According to the Citrix Global Workshifting Index, there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of companies that are allowing workshifting for all or part of their workforce. Specifically, 93 percent of organizations will have implemented workshifting policies by 2013. That’s up from 37 percent today.
Access to technology is enabling mobile workstyles, which breed productivity anywhere and at any time. Virtual offices and mobile workstyles go hand in hand, so I wasn’t surprised to see the results of this survey. But it’s interesting to see just how strongly some IT decision makers are embracing it. IT decision makers are citing several benefits to workshifting, including:
- Giving people the flexibility to choose the ideal time, place and device for their work. Seventy one percent of respondents indicated that they are using workshifting policies to enable people to work from anywhere and 63 percent to enable people to work from home when required. Home-based virtual offices are one option.
- Reducing real-estate, travel and labor costs through flex-work, telework and alternative workplace strategies. Cost savings are among the main drivers for workshifting with the reduction of HR-related costs at 45 percent, improved ability to recruit workers in lower-cost regions at 39 percent, reduction of real estate costs at 38 percent and contribution to environmental sustainability at 26 percent.
- Attracting and retaining the best people through flex-work, telework and alternative workplace strategies. Fifty one percent of IT decision makers indicated that have implemented workshifting policies to help attract and retain top talent. Nearly half of respondents also indicated that workshifting enables organizations to tap into a broader labor pool by facilitating collaboration with and among outsourcing partners, contractors, business partners, temporary workers and consultants.
Can you see the virtual office tie in here? Virtual offices help enable the growing workshifting trend. With virtual office technologies you can avoid heavy investments in the infrastructure required to work from any time and anywhere.