“Deskless” workers are finally getting their day in the sun
The past two years have seen office workers showered with tools to help maximize their productivity while working remotely. But very little of that bounty has helped the estimated 80% of global workers who don’t sit behind a desk.
Most hourly and shift workers rarely use computers, a fact that can leave them isolated from each other and out of touch with goings-on at the company. Until recently, investors have shown little interest in helping them. Venture capital firm Emergence has estimated that only about 1% of software venture funding goes to technology aimed at deskless workers. A survey the firm conducted at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic found that 65% of deskless workers said they have not been provided with any additional technology to complete their jobs, and 60% were unsatisfied with their work.