The internet has fundamentally changed so many things about our modern society. In the workplace in particular, this doesn’t just affect how we work, but where we work.
Services like Google Drive mean that we can start one document on our phone, pick it up later on a tablet, and then publish it once we’re finally at our desktops. This device unity would have been unforeseen even a decade back, which is nothing considering how long businesses have been operating.
However, these virtual workplaces are now starting to have a major impact on the UK workforce. According to reports, 50% of the UK will be working remotely by 2020, while 82% of employees believe flexible work arrangements like this would make them more loyal to their company.
Figures like these can make you realise how important this is, whether you’re an employee or employer.
Obviously the concept of ‘virtual work’ is not directly transferable to every role; some simply demand that you are physically at a location to fulfil your job. However technologies such as video conferencing (Skype, Google Hangouts, Zoom, etc) are helping to break down those barriers that may appear when someone needs a more personal and immediate interaction with a team.
Saying that, there are still hang-ups that we know managers have with remote working, and changing their mind may be difficult. Hopefully, the infographic below created by our friends at McGowan Transcriptions can help illuminate even the most stubborn bosses.