As globalization and mobile technology transform businesses worldwide, remote workforces are increasingly a workplace reality, and the trend is accelerating. A Global Leadership Summit survey found that 34 percent of companies say half of their full-time workforce will be working remotely by 2020.
Another force driving the telecommuting trend is the rise of a new generation of workers: Millennials are on pace to become the dominant workforce demographic this year. As a group, they tend to be more collaborative and to place more emphasis on achieving work/life balance, which often translates into flexible work hours and telecommuting options. As digital natives, millennials are behind the adoption of cloud collaboration tools and BYOD, solutions that enable them to work anywhere.
Companies that want to compete for the best and brightest employees as remote workforces become the norm rather than the exception will need to find a way to fully engage telecommuters. As global companies and telecommuters make the transition, they’ll need to overcome the “out of sight, out of mind” challenge so that employees who work remotely are considered full members of the team by onsite staff and feel fully engaged on projects when physically separated from the office.
The right technology tools can help keep all employees informed, engaged and productive. Here are five tech essentials that can effectively integrate remote workers and office-based colleagues:
In today’s highly competitive environment, global companies must harness the talent and creativity of their staff — wherever they are. A more collaborative, mobile workforce requires technology solutions that bring remote workers into the fold, providing the tools they need to fully participate in meetings, consult with colleagues, share content with the group and more.
Fortunately for businesses and workers who are adjusting to a rapidly evolving workplace, technology solutions are now available to provide a true telepresence and enable collaboration worldwide. The companies that harness essential technology to enable telecommuter success can gain a significant competitive edge.
Eric Yu (News - Alert) is the Product Management Director, Video Collaboration, of AVer USA. He leads VC520 Conference Camera envision and execution. Eric has many years of UC, AV and communication experience. Prior to joining AVer, he worked at Fortemedia, Marvell, PCTEL, Lucent and AT&T with various management positions.