Try to imagine a business without an office. A business where everyone works remotely, on mobiles, tablets and laptops, whenever and wherever they choose. There are no desks, no water cooler conversations, no office politics.

For those organisations still very much tied to the physical workplace, it might seem like an impossible future. But for others, it's closer than you might think. More and more employees are now working remotely, as new and innovative technologies allow them to interact with colleagues and clients from anywhere in the world. According to business insight firm International Data Corporation (IDC), which specialises in technology, 1.3 billion people will work remotely using mobile technology by 2015. That's 37.2% of the entire workforce.

And it seems to be paying off. Companies that allow their staff to work from home, from their car, a business centre or even a café are reporting boosts in productivity from a more motivated workforce enjoying a better work/life balance.

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