The deskbound office worker is becoming an endangered species, a new business survey has found.
More than a third of Australian professionals now spend half or more of their working week outside the office, according to the 2013 Regus Global Economic Indicator.
And, it found, 64 per cent of Australian business leaders now manage staff who work away from the office at least some of the time they're on the clock.
"The days of the Monday to Friday office as home to the majority of professionals are numbered," Country Head of Regus Australia Jacqueline Lehmann said.
Ms Lehmann said that while Australia still trails America and the United Kingdom for remote workers, the trend is gaining traction.
"Trust and freedom play a key role in remote management and, once these are in place, the benefits are clear for all to see," she said.
"Greater productivity, improved staff retention and lower operating costs."
New technologies such as the data cloud and mobile phone apps have stretched the cubicle walls for the digital era, she said.
Video communication also helps keep managers and remote workers in touch, with 45 per cent of those surveyed using it to stay connected.
The Indicator is a survey of over 26,000 business managers worldwide, including 680 respondents in Australia.