working at home does not mean the quality is worse than working in the office. I was very surprised with the value that can be saved if we work in a virtual office. Perhaps it would be something unusual in the days to come

  11. Good post. I just wonder if the “anywhere office” includes Cisco folks, too. I bought my own Cisco wireless set up for home and would love to use it more. When will Cisco leadership drive the Anywhere Office concept so that us mere mortals in Cisco can take advantage of it? I’d love to hear my organization director state publicly that the Anywhere Office is open for business, and to stop insisting on so much on site time. If it’s good enough to sell, I hope it’s good enough to buy (internally). 😉

  12. …wow, i can’t wait this thing to be implemented and recognize by it. its a big help. the world is growing… and we need to fine alternatives to manage it before its too late. thanks cisco for the contribution of your technology.

  13. I’ve been a 100% “mobile worker” since January 2009. The company I work for, Envision Technology Marketing Group, has been a solely virtual company employing only mobile workers since 1998 – way back before it was a growing trend. In fact I’m sure back then our model raised more than a few eyebrows and left some potential clients scratching their heads. We’ve never had a commercial-building-type “office”.

    But, now that I have been solely working from home, I am surprised that more companies do not allow their workers more freedom to work outside the office. Aside, from the obvious benefits such as better recruitment and retention, I believe employers would see a reduction in sick days and a dramatic increase in productivity. (I think your 45% admitting they work harder is low.) They would also benefit from a significant reduction in facilities and other operating costs. Meanwhile, employees would benefit from “hidden savings” such as reduced auto insurance, reduced transportation (gas) costs, reduced child care costs, less dry cleaning, less eating out…I could keep going.

    But in addition to these economic benefits, some of the most important benefits, as your post points out, are that it is better for our environment, our health, and safety. Thanks for the post!

  14. What constitutes “mobile work” in the study? I’m guessing that it’s not projecting 3/4 of US workers being full-time telecommuters in 2013, but does it include all workers who just do things as simple as checking email from home?