If you asked a Millennial employee to send a “fax,” he or she would most likely laugh or look puzzled. Although they were business necessities only ten years ago, long gone are the days of pen and paper, fax machines and landlines. Now companies buzz with the latest smartphones, video conferencing systems, tablets and lightweight laptops. Employees don’t have to be in the office to be in the know. As technology enables a flexible and agile working style and environment, more employees will demand the ability to work from wherever, whenever and business leaders must adjust practices accordingly.
What does the future of the workplace hold?
According to Johnson Controls, a company that specializes in
workplace solutions, “the traditional confines of geography and time no longer dictate our daily interactions.” This means that “work will be something we do, not somewhere we go.” Much like fax machines, conventional 9am-5pm business hours, cubicles and rigid employment contracts will be passé. The workplace of the future will be results oriented; employees will be able to work however, wherever and whenever they want as long as the final product meets deadlines and employer standards.
What does this mean for employers?
Johnson Control research also reveals that flexibility is the number one business value proposition that attracts top talent. Employers must support a flexible working style while also maintaining seamless collaboration, productivity, motivation and allegiance to corporate values. This balance is difficult for many employers to find and therefore, in the future employees and employers will have to compromise to ensure what is best for both parties. Companies that allow their employees to work remotely benefit from higher employee satisfaction and productivity and lower staff turnover. They also will experience the long-term reduction of overhead costs, having to spend less money on powering and maintaining an office building and less money on the concomitant technological devices required for a physical workplace.
In order to attract top talent and stay ahead of the demand for flexibility and agility, employers should immediately implement a remote access solution. Employees need access to the corporate network from any location and at any time and employers must guarantee that this access is secure so that intellectual property is safe.
HOB continues to develop state of the art remote access solutions in preparation for the workplace of tomorrow. Prepare your business here.
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