It’s critical in today’s working world to give employees the ability to do their jobs wherever they happen to be and whenever they need to. And, just as importantly, you must provide them with the tools to be collaborative and ultimately more productive and innovative.
Some might call this the future of work. But I believe it’s today’s reality. If your company isn’t on board with these notions then it risks losing a vital competitive edge. Businesses absolutely need to get started down this path by recognizing the importance and value of work that’s done beyond the traditional walls of office buildings and then delivering to their employees the tools to make it happen.
These were among the many streams of advice I offered during an online discussion on Jan. 12, hosted by The Globe and Mail. Among other things, I was asked by an online audience to educate them on how flexible working options might work for them. You can find a transcript of that entire discussion here.
Remote work is a vital part of how we work today at Cisco and it will likewise be an important way for all companies to work in the future. More than 85 per cent of our employees spend some amount of time working remotely. Next-generations of employees want flexibility and the tools to make them productive. Companies that provide it are positioned to attract the best and brightest talent.
As I remarked in a final comment during my online session with the Globe: This change in how we work is a matter of “when” NOT “if.” The longer you wait for the “when,” the further behind you’ll fall.