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Our Mobile Workforce Is Growing Fast…the Proof Is in the Numbers

Thanks to mobile technology and the Internet, many of the jobs we do today can be done in literally any location. More and more workers do at least part of their job remotely. The IDC predicts that their number in the U.S. will exceed 105 million by 2020.

Looking at how this type of work affects people in terms of job satisfaction, productivity and other areas, we see some statistics worth noting. Some may even surprise you….


According to the New York Times and the Census Bureau, “the typical telecommuter is a 49-year-old college graduate — man or woman — who earns about $58,000 a year and belongs to a company with more than 100 employees…”

Global Workplace Analytics reports on the state of the U.S. workforce and trends in the ways that we do our jobs. Their latest numbers show that 50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks part of the time.

GWA also finds that the number of employees who telecommute grew by 6.5% from 2013 to 2014, a period in which the number of U.S. employees overall grew by 1.8%.

Those who don’t currently work remotely in any way would like to be able to, for the most part. The report states that 80% to 90% of the US workforce would like to telework at least part time. Most of those responding chose two to three days a week as the ideal balance, allowing concentrated work at home as well as collaboration with colleagues.

According to 2015 Mobile Trends in the Workplace survey, of the 200 workers surveyed, 49% of the respondents use mobile devices and 28% use tablets in their work, even though 70 percent of responding employees are not provided with these devices by their employers. So people use their own devices, which they are comfortable using every day, in their work.

Using mobile technology has a positive impact on job satisfaction as well.  This is improved through easy access to company information, according to sixty-two percent of respondents, and 51% said they are more productive when they are able to access that information through a mobile device.

Here’s one of those surprising statistics: of the 200 workers surveyed in the survey, more than 41% indicated they can’t get to company documents and information from their mobile device, and 36% said they had trouble easily accessing company documents outside of the office. This tells us that more people would like to join the mobile workforce, but employers are not facilitating that type of work, in many cases.

We can expect the mobile workforce to continue to swell, as a new, more tech-oriented generation moves into positions of authority and help create the workplace they are most comfortable in, which may be an entirely virtual one. Additionally, the increase in remote work is leading many companies to reconsider their space requirements and opt for flexible office space services, given the fact that many employees spend less than half of their working time at the office.


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