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January 21, 2010: 10:00 AM ET

Forget "work from home" – today's mobile employee works from anywhere (and everywhere!)

By Bruce Chatterley, CEO, Speakeasy

Chatterley: We want all our work apps, including voice, while on the road. Photo: Speakeasy.

It isn't exactly a news flash that the workforce of today spends increasingly more time away from the traditional office building.  But these employees aren't just telecommuting.

No longer tethered to their desks, employees now move freely between work, home and anywhere else. And they expect that they can do their work on the go without sacrificing the benefits of in-office technology. Beyond the work-from-home movement, this pattern is what we call the work-from-anywhere phenomenon.

Forrester Research recently conducted a study on the telecommuting workforce, noting two thirds of information workers (or what Forrester calls 'iWorkers') want more flexibility in their work hours.  Consequently, 11% of the Forrester survey respondents reported they have a smartphone from work, while 33 % reported using their own device to work remotely. And they're using their devices everywhere — 81% from home, 62% while traveling, and 64% at work. More

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