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It’s called “cutting the cord.” A decade ago, few understood the phrase. Today, from house phones to cable television, more people are doing it.

But what about in the workplace? Can “cutting the cord” help change the way we work?

“The traditional 9-5 working day of driving to an office, sitting in a cubicle for hours and then forgetting all about work at the end of the day is all but extinct,” BetaNews reports.

“Thanks to telecommuting and the rise of millennials on the workplace, employees are now able to work from pretty much anywhere at any time of day, with little or no disruption or sacrifice in productivity.”

Indeed, a BroadSoft study looking at the “future of work” notes that: “Millennials have grown up with technology at their fingertips, and they are quick to bring their preferences to the workplace. While other demographic groups have been convinced of the merits of a cloud-based delivery model, for Millennials it is a more “natural” choice and solidly in their wheelhouse. It should be no surprise that as they have begun to move into management positions and make business-impacting decisions, cloud adoption is accelerating across organizations of all sizes.”

Indeed, to cut the cord and give workers greater flexibility to manage how and where they get things done, “migrating fixed phone lines to non-geographic numbers via the cloud is often the first step,” reports City AM.

Adds BroadSoft: “Employees are ‘going rogue’ when it comes to what applications and services they are using for business communication and collaboration. Business phones are actually fading in relevance – a new approach beyond ‘just voice’ is clearly needed.”

Besides the immediate efficiency gains, another reason businesses may want to consider cloud communications – it’s not just Millennials who use them. Increasingly, college students and even teenagers – tomorrow’s workforce – are cutting the cord.

In fact, at the University of Washington, a strategy to leverage these communications is picking up speed. As Roland Rivera, director network strategy and telecommunications for the university, told EdTech. "Our goal is to provide these capabilities campus-wide.