Portable connected devices have become so commonplace that we pretty much take them for granted. Ericsson predicts that by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices worldwide. The corresponding growth in mobility is being reflected in the workforce – IDC research indicates that the global mobile worker population will swell to over 1.3 billion by 2015.
Our jobs are gradually being blended seamlessly into our personal lives. Millennials, who will soon make up 50% of the workforce, say they expect work and life to mesh together completely as part of a growing demand for 24/7 communication and access to information.
These expectations, along with notebooks, smartphones, tablets, and apps that enable us to work on the fly, have motivated businesses to take a fresh look at their telecommuting policies. Satisfied mobile employees and contractors see their jobs not as work, but as an experience.
Technological advances and progressive attitudes towards work grant us greater flexibility to get the most out of our employment experience. Due to increased worker mobility, communication has evolved from a series of static, scheduled, and formal interactions to a dynamic, flexible, cross-platform, multi-format stream.
This evolution has cultivated worker demand for secure and reliable tools that enable them to maintain close contact with colleagues, clients, and partners. They can now use their connected devices for real-time collaboration, face-to-face meetings, and electronic signatures. However, they typically need to use separate solutions that require them to download and install proprietary clients and plugins. In many cases, a lack of admin rights forces them to go through IT departments to get the tools they need.
Though much of the rootless workforce may not yet be (and may never be) aware of it, WebRTC is a major game-changer for today’s mobile worker. This web-based technology enables them to collaborate, participate in meetings, and sign documents (or get signatures) directly through their browsers, without any downloads or installations, on most portable connected devices.
eFace2Face is currently the only real-time online communication and collaboration solution that provides all of this functionality in a complete, secure, easy-to-use application. Not only can people use eFace2Face as mobile workers, they can also use it as customers when engaging with businesses that have also adopted this solution.
As connected as they may be, our work and personal lives remain at a healthy distance from each other. We now have applications that make it easy to shift between these lives at our convenience, offering us the opportunity to boost our productivity while simultaneously granting us more free time.
eFace2Face supports mobile web browsers, offering the same functionality as on PCs and Macs. Native Android and iOS app development is currently underway. Meet company CEO Dave Patten face-to-face to learn more.