Recently, there has been a lot of interesting discussion about exactly what the workplace of the future is going to look like, and the fact that 50% of workers will be mobile working remotely in the next few years, according to former Citrix Systems CEO Kirill Tatarinov.
If you look at the information workers and knowledge workers in particular, as well as executives, professionals and doctors, it can be argued that these people are 100% mobile today.
Many of the large banks are moving into flexible seating environment even for their task work. People come to work, and they don’t have a fixed desk, they get provisioned their desk every morning. This can certainly be described as flexible mobile working.
For years, people have dreamt about one device for everything in our lives. Today, that device exists. That device is the “cloud”.
We have a personal cloud, we have a work cloud, an enterprise cloud and those clouds know how to identify us, and those clouds know what information we’re allowed to access and we can access those clouds from any device.
The phenomenon of people bringing their own devices to work has been around for a few years now. And, approximately 80% of companies today actually allow you to bring your own device to work. More than half of the organisations listed on the S&P 500 American stock market index actually require you to bring your own device to work.
”Work is fluid–it can happen anywhere, at any timeAdam KinglDirector of Learning Solutions at London Business School
But that’s not all that’s going on. Adam Kingl, director of learning solutions at the London Business School, notes that one topic that came up frequently at the Global Leadership Summit was millennials approach to work.
Flexibility “is the number one reason they’re attracted to a workplace,” he says. “People want to take an afternoon off and catch up on Saturday morning.” With younger workers being fully aware that you can email or call someone from anywhere, the idea of working differently becomes “a criterion that people are expressly looking for before they’ll sign on the dotted line,” says Kingl. “It’s not a perk or reward.”
More significantly, the oldest of these digital natives are now in their thirties and have moved into management. They “are starting to be the architects of workplace culture,” Kingl says. Once your boss knows that “work is fluid–it can happen anywhere, at any time,” then there is much less value put on “being around for its own sake.”