Businesses are being urged to adopt an “automated” strategy to save time, as part of a push to cut staff.
More than half of all employees are expected to be working from a smartphone, while more than half are expected by 2020 to work from a tablet or computer.
The new Digital Economy Strategy, published by the World Economic Forum, warns that working from computers and mobile devices can “increase workload and lead to wasted and unproductive time”.
The initiative comes at a time when firms are increasingly relying on technology to reduce employee turnover and save on costs.
A new survey by Deloitte found that 77 per cent of employers have started to implement a digital strategy.
“The trend towards automation and a leaner workforce is happening in the business world and the shift towards an automated workforce will not only reduce staff but also save on labour costs,” the organisation said.
Deloitte also said that it expects that more than a third of employers will be working on their own by 2020.
It says that by 2020, 55 per cent will be doing so, while another 18 per cent are expected over the same period to do so.
As the trend towards automated labour continues, companies will be forced to find new ways to save on staff.
“The digital economy strategy is a step in the right direction but will be needed to ensure the company stays relevant and successful in the digital world,” Deloittes chief financial officer Mark Jansson said.
“A lot of people don’t realise that many businesses are facing challenges of having a lean workforce.”
The digital world The Digital Economy Strategies aim to ensure that firms stay relevant by reducing the number of employees, reducing the amount of time employees spend on tasks and improving their efficiency.
Companies are expected be more likely to invest in research and development, as well as better training for staff.
The initiative aims to help firms keep pace with technology, as it aims to cut waste, boost productivity and increase efficiency.
It also aims to protect the environment and ensure that the environment remains safe.
Employers are also expected to adopt digital tools to reduce waste and save money, which will make it easier to track employee hours.
“Employers can use data to improve productivity and reduce waste in the workplace,” the Digital Economy Solutions Alliance’s Mark McGovern said.