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Summer’s Ending – But You Can Still Work Free From the Office

August 28, 2012 - 0 Comments

I always dread summer coming to an end.

Sure, it’s not like the old days when summer meant no school and running around free, but like most people, summer still makes me feel like I have more personal time and freedom. It must be the extra daylight.

Even if I can’t have the feeling of summer, it makes a huge difference to me if I can  work in different ways – from home or even handling some to do items from the car.

One of the best things about the new, free version of WebEx, is that having a host account (yes, it’s free) means you can host a WebEx on your mobile. And that means I don’t have to be tethered to your computer.

Get your own free, basic WebEx account here.

In 2007, Cisco commissioned a study: Understanding and Managing the Mobile Workforce that looked at ways to really grasp how mobility was emerging. Of course, since then, “going mobile” has really become the norm.

In that study, they found:

Successful mobile workers tend to be resilient extroverts. They are open to new experiences and highly adaptable. And, contrary to the stereotype of the harassed and disoriented road warrior, they are supremely organized and independent-minded. With the right kind of tailored support, their productivity and adaptability make them superlative operators in an era of increasing demands and constant change.

In 2007, the Cisco study cited a prediction that “within two years, one quarter of the world’s working population will be mobile workers.” Not to freak anyone out but this was BEFORE Apple’s iPad was even released!

More recently, from an iPass study released in Q1 of 2012, they found

  • 64 percent of mobile workers now carry a tablet, rising to nearly 80 percent within the next six months according to respondents’ buying predictions.
  • 67 percent of mobile workers now use social media for work.
  • 92 percent of mobile workers believe their Smartphones should be enabled for both work and personal use.
  • 61 percent of a mobile worker’s day is within range of a Wi-Fi network.

Don’t Get the Summertime Blues: Get Out of the Office

The last bullet is especially interesting as it brings me back to freedom and using my mobile to get work done. We did a survey of 500 U.S. small business owners that found 15% surveyed intend to work remotely 36 days or more. Almost half of small business owners plan to work remotely for at least two weeks before the summer is out, the survey showed (see infographic).

That means I am not alone!

And none of us have to be locked to our desks. Try WebEx mobile and take those meetings from someplace amazing. Like watching your kid’s soccer practice or the ducks migrate at the golf course or any place that lets you be productive without being trapped.

Note: to use WebEx mobile, you will need a host account. Get a free, basic account here.


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