First....'new' is probably not the best choice of words here to describe this growing force of workers. As author Jim Collins has noted in his amazing book Good to Great, everyone gets excited when the chick hatches from the egg proclaiming it the 'new' thing whereas in reality it was it the works for quite some time. So it is with this new mobile workforce. Remote workers have actually been around for decades in various types professions. These telecommuting individuals apply to anyone who works outside the office full or part-time such as: sales reps and managers, brokers and realtors, CPAs, programmers, creatives, bloggers, and so on and so forth. The International Data Corporation, IDC has determined that “the U.S. mobile worker population will grow at a steady rate over the next five years, increasing from 96.2 million in 2015 to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020. The "mobile workforce of the future will work in a virtual computing environment which is not location dependent,” according to Landmark Technologies.
That said, why is it getting so much attention now? Well, because the growth rate and scale of it can no longer be ignored. There hasn't been a shift in how we work so significant since the industrial revolution. Many of us are working mobile without even realizing it. For example, just by simply checking your email or social feeds that are related to your work while standing in line at the bank or Starbucks, you have essentially just 'telecommuted' and worked 'remote'. Still not convinced? The next time you visit your favorite coffee shop for your daily jolt, have a look around. Chances are you will find many people working away tapping on their smart phones, tablets, and laptops.
So tell us...where, when, and how are you working?