Departing the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have come to realize there are few if any domains where knowledge workers cannot go about their job; as in, the exponential development of information and communication technologies (ICT) is driving new hybrid work practices, greater mobility, and remote occupation. In the future, we will be “mobile in the moment” – the office is wherever we set up our connected device. As a result, the number of digital nomads – individuals who leverage telecommunication technologies to perform their work duties elsewhere than a cubicle, and generally conduct a more locally ephemeral lifestyle – is growing. Firstly, this tampers with occupancy rates in office spaces: they fall, and thus pose a facility and investment challenge. Secondly, there is a leadership challenge in building, managing, and motivating efficient asynchronous teams remotely. The workplace is no longer just a place to perform a work task, but rather, needs to be viewed as a strategic asset that drives the core elements of the company’s brand, culture, business strategy, and value proposition.
Mobile in the moment
New organisations of work