And the future is here
The 5G era will bring unprecedented and transformative opportunities across industries. As a leader in enterprise mobility, T-Mobile for Business experts weigh in on how next-gen networks are accelerating breakthrough innovations.
During this unprecedented time when more people than ever are working from home, the response to the coronavirus has also become a grand socioeconomic experiment.
Developers for major technology firms are learning to cope with overcrowded last-mile connections as they commit code remotely. Finance professionals are installing enterprise networking at home, juggling calls to support lines in corporate IT and private ISPs as they get up and running. Households are learning to balance the shared networking needs of dual working parents coming to grips with teleconferencing and multiple children experiencing distance learning for the first time, under the same roof. As we integrate our home and work lives like never before, connectivity and mobility are proving essential, letting us work and learn wherever and whenever — trends that are likely to define the future of work.
According to a September 2019 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, only a small percentage of U.S. workers — just 2 percent — had telecommuted full-time the previous year (almost 24 percent, according to the BLS, worked at home occasionally). Mostly professionals, ranging from developers and accountants to project managers and writers, this small group has become the vanguard for a much larger transition.
Acting out of caution or in compliance with shelter-in-place orders, 88 percent of HR executives responding to a Gartner survey in March reported encouraging or requiring employees to work from home as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The response to this pandemic represents, according to a McKinsey report released in March, “an imminent restructuring of the global economic order,” rapidly accelerating a nascent transition towards flexible work and telecommuting on a large scale, and in the process reshaping the ways many of us work and live, in unforeseen ways.
“CIOs will have to continue thinking about how to help employees and customers weather the crisis and adapt to new ways of working and engaging with products and services.”
As millions more Americans now work from home, broadband usage has spiked, with major providers reporting data traffic up more than 30 percent since March 1 of this year. ISPs in major municipalities have so far been up to the challenge, with some local slowdowns, but by and large providers have responded by eliminating data caps and raising speeds in order to better serve business customers working from home.