More and more workers are finding themselves working outside of a traditional office environment. In our research on mobile working, one report we found stated that the global mobile worker population is expected to increase from 919.4 million in 2008 to more than 1.19 billion in 2013. With this growth in mobile working it is important to be prepared.
Here are three myths about mobile working:
- There are work hours and play hours. If you are accustomed to going to an office, you experienced an artificial boundary that made you believe you had a home life and office life. In reality you have a life and it’s up to you to determine how to spend it wisely. We all get the same number of hours in the day. You need to determine how you will invest those hours to achieve the results and outcomes that matter to you and to your employer.
- Mobile working means that you are doing what you did in the office – at home. In reality you are working in a completely different environment. You can do laundry and be on a conference call at the same time. New routines and systems must be learned to ensure that you make the most of your new environment.
- Mobile working works well for everyone. There are certain people who are happier and more productive in an office. If you are transitioning to a mobile working environment, assess your work habits, personality and style so you can determine the optimal working situation. Don’t assume that being at home is best.
Redefine your world of work and create a life that works for you.
Note: in 2020 we created a resource for managers to transition their teams to virtual work and also a checklist for remote employees to maximize their efficiency..