The workplace has always been considered as a physical location where employees clock-in, log onto their PC and take a lunch break, before clocking off again. Whether this is an office job with the archetypal 9-5 schedule, or a shift-based role, there used to be a clear distinction between personal and professional lives.
But advances in technology have changed all that. Improvements to mobile connectivity, the rise of cloud-based applications and changing demands and expectations from employees mean the workplace is no longer a location, but a concept.
People now read emails on the commute into the office, take calls on holiday, and work wherever they want in the world. Never has the term ‘out-of-office’ had such little meaning.