Nearly a third (28 percent) of Singapore organisations have already fully adopted mobile workstyles, compared to the global average of 24 percent, and in Asia Pacific, 21 percent, says the Workplace of the Future report released by Citrix today. Additionally, a majority (88 percent) of organisations in Singapore plan to support a flexible workplace by 2014, which corresponds to the global average of 83 percent.
According to Citrix, globalisation, economic uncertainty and the consumerisation of IT are fundamentally changing the way businesses manage and operate. Yaj Malik, area vice president, ASEAN of Citrix, said: “Organisations are encouraging people to operate effectively outside of the traditional workplace on their own personal devices to improve the bottom line -- by making the organisation more responsive, improving productivity and reducing the cost of real estate and device management."
He added: "The technology to enable the workplace of the future is already available and proven. A majority (89 percent) of the organisations in Singapore understand that there is technology available today to make secured remote access within and out of the office."
However, only a quarter of these organisations have the technical capability to support mobile workstyles for the entire organisation. Yaj suggested that with proper education and awareness of mobile workstyles and the technical capabilities needed to support mobile workstyles, organisations will be better prepared to empower the workforce of the future and reap the benefits.
Based on a poll of 1,900 senior IT decision-makers across 19 countries, the study projected that by 2020, organisations around the world are set to reduce office space by almost a fifth (17 percent). In Singapore, the workplace of the future is predicted to provide just six desks for every 10 workers by 2020, one of the lowest ratios globally. Singapore compares favourably against other developed economies in Asia Pacific as projected desk-to-worker ratios in 2020 for Japan stands at eight, and South Korea, seven.
The Citrix Workplace of the Future report shows that globally, a third of employees (29 percent) will no longer work from the traditional office. Instead employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations including the home (64 percent), field and project sites (60 percent), and customer or partner premises (50 percent).
The trend towards fewer office-based employees -- who use multiple computing devices to access corporate applications, data and services from a range of locations outside of the traditional office -- is part of a global trend called mobile workstyles.
Mobile workstyles have also been adopted widely and rapidly in Singapore, with 40 percent of organisations eager to continue expanding their mobile workstyles program. The following are some of the reasons why businesses in Singapore are in favor of mobile workstyles:
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