According to the IDC report, by 2015, the world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion, representing 37.2% of the total workforce. Mobile workers, virtual workers, freelancers, independent contractors, and other terms have been used to describe those of us who more or less works anytime, anywhere. And this type of work is becoming a new norm around the world, so the growth of mobile workers is likely to continue.
Such workers often work from multiple locations, use at least three devices. To enable the employees basically carry their work in their pockets, mobile devices today are powered by multitude of applications.
Some of the applications help us track time, others are good at managing documents, yet others are great for planning work projects. These developments have made it possible for mobile workers to really work from anywhere, even from the places without internet connectivity.
Of course, working anywhere and anytime creates its own serious challenges for mobile worker population around the world. We will get to those in the later blog posts. Yet, these challenges are clearly outweighed by the benefits that we get from the flexibility.
PwC’s NextGen: A global generational study reveals that enhancing workplace flexibility and equity between work and home is one of the keys to improving job satisfaction among Millennials. Thus, the predictions of the IDC report will most likely turn out to be true and by 2015 more than 1/3 of the world’s workforce will fit the mobile worker category.