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Five reasons smartworking is the future of work



It may be that the daily grind as immortalised by Dolly Parton is dying out. With flexible work hours, working remotely and working from home becoming increasingly popular, working 9 to 5 seems increasingly outdated, while smartworking is on the rise. 

Although over two thirds of job seekers and nearly half of recruiters say in the 2015 Adecco Work Trends Study they have never heard of the term ‘smartworking’, the concept - working from multiple locations on multiple devices - is one that is fast becoming popular. 

Smartworking gives workers and employers flexibility with work hours and workplace. As more and more people have access to smart devices and portable computers, and work becomes increasingly possible to complete remotely, smartworking is likely to become more prevalent. Smartworking may be the future of working life for a number of reasons. 

Co-working is becoming more available. Co-working involves workers using a shared environment while working independently. It is increasingly popular with start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs who struggle to work from home and who enjoy the social benefits of an office environment. Co-working encourages smartworking, as co-workers can come and go as they please, giving them more flexibility to work from home or on the move.

As technology advances, smart devices, laptops and tablets can increasingly be used for work purposes. Wi-Fi is also becoming more readily available for anyone to use in cafes, on public transport and in coworking spaces. This means that the internet, emails and cloud files can be accessed easily in a variety of locations. 

Using multiple devices for work purposes is increasingly becoming the norm, as people have the capability to use whichever device is best suited to the task. They can check their work emails on their smartphones, take their laptops into meetings, and organise their schedules using tablets. 

As the study shows, employees are interested in the idea of smartworking. Over half (55%) of job seekers would like to work from home, while 43% would prefer an office nearer to their homes. 33% would like to work in a coworking space, and 30% would like to work while on the move.

Increased freedom to manage ones time and workload is a particularly attractive aspect of smartworking. Participants in the study stated they were more open to experimenting with work flexibility and working in more innovative spaces if they already had experience with smartworking concepts. Job seekers in particular liked the possibility to organize work time independently.

Flexibility in work hours and independence in organising work means that a better work-life balance can be struck, while less time spent commuting gives people more free time, as well as saving money on transport costs. 

83% of recruiters feel that the advantages of smartworking outweigh the disadvantages for workers, while 69% feel that smartworking is also advantageous for employers. 74% feel that smartworking could increase the effectiveness of matching supply and demand in the job market, as workers are free to work flexible hours to suit themselves and their employer’s needs. 

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2015 - Work Trends Study

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2014 - Global Social Recruiting Study

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