Working from “anywhere” has become commonplace in the business world these days. According to the 2010 US Census, almost 10% of US workers work from home at least one day a week, and 6.6% of the population now works exclusively from home. For years now, traveling for business has meant staying connected throughout the journey, via increasingly sophisticated mobile devices.
This flexibility of working locations is made possible in part because of cloud computing and virtual desktops, which allow people to literally work from anywhere that they can find a signal. Increasingly, people are discovering the life-giving freedom that comes with blurring the boundaries of “workplace.”
For example, the Black Fire in Colorado Springs last month displaced 38,000 people from their homes—and this news article didn’t even bother to list the number of businesses affected. While this fire certainly caused major upheaval in the personal lives of those concerned, the fact is that 6.6% of those people (over 2500) were also separated from their place of work. However, any of those whose places of employment provided a virtual desktop workplace scenario could go to a local library or borrow a friend or family member’s computer and still be able to work—thus escaping, at least for some portion of their days, the stress of dealing with the fire.
There are other, less painful, scenarios in which a virtual desktop can provide needed work flexibility. For employees with children who are on vacation for the summer, or elderly family members who cannot care for themselves, the ability to work from home when caregivers are not available is the best of both worlds. Employees who travel for work might actually take their families with them this summer and leave them lounging by the water while they do a few hours of online work in the quiet privacy of a hotel room or lakeside cottage.
Virtual desktops can do much more for companies than just remove the expense of regular upgrades of expensive desktop machines. They can allow employees to remain connected and productive in a variety of real world situations, so contact us today to learn more about transitioning your company’s computer power to the cloud.