A new year always brings with it plenty of predictions for the future. We’re especially interested in what 2016 will hold for our ever-evolving workforce. Jarod Lindzon’s recent piece in Fast Company makes the case that it’s all about forward-thinking, fiercely mobile freelance trends moving into the mainstream. We happen to agree.
Lindzon points specifically to more and more companies designed to be entirely mobile, and more and more businesses relying on independent consultants. These increasingly fluid organizational structures—teams made up of both full-timers and freelancers with members scattered around the world—are certainly what we’re seeing from our customers. Here’s how they describe their work realities:
“My team comprises 60 people working all over the world.”
“I consistently hold group calls between five different cities in China, Europe and North America.”
“I manage a remote team with members everywhere from San Francisco to Bangalore.”
That remote work is the way business is headed makes perfect sense (and comes as no surprise to us). It lets companies hire the best talent more easily and inexpensively and gets workers one step closer to the elusive work-life balance that’s also on Lindzon’s list of predictions for 2016.
But of course, as Lindzon points out, all this remote work requires well-designed, easy-to-use tools in order to be productive. And this seems on point to us, too. In fact, 2016 could just be the year remote teams get the collaboration tools they deserve. Tools that let them communicate however they want (via voice or text, with help from files or photos), work wherever they want (taking a conference call on the train, giving a presentation from the airport lounge) and integrate seamlessly with other tools and devices they use. In short, tools that bring remote teams closer together, no matter where they are.
From where we’re sitting, it looks like that future is off to a great start.