Real Estate Execs See More Firms Going Mobile

November 10, 2008 ( - Some 77% of corporate real estate executives attending a recent Orlando professional conference said they see alternative workplace strategies (AWS) growing over the next 36 months as employers accommodate a mobile and geographically dispersed workforce.

A news release said among those polled while attending the CoreNet Global Summit, 86% reported having an AWS initiative in place. Of those, 40% have had it for five or more years, with another 30% starting in the last two years.

In one out of five companies, more than 30% of total worldwide employees are involved, while in over half of the companies, less than 10% of employees are, according to the news release. Almost half the employees participating are completely mobile and have given up an assigned office.

Respondents said communications technologies are vital to supporting mobile workers who may be moving around inside a corporate campus, working from the road or home. Web conferencing is used by 85% of respondents’ companies, and instant messaging, Voice over IP, and video conferencing are all being used by approximately two-thirds of companies, according to the announcement.

The 7,000-member CoreNet Global represents corporate real estate and workplace executives serving leading multinational companies from the Fortune and Global 1000.