As of last year, the website searches from mobile devices have surpassed the desktop ones. This year, around 230 million tablets will be shipped globally, and in 2017, there will be 4.77 billion people with access to mobile phone. Software solutions, such as instant messaging and video conferencing, enable flawless communication with people anywhere on the globe. These trends are a clear demonstration that we are well off into an age where the borders of space and time are transcended.
The rise of the nomads
Such developments have given birth to the whole army of digital nomads who change the face of the global business world. With a few taps of the finger, million dollar transactions are being conducted, and big decisions are being made. Businessmen harness the immense power of technology to improve the efficiencies, but also to gain freedom and test the boundaries of work, travel, and lifestyle. The worst nightmare is no longer a pushy boss looming over you, but a slow internet in distant corners of the earth.
You can be a few blocks away, or worlds apart from someone. Technology connects people, empowers them to take control of their lives, and saves them a truckload of money and time. Just take the example of entrepreneurs who had to travel half of the world in order to meet their business partners. Now, Skype permits you to have a conversation online, while cloud computing presents a real game-changer, with data stored online, available, and synced on all of the devices that you possess.
More and more people decide to drop the rat race, and leave the sterile corporate environment. In the US, 50% of the workforce possesses jobs that involve telecommuting. Regular work-at-home has grown at a rapid pace in the last decade, and freelancers now pose a major force in the market. People are acquiring new desktops and quality laptops in Australia, and 94% of households with internet access have (at least) one of these computers, while in Europe a majority of adults uses the internet on mobile platforms.
Technology also allows us to simplify tedious activities and automate mundane tasks. The app market is booming and equipping us with solutions for managing money, accounting, handling email correspondence, communicating with others, crafting visual content, etc. So, your office can be a Starbucks café in London, a hotel lobby in Tokyo, or deckchair on the beach in the Caribbean. The whole world is a stage, and our ticket to the big show is already in our pocket, in the form of a killer gadget.
There is no need to buy expensive premises, a bunch of office appliances, hire staff full-time, and spend a ton of gas on transpiration. Employers, too, are not forced to hire people in their vicinity, and may seek to attract global top talents. This has shifted hiring policies across the globe, and impacted business models of companies across all industry sectors. Many people also claim that things like remote work helped them melt the stress away and achieve a better work-life balance.
The world is your oyster
The number of people working from home is on a constant rise, and this trend is expected to continue in 2017 and beyond. Technology has brought down the obstacles that stood in the way of communication and collaboration. Jobs are less time-consuming, stressful, and physically demanding. Work, life, and pleasure have been merged into a new, exciting amalgam. All the resources are available out there, and it is up to us to exploit them, and make a positive change in our (professional) life.