Walk into any coffee shop and you will likely see a few people gazing intently into the dimly-lit glow of their laptops or tablets. Chances are good that these people are actually earning a paycheck, and doing so without ever stepping into an office. This is often referred to as “working remotely,” or telecommuting, and practically every sector of the working world is taking advantage.
Working remotely, however, usually isn’t as simple as merely working outside of the office. In fact, it takes a lot of collaboration between workplace and worker to operate smoothly. This collaboration is usually facilitated by the use of specialized software that connects the worker to critical programs, documents, and information, vital to the operation of a particular business or company.
While the benefits of working remotely are fairly obvious, what spurred the sudden growth of telecommuting? Let’s dive deeper into the subject below.
The Growth of Mobile Technology
Naturally, working remotely requires an advanced knowledge in the implementation and use of mobile technology, which subsequently has grown exponentially as a result of increased telecommuting. Mobile technology envelopes a diverse spectrum of different communication mediums including VPN’s, mobile “apps” (applications), and web-based programs that act as a middleman between the workplace and the worker. Ultimately, the most important factor is communication. Thanks to advances in mobile technology, communication isn’t limited to a face-to-face communication. Nowadays a worker can communicate with his or her manager via email, phone, instant messaging (IM), and video calls through programs like Skype. Even Facebook has a chat/call feature!
The Benefits of Telecommuting Reach Far and Wide
Practically every industry of the business community has incorporated some type of telecommuting into their day-to-day operations. A few of the biggest industries adopting mobile technology and telecommuting include home care, nursing, social work, and education. Home care software providers have changed the way modern home care operates by allowing workers to clock-in, check/change scheduling, and manage hours remotely. There are many free and paid programs that cater solely to the telecommuting community. These programs include everything from interactive message boards and chat programs, to clock-in programs that track employee hours. Some companies will even hire developers to create custom telecommuting programs specific to them.
Software Companies are Seizing the Opportunity
As more people feel comfortable living with the constant ability to stay connected, more industries will be tasked with developing software that lets them do more than just keep up with friends or text. They will need to find ways that allow people to do just about anything whenever they need or want to, and from anywhere too.