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Take a look at the workplace of the future!

The traditional workplace is changing, and quickly. Where workplaces used to be defined by their physical premises, today they are more limited by technology than bricks and mortar.

Hot desks, working hubs, remote log in, mobile devices, cloud computing and paperless offices are just some of the things making it possible to do work from anywhere at any time. The possibilities which flow from this for business are enormous. No longer do we need lots of expensive city space to run a large organisation. Seats can be shared, staff can work from home, and low-cost offshore workers can be engaged virtually.

Also, video conferencing, an array of online collaboration tools and high-speed internet are making virtual collaboration easier and more accessible than ever. Where only five years ago working remotely often involved slow connection speeds, frequent drop-outs and expensive technology now cloud-based computing systems and high-speed connections are making the quality of the virtual working experience as good as the real one.

As the flexibility of working arrangements increases so too does the range of contracting arrangements. No longer are staff just employed to work full time. Whether it be working part time on an hourly rate, being paid on some measure of output or even being engaged as a non-exclusive specialist (who may also even do work for competitors) the range of staffing options are only limited by one’s imagination.

When properly embraced these changes can significantly improve both the speed and efficiency with which work is done without compromising quality. This, of course, can, in turn, result in reduced cost to customers and better overall business outcomes.

Many start-ups are fully embracing these opportunities. Some are setting up with a small or even no central office and are performing nearly all of their services through a distributed workplace bound together by a central technology platform.

As we become more accustomed to working this way, the potential to tap into the significant cost savings from the use of offshore labour becomes more possible. Consider that a staff member in the Philippines is likely to cost less than one fifth of a comparable employee in Australia but be as good and you can start to understand the possibilities.

The workplace as we know it is changing quickly and businesses that choose to embrace this change will grow and prosper.

 

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