For many professionals, work is a place to go. However for a growing
number of professionals work is really what you DO. Not where you are
or where you go. When I think of my backpack – it has just about
everything I need to be “at work” – wherever I am. It includes:
- Dell Latitude E4600 (with built in video camera)
- Verizon Wireless Broadband
- Flip Video Camera
and a few other things.
Citrix Online, makers of
Gotomypc, Gotomeeting and other tools, according to their press
release, offers a unique snapshot of the evolving trend to the location
Their report, “Worldwide Workplace: The Web Commuting Imperative,”
presents a multi-dimensional snapshot of how this trend is projected to
change the ways in which people live and work, and how online access
and collaboration technologies enable full performance without the
constraints of location. The findings illustrate the paradox between
what businesses and workers perceive to be important to success and the
realities of the workplace.
Check out the Citrix Online blog Work Shifting for a LOT of information on the independent professional. In particular check out the download link on the blog web site.
Findings from the report include:
- Nearly 75% of all workers want the freedom to work
remotely from home or somewhere else away from the office, yet most
workers don’t have the option. This desire is so strong that 1 in 5
workers are willing to relinquish 5% of their salary to work offsite
1-2 days a week.
- Flexible hours are deemed most
essential to having a successful business in the future, and rated
higher by a significant margin than health insurance benefits. Small
business owners are more than 4 times as likely as others to be able to
work remotely “all the time.” But more than 25% still believe job
duties demand that employees be in the office.
many bosses still don’t like the idea of employees working offsite,
approximately one third of bosses in the U.S. are receptive to having
employees participate virtually by phoning in to meetings.
from rigid office hours by having more control over schedules is what
employers and employees like most about Web commuting?even more than
saving time and money on transportation.
entrepreneurs are 50% more likely to allow Web commuting from home
compared to their male counterparts?perhaps themselves recognizing the
need for work/life equilibrium.