The notion that work-life is confined to the parameters of an office during the hours of 9-5 is fast disappearing.
We now have access to emails whilst on the go and instant messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, continue to facilitate collaboration. The number of permanent office workers is also changing as more and more companies embrace flexible working. In fact, during the Global Leadership Summit in London, a survey revealed that 34% of business leaders believe that more than half of their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020.
In response to the trend of on-demand work, here are three technology tools that support spontaneous working habits.
1) Video Calls
Effective meetings lay the foundation for the success of company projects and tasks. However, there are times when conflicting schedules and geographical distance make it difficult for participants to meet. As a result, deadlines sometimes get pushed back or members end up forfeiting their contribution.
Recently, video conferencing has stepped forth as a viable solution and sophisticated applications, such as Skype for Business and Google Hangout, help preserve the intimacy that comes from having face-to-face conversations.
2) The Cloud
Worldwide technology company Cisco have predicted that cloud apps will account for 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019; such a high figure is not surprising considering the cloud’s numerous benefits.
Cloud computing permits users to store data on software apps accessible over the internet, allowing individuals to share and edit documents from any computer or device, in real-time.
Using the cloud can relieve a workforce of the reliance that comes from storing data on a local server and now you and your colleagues can retrieve and share resources regardless of location.
3) Wireless stick
Depending on the nature of your assignment, you may require use of the internet.
Although the availability of public Wi-Fi is increasing, there are still public areas that do not support the infrastructure, including some hotels, restaurants, and public transport. On top of this, there are safety issues to consider when logging onto public hotspots.
To ensure you maximise your productivity when out and about, consider investing in a dongle. A wireless stick will not only keep you connected whilst mobile, but it also provides reliable connection and minimises cyber risks.
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