In the workplace of the future, work is not a place people go, it is more of a state of mind. Through the rise of mobile collaboration, work is effortlessly shifted across different people, locations, devices and time. It’s also a shift in the way we think. By completely eliminating the traditional way of on-site, face to face, analogue thinking, organisations increase flexibility, decrease costs and accelerate the rate of change.
Companies that embrace the workplace of the future by supporting remote working will be far more agile than others. We are living in the most interconnected time in human history and mobile communication and improved video collaboration technology gives organisations the flexibility to operate in this hyper-connected world, while enabling employees to enjoy a better work-life balance, able to work from anywhere, unrestricted by location, time or device.
The willingness of organisations to adapt to the changes in technology is essential to the future workplace. We have compiled an infographic of the most important workplace of the future trends we will be seeing over the next few years.
- 40% of the world’s population is online today. That’s almost 3 billion users. (Internet Live Stats)
- By 2016 video will be the no. 1 communications tool, overtaking email and phone (Polycom survey “Global View: Business Video Conferencing Usage and Trends”)
- 1.4 mobile devices per person worldwide. And video streaming will account for two thirds of all mobile data. (Cisco)
- In 2016 the global market for video conferencing is predicted to hit nearly $3.8 billion (Ovum)
- Wearable technology will grow from sales of 10 million units in 2014 to 100 million units by 2018 (OneStopClick Research “Beyond Enterprise Boundaries: Extending Secure, High Performance Video Collaboration to Any User, Anywhere.”)
- By 2017 half of all employers will no longer provide devices to their workers. Instead, employees will be expected to bring their own devices to work (Gartner)
- Tablet sales will surpass PC sales on an annual basis (IDC)
- 24% of workers use a smart device as their primary computer and this is expected to double by 2018 (Polycom)
- Smartphones will grow to 2.4 billion units by 2018 – a ratio of 6:1 to PCs (Wainhouse)
- Internet of Things: By 2020, the number of physical objects connected to the internet will grow to 50 billion (Gartner)