The Virtual Workforce Generation

For decades, American households have been accustomed to hearing alarm beeps early in the morning – signaling that it was time to get up and go to work. But all that is about to or has begun to change. With today’s invention of modern technology of laptops, smartphones/PDAs, broadband/Wi-Fi Internet access and advances in communication technologies, there is little need to be in the office every day. According to the Citrix Online-sponsored ‘Web Commuting & the American Workforce’ study, nearly one-quarter of US workers and 41% of small business owners regularly work from home or another offsite location. More than six in 10 of those who do not currently work remotely said they would like to. Moreover, the flexibility offered by working remotely was valued by respondents ahead of stock options and onsite child care. It is estimated that there are about 50 million ‘mobile workers’ in the US. They either have no desk or spend more than 25% of their time outside the office.

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