The Way We Work
January 9, 2014 by Monica Chua

It’s estimated that the world’s mobile worker population will reach 1.3 billion people this year, representing 37.2% of the total workforce. Combine that with the 66% of multinational companies reporting that “talent shortages are likely to affect their bottom line in the next 5 years,” and it’s no wonder that leading businesses are looking into new work and staffing models.

This shift is accelerated by the ever-growing availability of online collaboration tools, with services like GitHub, Dropbox, Google Drive and Evernote allowing people to collaborate anytime, anywhere. Companies are finding efficiencies that didn’t even exist as recently as two years ago—forcing them to ask themselves why their employees spend 2 hours commuting each day, or why they expend so many resources managing facilities in multiple cities.

As a result, a rapidly growing number of businesses are turning to online work, where they can hire the best talent for any project—efficiently building and managing teams that span the US and even the globe. Companies needing to staff larger teams—often for content creation, content moderation, data augmentation, or customer support—can also gain a competitive advantage by being able to ramp up and ramp down quickly.

Whether you’re in engineering, sales, marketing, operations, or customer support, many of your peers and competitors are already leveraging online work to stay ahead of the crowd. To make sure you capitalize on this shift, check out oDesk's new white paper, "The Online Work Revolution," which is full of practical examples about creating and managing a remote workforce. It invites you to take inventory of your existing efforts to see if any of the "types of work being done online" apply to your company, in which case you could see significant benefits from trying online work. You can also read about how leading companies reap the benefits of online work, and learn how to implement online work at your company.

Click here to learn more about "The Online Work Revolution" and to download the white paper!

Monica Chua

Enterprise Marketing

Monica runs Enterprise Marketing at oDesk, empowering business leaders to accomplish more through a flexible, skilled, and on demand workforce. She has also managed Freelancer Marketing at oDesk, focused on programs that improve freelancer performance and success. Monica came to oDesk after several years with PayPal and eBay, where she led marketing initiatives that simplified and improved trust in online commerce. Monica received a Bachelor… read more