Business shaken up by the movers

If you’ve been officebound in recent weeks, perhaps its time to swap your PC for a lap top. Get out and see your clients or contacts, enjoy the last of the summer and join the growing band of professionals in media and other industries that have left the office for work on the move.

Corporate nomads, using mobile communications, are a growing phenomenon according to a new survey from BT Workstyle. The number of these personnel will rise from less than 5% of all flexible workers to more than 17% in the next year, a survey has predicted.

Nearly 40% of the surveyed businesses had staff regularly working across the whole country. Twenty one per cent of company directors and 20% of senior managers describe themselves as flexible workers, with many of them seeing themselves as corporate nomads.

The statistics came out in BT’s survey of flexible working, which covered 260 UK businesses across all sectors from the FTSE 3,000.

“Customers expect deals to be done today, the managing director to be available tonight, if necessary. Senior managers, previously deskbound, now take a pride in being seen as a nomad,” said Neil McLocklin, head of BT’s Workstyle consultancy.

The report also identified an increase in the amount of corporate global travellers, as surveyed companies had staff regularly working across 15 countries – a third more countries than three years ago.

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