Yahoo says no to home office – What do you think poll
Technology has rapidly changed the places we do work, we can access almost everything in the cloud now, we don’t need to be ‘hard connected’ to our corporate networks to do our jobs. But is it the right thing to do?
Yahoo recently announced with some uproar from their employees that all home working employees must return to the office, it has also got some negative coverage in the media – Emma G Keller of The Guardian as one example. Quoting that home office working has increased by 69% between 2000 and 2010. So is the view of home office working the guy watching TV?
Home working can have huge positive impacts on our carbon emissions, less commuting, less office space required as well as greater connection to community and family. But it can also be hugely distracting, with three kids it’s hard to concentrate at the best of times!
So, in a very quick straw pole last night at a work function I found its not necessarily home working that we are doing now, people liked to work from cafes, libraries, parks all sorts of places. There was the statement back in 1985 that we would soon have our office in our pocket. The statement was being made about being able to just talk on a mobile phone, without knowing how true the statement would become. We can now talk, check emails, connected to our work networks from almost anywhere – subject to data coverage!
I think technology has moved us beyond the home working debate, we can now and do work from anywhere. I’m writing this post on a train into north sydney for a meeting in a cafe, before going to the office but I will be ‘connected to the office’ the whole time.
The lines of office and non office working are starting to blur and this could have a huge impact on our built environment. Maybe our office buildings need to be more than offices and cater to the variety of spaces we want to work in! Maybe we wont be building any more ‘single use’ buildings?
So what do you think?