Do you despise your daily commute? Do you sit in traffic craving the extra hour of sleep you could have gotten if you lived closer to your office? If this sounds like you, you’re in luck. Over the past few years, more and more companies have realized the potential benefits of working remotely. Recent studies suggest that 17-20 percent of the work force will be remote by 2020. This means that in four years, one-fifth of the workforce will be working from home.
Those lucky enough to wind up in this 20 percent, want to make sure their home office is ready. The development of communication and real-time collaboration technology has allowed remote offices to work just as, if not more efficiently, than a traditional office. Get ready to take the leap to remote work with these must-haves for every home office. These tech tools offer a seamless transition from commuting in traffic to taking conference calls in pajamas. What’s better than that?
Slack: Real Time Collaboration & Communication
Collaborating with coworkers and clients is essential to almost any business, which means a home office needs to be communication and collaboration-friendly. Online document editing, screen sharing, and video conferencing can make working from home as efficient as working from a singular office. The downside to all of this technology is that it can be difficult to juggle on multiple platforms. Luckily, there is a solution to all of the confusion: communication packaging software. These packages integrate video chat, messaging, image and file sharing, and voice chat together in one convenient platform. Landlines are irrelevant to a home office and soon combing through endless email threads to find a document will be as well. The future of virtual offices and collaboration is in communication packaging, bringing convenience and efficiency into one easy-to-use platform.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) has become the newest wave of technological development. As the amount of technology use increases, so does the desire to connect them. The Internet of Things is a way for all technological devices to communicate (via wifi) and work together to limit the menial work tasks that need done. While the technology isn’t quite there yet, the future of IoT will anticipate all home office needs. Imagine adding a virtual conference to the calendar for tomorrow. Instead of wasting time ensuring that all of the conferencing equipment is set up, arranging documents, and brewing a fresh cup of coffee before the conference, the IoT will do this for you. By connecting all of the devices currently in use, it will soon be reality, increasing productivity and efficiency in the home office.
While using cloud technology can be a bit daunting, it is the future of home offices. Cloud computing allows businesses to grow without requiring additional square footage or hardware. With cloud computing, all applications and data are stored and operated online. This eliminates the need for bulky storage devices and allows work to be from anywhere that has an internet connection. The latest advancements in cloud technology have the capacity to run and manage an entire company on the web. This means more of employees can work remotely; saving money on office space, equipment, and time spent commuting to a shared office space.
Thanks to the continual improvements of the above technologies, the office of the future will not be defined by the skyscrapers and cubicles of the past. Instead, it will be a network of individuals collaborating efficiently, regardless of location. Resulting in increased productivity, reduced turnover, and happier employees.
Kali Muir is an ambitious freelance writer with a BA in Communications. She was born in Canada but has since lived in Norway, Denmark, and England. Her work experience is as diverse as her past addresses, including roles in technical communication, corporate communication, marketing, and article writing. She has experience working in varied business sectors: Oil & Gas, Engineering & Technology, Clothing & Equipment Retail, and Creative Writing. Follow Kali’s professional and personal journey at www.kalimuir.com, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.