Work 3.0: Is smart business in the cloud now reality?


In July of 2012, Mitel released “Work 3.0 – The Next generation business model for smarter businesses”; a comprehensive research study of attitudes evaluating the current work and office climate. More importantly, Work 3.0 outlines the revolutionary changes we can expect to see in our work lives—specifically our offices, culture and teamwork. A UK based company, Mitel, boasts a globally connected workforce and aims to simplify “complex communications and keeps businesses in step with the pace of change.” Their solutions make it easier to connect and collaborate, “while reducing costs and implementation headaches.”

Operating in over 90 countries with 1,600 partners and serving 100,000 global customers, not only is Mitel a remote work cloud computing expert, they have a unique and keen interest in building the dynamic global businesses of tomorrow. In essence, the Work 3.0 is coming for us all. In the not too far future advances in technology, independent working and modifications to our physical work spaces will fully transform the Western working world. The end result? The Human Cloud.

What’s that?

I’m glad you asked. Mitel explains the Human Cloud as a natural product of the intersection of BYOD trends, large-scale virtualization and unified communications that enable workers to complete their jobs in the absence of a centralized physical space. In the human cloud, companies can migrate their office space online and allow employees to connect to their VPN giving them access to every document, tool, app, phones, and voicemail the company hosts—and they can do it at anytime. Whoa! Are we even ready for that? Looking around at the technically-challenged-change-resisters in your own office might make you say no; but the world is saying yes to Work 3.0.

Work 3.0 is already happening

In the UK alone 81% of workers using smart phones and tablets and accessing their work through cloud computing are now looking for ways to deconstruct their traditional work arrangements. That is, no more 9-5, no more commutes from the English countryside to central London, and most of all no cubicles. And if the technology is there to permit virtual work and collaboration in an environment where employees have access to all of the tools and resources online (sorry records department), then why not? And don’t bother resisting; the number of people seeking alternative work arrangements shoots up to 87% for younger adults. Eventually, this thing is happening.

There’s something in it for everyone

Once in a while we find a solution that is ideal for everyone and this is one of those times. Through cloud computing and the Human Cloud model, businesses can expect to make significant gains in productivity by employing a keen (and grateful) team who aren’t exhausted from hours of commuting and hermetically sealed air. Expensive office space complete with all the trimmings is a thing of the past. Employers will, of course, have to supply their employees with the tech tools and office supplies required to adequately complete their jobs but expensive rent, an impressive lobby and decked out board rooms are quickly becoming a waste of money under Work 3.0.

For employees, you get your life back. All employers will be different but by and large, you will be able to work where you want, when you want so long as you meet your goals and productivity requirements. Your Human Cloud will be a rich mixture of smart, savvy, self-motivated pros from all around the world. You’ll save precious time and money that would have gone into your commute, all ending with immense measures of productivity and job satisfaction.

Why aren’t we practicing Work 3.0 already?