In our Lancalot Manifesto we stated the first paragraph as “The brain is the new desktop”. What we sincerely believe is that the next generation of knowledge workers won’t require a desk. Why? We think that creativity, business development, innovation and business decision will speed up when people do things and topics they like, they believe in and where they are passionate about but from places where they feel comfortable to work.
And there are more benefits for both parties in it.
When people don’t have to commute to work, they are less stressed out from daily travels, can work remotely in a quiet in a relaxed space, and don’t have the challenge to find someone to take care of the kids. Companies can scale down from expensive office space to much smaller places and create flexible working space atmosphere. Just think of the reduction of costs in furniture, technology and running expenses like electricity, and imagine that time is money when people don’t commute to work.
This new trend is reflected by a study Citrix Systems published this week which surveyed 1.900 “senior IT decision-makers” from 19 countries. The study was focussing on future trends in workspaces as well as telecommuting.
Let’s have a look at the findings…
- In 2020 almost 29% of people will work remotely: the majority from home, project sites, and customer/partner premises.
- Coffee shops, airports, and hotels will become an increasingly important working space while people travel.
- With the rise of telecommuting, the responds believe that by 2020 we will have ten office workers for 7 desks.
- In telecommuting-friendly countries like the U.S., the U.K., Singapore, or the Netherlands, it will have 10 workers for six desks. Countries that have a high value on face-time, like Germany, South Korea, and Japan will face a higher ratio. However, the trend will be changing here as well.
- By mid 2014 the percentage of companies that adopt the mobile work style will jump to 83% compared to 24% today.
- 96% of organizations that implement mobile work styles redesig their workplaces to be more collaborative and flexible.
- BYOD on the rise: 83% of companies plan to allow employees to bring their own digital devices to and from work instead of relying on desktops, and the companies cover all costs.
Obviously, there are differences from generation to generation. Growing up with wireless access and laptops, the GenY don’t see a challenge working from everywhere. The challenge would be to get them coming to the office. And for the older generation and companies? The Fukushima disaster showed companies “that they could empower their employees to work from home. They began to learn that work can be done anywhere”. Kim DeCarlis, VP Corporate Marketing, Citrix.
Telecommuting is the future, whether your company likes it or not. And in my eyes, Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo, is right in her attitude that the work-life balance will play an important role in the future: “The key to sustaining loyalty in employees is making sure they get to do the things that are most important to them outside of work.” The less people have to commute to offices, the better we can organize our personal lives around our jobs. And the cloud gives us all opportunities to working remotely – from a coffee shop or from home.