As part of a campaign looking at the workplace of the future, CEO of meetingrooms.com, Caleb Parker, explains why mobile technologies are going to continue to change the way we work.
With improved mobile devices, the introduction of 4G, better wireless connectivity and advances in productivity software, there has been an increased ability to work remotely and a huge shift towards digital communications as the primary form of interaction. For a lot of what we do, this has been a useful shift and digital mobility has opened up vast opportunities to connect with people across the globe, achieve quick responses and provide 24 hour connectivity – not just communicate within traditional office hours. However, it is important not to forget the power of face-to-face communications and the implications on productivity that the working environment can have.
The future of work may be digitally driven; however there are a number of considerations that SMEs will need to take into account in order to produce the best working environment for their business and employees. Having a “somewhere” to work from is still extremely important. Whilst some SMEs may consider mobile working to be key to their future growth, the shared economy has opened up a whole new type of “office” which will allow employees to still have a base as and when they need it. These days, the coffee shop has become the default location for those working remotely outside the office and the home, but there is another option.
On-demand office space
It’s now easier than ever for SMEs to utilise meeting rooms around the world as part of the shared economy. These can be booked on an hourly basis, or for as long as needed, and provide an affordable alternative to leasing office space. For those occasions when employees are away from the office but require an environment that they can control – with reduced noise levels, better digital infrastructure, and fewer distractions – a hired meeting space is essential.
Online services can help users to instantly find, compare and book meeting space no matter where they are in the world.
For SMEs wishing to be more agile, this can be invaluable in making funds available that might otherwise be tied up – and partly wasted – in costly rented office spaces. Being able to support remote-working employees via mobile technology, while also having a convenient solution to enable face-to-face communication and get work done from auxiliary offices around the globe, gives businesses the best of both worlds. As further developments occur in the workplace as a result of mobile technologies, this is one approach that SMEs can take to help ensure they adapt well to those.
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