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the last days of cubicle life?

17 May

i was reading through the latest issue of TIME magazine this morning and i ran across this article and it really affirmed the ideas i continue to run across both in circles at work and in tech blogs and websites. lots of questions come to my mind in terms of what this has to do with me. do we have the tech to make working remotely possible? should we even refer to it as ‘remote’ seeing as we are able see and speak to each other as much (if not more readily) as if we were in the office? i think there is something to all this and i don’t say that in spite of my cube. i like collaborating and being at work when it is meaningful and productive but i have to admit there times when ‘the work’ could be done in my home office without a commute. however, i haven’t been on the job an entire year and perhaps i lack perspective, it is very, very possible that i am unaware of the other work that happens with other people in the office and perhaps they need us all there. i don’t think we are there yet, but i wonder what the first steps would look like? something logical like scheduled days that we work from home? do we have the proper monitoring and/or accountability in place to make this work? like the other parts of technology that the group seems to be embracing, when will the tipping point come? judging from what seth godin says, its going to happen sooner rather than later.

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Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “the last days of cubicle life?

  1. Jeri Cook

    May 19, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Funny-a colleague and I were making a case for working remotely just this morning. Having had the opportunity do so legitimately for two weeks in another position, I can affirm that is is indeed valuable.

    The major issue typically mentioned is accountability. My point is this-if nothing has been done about accountability when foks are at work, what’s the big deal? (I know the big deal.) Simply require work product and move into the 21st century.

    Since being in a cube, my productivity has plummeted 50 %. Yet, my unauthorized official WorkFromHome (WFM) moments yield high productivity and a responsiveness that provides rewarding results.

     
  2. texasbuckeye

    May 19, 2009 at 11:46 am

    jeri – terrific point about accountability, that does seem to be the logical argument and you make an astute observation about that same accountability missing from office life. i had an interesting follow up conversation about this topic yesterday at lunch and we spoke about how the routine would in many cases need to remain the same regarding getting up, showering, etc so that you could get into the work frame of mind. so what is it going to take before we are able to reap the benefits of working remotely. action research? but how can we measure productivity if we don’t know what it looks like in the office?

     

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