Work is now taking on a different direction with companies becoming more flexible with their employees and business operations. Many business owners are allowing work-from-home arrangements and are utilizing the cloud to allow further mobility for their employees. Cloud computing has changed the way people do work and it has directly affected their work and life balance.
Time is the most valuable asset of any working employee and it is a perennial concern that there are so many things to do but so little time. Cloud computing has allowed users to have more time for other activities other than work. This is because the cloud can be accessed anywhere and it gives employees the option to work in the office or at home. With more time in their hands, employees have the option to use their time either for work or for some down time with family and friends. They can schedule and plan their day better since they can allot specific hours when they need to work even if they’re not in the office.
Cloud computing took telecommuting to a whole new level. It made work easier and more mobile for a lot of employees since all the necessary data needed by users are available 24/7 in the Web. This means that they can work in a coffee shop, in the airport, or in the comfort of their own bedroom. In addition, they can access it via any internet-connected device may it be a smart phone or tablet. This kind of mobility is only possible through cloud computing.
On the flipside, cloud computing has also increased the stress level of a lot of employees. The temptation to finish everything and work wherever they are as long as there is Wi-Fi has been taking its toll on cloud users. Employers also tend to demand more from their employees who can access the cloud since they are more flexible and thus can provide the deliverable at any given time.
The convenience the cloud computing provides is also coupled with increasing responsibilities. Given that an employee is very mobile he can do a lot of things other than the work that involves the cloud, his workload suddenly frees up in the eyes of his boss. Since users have more spare time and they are able to choose how to use their time better, they are given more responsibilities at work that has nothing to do with the use of the cloud. Employers give other non-cloud tasks since their employees can use the cloud to work at home or practically anywhere.
The cloud provided more flexibility to the otherwise structured and traditional working environments we have. It provides a variety of choices in deciding when, how, and where to work. It redefines what office space looks like and where it is found. When the use of the cloud is managed wisely, you can save a lot of time, effort, and even money—since you’ll be telecommuting most of the time. Part of the flexibility it offers is that you can set meetings outside the office since you can pull up all the necessary data from the internet during the meeting.
Cloud computing is probably one of the best things that technology has offered to the world of business. It made data storage more accessible to everyone at any given place and time. It allows people to be free from the eight-hour daily office work and gives them the opportunity to choose where they want to work and when. However, cloud users also face the risk of overworking due to the flexibility that it provides. Instead of capitalizing the cloud to one’s advantage, it becomes a monster that enslaves them to work more and more. Ultimately, there should be a balance in the use of the cloud. After all, it was created to make things easier and simpler for you and not more complicated.Image Courtesy :
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