Top Remote Work Trends to Watch for in 2011

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Driven by improvements in technology, particularly an explosion in the availability in mobile technology, and increased access to broadband, the world of work is changing rapidly. In early December, we held our inaugural Net:Work conference at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco, where we discussed the future of work in a highly mobile, post-broadband world.

In my latest post for GigaOM Pro (sub. req’d), I outline the top trends in remote work discussed at Net:Work that you should be watching out for in 2011:

  • Solving the trust issue
  • An increasingly mobile workforce, operating entirely in the cloud
  • “Office hours” becoming less relevant
  • Increased integration between collaboration and communication tools
  • Coworking “crossing the chasm”
  • High quality video everywhere
  • Consumerization of IT

For full details of each of these trends, and the impacts that they’re likely to have on the remote working landscape, read the full post over on GigaOM Pro (sub. req.).

Photo courtesy Flickr user cogdogblog,

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Wow… you’ve mentioned it all here and I agree with you 100%. I think that the term ‘office hours’ will just be some old thought hanging at the back of your head these days. Anytime is work time – that’s what the future of work is. So long as you submit things on time, I guess, you’re free to work on a project any time you want. For the trust issue, that is something big and whoever addressed it properly is like this person getting a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Cheers!

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