The Future of Work Is Anytime, Anywhere Connectivity
It’s a given that technology changes the way we work. Today, with many companies adopting an increasingly decentralized workforce, it’s essential to keep the entire enterprise reliably connected. By 2027, more than half of U.S. workers will be contract workers, who are often remote or freelance.1 In fact, over one-third of employees could be working remotely within ten years.2
A more flexible workforce requires more flexible technology solutions. From cars and wearables to workforce training and field support, here’s everything you need to know about how the connected enterprise is establishing the future of work.
More Data, More Platforms, More Connections
Computers, phones, tablets, wearables and IoT devices now create the need for exponentially more data than at any previous point in human history. Sharing that data – and separating the signal from the noise – requires an infrastructure capable of managing all these devices and connections.
Employees no longer need to be tethered to a desk or a conference line. They’re increasingly exercising more choice in their preferred communications platforms and devices. A dependable wireless connection is therefore key to connecting to work from any remote access point, whether it’s a smartphone, wearable device or smart car.
Collaboration, Productivity & Support
The connected enterprise means individuals and teams can:
- Collaborate and support each other better than ever.
- Find and share information easily, going beyond a simple screen share to work together in real time.
- Start a project at the office and pick it back up on a work-from-home day or when you’re out in the field.
- Do it all from the devices and platforms of your choice.
The high volume of data generated by all these connected processes and devices is powering analytically driven insights. Which processes are most productive, and which can be improved? What are peak engagement hours, and when can you come up for air? The answers are probably just a push notification away.
Connected enterprise technology is making it easier to start a new job, too. Businesses in a variety of sectors are helping employees learn new skills and processes by training in augmented and virtual reality. The highly visual, interactive format can be much more effective than traditional text- or video-based approaches – being able to see equipment and products in 3D brings them to life more than a flat image, and it means training can take place wherever employees happen to be located.
And if you need help with any of this technology, the days of a technical glitch knocking your day off track are over. Increased connectivity and mobile device management means IT staff can resolve issues quickly to get you back to the task at hand.
The shift to a connected enterprise ultimately empowers workers to have a flexible, fulfilling work style without sacrificing productivity or collaboration. U.S. Cellular® has you covered with the devices and connections you need both now and in the future.
- Edelman Intelligence, 2017. “Freelancing in America: 2017.” Available at https://www.slideshare.net/upwork/freelancing-in-america-2017/1
- Upwork, 2018. “Future Workforce Report.” Available at https://www.upwork.com/i/future-workforce/fw/2018/