Home working has become a phenomenon as the benefits of having a virtual workforce are realised by businesses around the globe. According to new figures from WorkSimple, the majority of business leaders at Fortune 500 think that their mobile workforces will increase in size in the coming months and years.
The survey also showed that telecommuting will come to the fore, with 61 per cent of firms offering this as a flexible benefit to their staff in the next three years. But the move towards a mobile workforce isn't something that's just on the horizon for leading firms, many already use the various technologies that make remote working possible - including video conferencing, texting, and instant messaging.
What is more startling is that chief financial officers - who often hold the IT investment purse strings - are equally keen to adopt mobile working practices at their companies. WorkSimple also showed that productivity can be boosted if employees are allowed to work from home, and the majority of end users (68 per cent) feel that the practice is more accepted than it once was.
Recently, Harrods adopted Microsoft SharePoint 2010 as a means of boosting collaboration and remote working among its 8,000 members of staff.