The Future of Work is Mobile and Flexible

November 10, 2014 - 2 Comments

Cisco’s 2014 Future of Work survey results were published the other day and reveal many thought-provoking trends.

For example, did you know that the majority of today’s professionals would relinquish their television before they let you take away their smartphone? Or that given a choice between Internet access and sense of smell, an incredible 43% would hang on to the Internet. Now there’s the true meaning of a 6th sense.

These are just a couple of the provoking (and some may say disturbing) findings.

But I was far less surprised by the fact that the vast majority of workers and HR professionals believe that organizations that are empowering employees with flexible, mobile work styles are at a big advantage.

The Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR) Future of Work survey results show that work is being defined by what is achieved, and less by when and where the work is done. The challenge for HR, Workplace Resources and IT is to create the perfect work environment adapted to employee preferences, work activities and the devices being used. Both in the office (or clinic, campus, factory, town hall etc) or anywhere outside the physical workplace. And to achieve all that most efficiently and while protecting the employees, business assets and customers.

The future of work

An incredible 25% of Gen Y workers already have “flexible, mobile work styles”.  No more peak-hour commutes for them – thank you! Another 45% of the working population yearn for that flexibility.

Having said that – 44% of Gen Y workers still believe that they are more productive in the office than at home. That could mean their organization still has some way to go in helping workers create an immersive virtual work environment at home that replicates or even exceeds the physical work environment in the office.

At Cisco, we believe we have the solutions and services to help employees achieve that greater level of productivity, collaboration and customer responsiveness. We see these technologies helping us every day in our own work lives:

I strongly believe that it makes work that much more enthralling, when at the click of a button you can virtually and visually bring together diverse sets of people, ideas, expertise and digital resources to solve problems or create the next big idea.
And as we all know, there is so much more to come. Importantly, the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) will play a bigger role in the future workplace, too.

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  1. One benefit of being in the office is face-to-face communication with colleagues and for me video is hugely important when at home. When companies provide this, as Cisco do, and video has replaced phone calls as the standard hopefully the flexible working percentage will increase.

    • Andy thanks,
      Agree on all your points.
      High quality video on web conferencing and the TelePresence experience make face-to-face meetings more of a luxury than an absolute necessity.
      According to our internal Cisco statistics, the average meeting involves 4 people, where 2 of the participants are joining remotely. Video is of huge value.
      Considering saved travel times – even just the walk between rooms on a campus – video as part of a complete digital workplace, is a big boost to productivity and effectiveness.