By Glenn Mathis, Konica Minolta – The technology industry is buzzing with predictions about what the Workplace of the Future™ will look like. Despite the many discussions, we’re really only on the brink of truly understanding what will make up the workplace. In the past, the concept of work has been focused on units of labor or inputs and outputs. Today, technology is shifting the paradigm of work. You only have to consider the following statistics to realize the idea of work being centered on a physical place is no longer valid: [i]
- 5 billion people are part of a mobile workforce;
- 23% of the workforce does some work remotely;
- 1/3 of the global workforce are freelancers, working remotely;
- By 2020, there will be 5 billion more people on the internet and 25 billion more connected devices.