This change is more than a passing trend and could very well be the norm in the not-so-distant future.

Jean Khoo  |  Singapore
Published 2015-10-15 11:31:50

Over recent years there have been significant changes in the way our work is done. The advancement of technology, the online tools we work with, as well as the diverse and flexible working culture from modern companies have a role in this.

Simply put, nowadays people work from anywhere and everywhere—and for most entrepreneurs, at any time. Often times we’ll find ourselves drawn to take work along with us out of the office.

Remember the time you answered work emails whilst at the restaurant with your loved one for your usual Friday date night? How about when you packed your laptop and rushed to a nearby café to complete an important report because the Wi-Fi at office failed you yet again? Or that other time when you took a day off from work for a personal matter but can’t keep your hands off ‘work’ since it practically lives in your phone?

If you recognise yourself in any of these scenarios, you could be one of the many Malaysians with an ever-changing work habit.

70% Of Us Are Obsessed With Working On-The-Go

Image Credit: http://guiamapeando.com.br
Image Credit: http://guiamapeando.com.br

According to the recent online survey conducted by Logitech Malaysia, which polled more than 400 respondents through a series of questions in regards to the ways in which they work, the results showed that 70% of Malaysians have worked from places other than the office.

The result also showed that more than 30% of respondents are guilty of working on-the-go. At the same time, 31% of respondents have either worked in the car or on public transport during their daily commute. Logitech Malaysia also found out that 54% of those polled preferred to speedily scan through documents as opposed to more precise line-by-line reading. 

The research noted in its official document that we as a nation are busier than ever, although it’s good to note that the level of productivity is higher. This is one of the reasons on-demand services like Foodpanda, Be Malas, HelprNeonRunner prosper. Busy people value their time, thus the demand for convenience is increasing.

Image Credit: http://www.entrepreneur.com.ph
Image Credit: http://www.entrepreneur.com.ph

When people are focused too much on getting work done, they don’t mind letting someone else—a total stranger, albeit a dependable one—manage other trivial aspects of their life. By trivial, I mean jobs that could be done by someone else so that their attention will not be diverted, such as buying lunch, or getting their laundry, or making sure a parcel is delivered.

Furthermore, when it came to technology and modern gadgets, a whopping 75% of respondents chose durability over size, which means most people did not mind carrying larger devices with them as long as it meant that they could work efficiently. In addition, a majority of the respondents mentioned they worked on up to 3 or more devices at a time.

Image Credit: http://www.lifehack.org
Image Credit: http://www.lifehack.org

Many years ago, work required stepping into an office and meetings would have likely held within the confines of a board room. Nowadays one could set up a workstation easily or organise a meeting virtually from anywhere.

We are able to multitask and complete several projects and errands at the same time with the sophistication and advancements of technology, high speed internet, and with the startups that offer a lending hand. At this rate, the current working styles that we have will no longer be just a passing trend, but instead it will continue to grow into the norm and becomes a lifestyle that is expected of any young working adult.

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