Guess What’s Here To Stay? The Remote Workforce
Remember when everyone was saying that the Internet changed everything? Will a debt that's what everybody was saying that and in the mid-90s it became one of the most powerful tools mankind ever created. The communication capacity of the human race increased by an order of magnitude almost instantly and it continues to increase regularly with each passing moment. It is no surprise that this incredible technology changed the face of business instantly and forever. Remote workforces began cropping up all over the country and businesses that may have had concerns about the environment or the economic stability of the traditional business unit began to move more and more towards this new idea of distributed work teams. As the technology continue to advance the remote workforce became more common, more efficient, and more sought after. Now people can work from not only their home office, or satellite office, but anywhere. More work gets done in coffee shops now than in most office buildings.
Industry experts are agreeing that now is not only cost-effective to employ a remote workforce but it also creates a competitive advantage for any company that does not. A remote workforce increases efficiency and deepens the talent pool to the point of where improvements become much easier to attain. A recent report from Gartner encouraged the financial world to embrace the significant cost reductions by using remote workers. Remote workers require less space, office equipment, power, and they almost universally enjoy their job more. Although this last aspect may not interest banks for much it does keep employees around longer reducing the churn rate as well as the need to train new employees.
The Gartner study also showed that over 45 million people will work from their home at least once a week by the end of 2011. The Harvard business school blog also posted that this trend would raise productivity, decrease pollution, save energy, reduce traffic congestion, increase the quality of life for employees, reduce household expenses, and allow educated women to remain in the workforce. Thank you Internet.
And even if you don't require a more efficient workplace and you have no interest in the efficiency or happiness of your employees that environmental stewardship probably is of no interest to you either but it can be important. Working from home may not save the world but it might actually be destroyed a little bit more slowly so we can come up with a plan to save it in the future. And destroying the world at a slower pace is something we can all support.
Time magazine suggested the cubicle is a relic of a long past and dead age of business. The death of the cubicle is good for everyone, businesses more so than any. Cubicles and the building that is required to house them are incredibly expensive and any way to get rid of overhead should be embraced. If you to lay off workers to save money, why not first layoff real estate as it is a great deal more expensive.