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Published On: Wed, Apr 12th, 2017

Three Ways Fast Internet Speeds Have Changed How We Work Forever

With the arrival of 3G and 4G mobile internet, along with fast wireless broadband, thanks to things like fibre optic technology, the ways in which we work have slowly shifted. Things that are now the norm were unheard of or quite difficult to do just over a decade ago or were simply emerging technologies or ideas that only savvy early adopters were taking advantage of.

Here, we look at three ways that the fast internet speeds we now consider normal and pretty much essential have changed how we work, and even our very concept of what some jobs involve.

Home, Remote and Flexible Working

One of the biggest and most impactful changes brought on by the high-speed internet age is the rise in home working. While it used to be possible for some people to work remotely on the odd occasion, now a huge number of jobs can be done by people who seldom set foot in the office, and for some roles it is even possible to employ someone far away who never needs to actually come to your place of business. This has done more than simply allow people to achieve a better work-life balance. It has made it possible for people to start businesses and employ people without having to even have an office. It has helped reduce traffic and congestion on public transport, in turn benefiting the environment. It has made working life far more accessible for the parents of young children. It has even meant that businesses can hire from a larger talent pool and get the very best staff, rather than being limited to those willing to work in a given location. This is all down to the fact we can connect using fast, reliable internet.

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The Rise of SaaS

In the past, the systems needed by offices and businesses were desktop applications that had to be installed and licensed on every machine. Thanks to faster internet, there has been a real shift towards cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) systems that users with accounts can access from any web-enabled device. This helps with IT management, enables remote working, and assists in online collaboration, so much so that now many industry standard systems, such as the XCD HR human resources solution, are provided as SaaS products.

Offshoring

Love it or hate it, the concept of hiring teams in other countries where living costs may be lower – known as offshoring – is another change that was made possible by reliable, speedy internet services. It is possible for people in different international locations to work together effectively and with real-time communication, which makes it much easier for businesses to have teams all over the world and still remain completely aware of what is happening on each of their sites.

These three are just some of the major shifts in how businesses operate and workers do their jobs that have come about thanks to modern high-speed broadband.

Author: Joao Pedro

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