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The Future of Work

THE DEFINITION OF A GOOD JOB

I’ve always found it peculiar that time and productivity have so often been considered the same thing when it comes to output at work.

In the past, these two things were easier to mash together as people collectively went to the same place of work, were expected to be there during set hours and critically, weren’t able to access the tools of work outside of that physical building.

However, the world has changed, and we should remember that the principal aim of working should always be to fulfil on a task based on its relative urgency. How, or indeed where, an individual or team gets to that goal should be largely irrelevant.

 

Now more so than ever.

WORK HAS CHANGED

Technology and online communication tools mean that delivering output at work is no longer restricted to a specific location at a set time.

Coupled with transport links, this means that we are able to be more mobile than ever so that even the smallest business can extend its stakeholder reach globally.

And, the need for flexibility to balance work and life is ever increasing, with the latest government statistics suggesting nearly 60% of UK households have all adult residents in employment.

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As a result, working remotely or telecommuting is growing rapidly with 50% of the workforce expected to work remotely by 2020 and Powwownow’s research showing the workforce prioritising this in their employment decision making process.

Mark Greenaway, director of emerging business, EMEA, at Adobe, makes the case for increased productivity:

“Remote working is one of the most revolutionary business trends of recent years, and has given rise to a host of technologies that provide a more intuitive working experience, improve employee productivity and unshackle people from the office.”

Furthermore, the removal of these traditional work barriers makes it easier for individuals to pursue different careers and ambitions, creating broader access to self-employment for everybody.

In spite of these changes, there are two major constants: people need somewhere to work, and they need a level of human interaction - access to a community – to be able to operate effectively.

SO WHAT OPTIONS DO YOU HAVE AWAY FROM THE OFFICE?

1         You can work from home

Super cheap and zero commute, but:

·     Can you stay focused with all those potential distractions?

·     Can you retain a distinction between work and life?

·     Can you cope with the isolation?

·     Does your home lend itself to being your office?

·     Does it really work for hosting client meetings?

 

2         You can sit in chain coffee shops

No charge to use, and everywhere, but: 

·     Are they happy for you to sit for long periods and work?

·     Can you plug in, stay connected?

·     Can you find a suitable table to work from?

·     Can you deal with the noise and disruption?

·     Are you any less lonely than at home?

 

More formal solutions, temporary office space and bespoke co-working sites for example, all come with a price tag and mobility limitations that begin to erode the benefits and accessibility of remote working.

WHAT DOES THE IDEAL REMOTE WORK SOLUTION LOOK LIKE?

 

There is a basic set of remote working needs that facilitate the positive aspects of flexibility and productivity and remove the negative elements of isolation, blurring the lines with life and cost.

 

1.    A wealth of choice when it comes to working environment and location

2.    The basic tools to work remotely – power, connectivity, nourishment and privacy – within these environments

3.    A low-cost solution that removes the prohibitive cost barrier to using external work space

4.    A mobile community of like-minded souls that addresses isolation and provides access to new relationships and support

5.    An accessible solution that can be complimentary to a permanent office base without piling on unmanageable cost

A NEW WAY OF (WORK) LIFE

Remote work is the future and larger organisations will need to embrace it to be effective, as smaller ones have out of necessity. Hiring and retaining the best people and continuing to be innovative and productive in today’s 24/7 ‘on’ culture will be predicated on getting this strategy right.

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