Gone are the fax machines, the vast cubicle farms, the swanky corner offices. Startup culture has seeped into the mainstream workplace, and brands are looking for new systems of collaboration to keep up.
As a fresh generation enters the workforce and redefines the boundaries of work and leisure, the 9-5 status quo is officially obsolete. Fueled by mobile devices, the modern worker is no longer tied to any one location, work style, or schedule. With a smartphone and laptop handy, productivity is attainable anywhere.
From remote teams to powerful cloud tools, these top trends are reinventing the modern workplace:
By offering up perks like telecommuting and flexible hours, companies are trusting employees to design their own schedules from scratch. Behind the scenes, cloud-based tools and mobile devices are the engine making this all possible.
The modern “office” is a fluid concept, applicable to your local coffee shop, the kitchen counter, that cozy couch next to your company’s ping pong table, and everything in between.
As this trend continues, we’re seeing mass adoption of internal social networks, platforms that enable employees to be more engaged and connected - no matter where they are.
The Internet has opened up brands to a limitless pool of global talent, letting a geographically dispersed workforce take shape. This rich virtual landscape is the very foundation of remote working. In 2016, Forrester estimates that 43% of U.S. workers will have joined the mobile workforce.
From startups like Buffer to nonprofits like Mozilla, companies are injecting the remote work lifestyle directly into their DNA. By taking advantage of time zones to run 24/7 departments, brands can now leverage global talent to accomplish hyper-local goals.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has officially kicked into high gear. IT departments everywhere are embracing a new ecosystem of devices designed to integrate with workplace essentials like your business phone system or favorite productivity suite. Armed with sleek mobile phones, modern workers no longer need to crowd inside vast cubicle farms to achieve maximum productivity. Mobility is now the key to success.
From communication platforms like UberConference & Slack to productivity suites like Office 365 and Google Apps, companies are happily embracing the cloud. The most popular tools are elegant, intuitive, and designed with the end user in mind.
By making the switch to the cloud, brands are more agile than ever, scaling quickly to compete in a dynamic global marketplace.
The future of work is here. Are you ready?