40% of workforce to go ‘mobile’ by 2015

40% of workforce to go ‘mobile’ by 2015

The growth of smartphones and tablets in the workplace shows no sign of abating and it seems like mobile working could become a significant aspect of the workplace in the coming years.

A new white paper commissioned by Esselte Corporation, entitled The Future of Work, suggests that 40 per cent of the world's workforce could be utilising mobile working by 2015.

Richard Watson and Andrew Crosthwaite, from Futures House Europe, who authored the paper, said people now spend more time working than sleeping, due to the 'always on' culture, new technologies and the improvements of the internet.

The pair looked at various aspects of the business landscape in the report and discovered there are a range of reasons for the move towards mobile working.

A rise in the number of tech-savvy young people in the workforce has brought with it a different way of working. The white paper notes: "By 2020, companies will have to be multi-generational, multi cultural and able to adapt to people wanting to stay employed/have gaps and/or extend their careers indefinitely."

It was also noted that by 2015 new technologies mean 1.3 billion of the total working population will be mobile.

This is something that has been developing for a number of years and the fact that mobile workers now carry an average of 3.5 devices with them is testament to the rising popularity of the trend.

Martin Kula, vice-president of marketing at Esselte, added: "The paper underlines how innovation, collaboration and more efficient organisation of the way we work must be hard-wired into a company, and be championed and invested in by senior management."

He noted that the paper also indicates the importance of security, digital data storage and the retrieval of information and how these may become more difficult as the trend for mobile working grows.

The overall conclusions of the report are that the traditional workplace and nine-to-five hours are dying out in favour of mobile working and the rise of smartphones, tablets and cloud technologies as an extension to the workplace.