|The "office" at Dejavu Cafe,|
Queen Street, Haverhill
Any time, any place, anywhere
Scenario: Imagine if you walked into local cafe for an espresso. Your phablet rings, your boss is on the phone. He/She is looking for the updated work file. You open your docs on your phone and click the share file button and your work from earlier in the day reaches his desktop. A few minutes later the file arrives back with comments and updates. The proposal is approved. You digitally sign the document and forward it to the clients. A few moments later you have confirmation it has been received. At that point your espresso arrives. A few minutes later and your phablet informs you have a signed document from your client returned. You then are able to finish your coffee. An email to the suppliers and another day's work has been done.
Walking back to the supermarket you spot the newly opened greengrocer. If you had been driving you would not have had the time to stop and browse. In your browsing of the shop, the local seasonal produce is explained and examined. The freshness is checked. A neighbour walks in you, discuss the parking problem associated with the commuters who park their cars in your road as they catch the bus to Cambridge. Suitably satisfied that you both find it an imposition, especially on the rare occasions you have to have a hire car for work and cannot park it outside your house, you smile and part company. Assuring each other that you will monitor the situation you have discussed. You prepare to walk home. On the way you pick up the youngster from the playgroup. They spend some minutes tiring themselves out in the local playground. You spend your time watching, assured in the knowledge that as usual it is a safe place. Safe because you live in your own community, as opposed to sleep there at night before you travel to another town over an hour away.
A modern fable? Hopefully, a reality as 2013 progresses. The cost effectiveness and effect on work-life balance of travelling to a central location to work with colleagues will be one of the major dilemmas most individuals and businesses will contemplate in 2013. It is already happening!
The Olympics probably produced the biggest Telework story of the year, with a contribution from the Telework Association. The UK government aware that the infrastructure of London may not be able to cope with both workers and visitors suggested people work from home. A necessity not a choice. The success of the advice has yet to be officially quantified but the retail industry did complain of down turn during the Olympics which suggests people either took holidays or worked from home. Either way there were suggestions of a reduced footfall in London.
Councils have already started to look at BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) solutions http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20539715. Soon they may be advocating workers also Telework for part of the week.
Will be adding more to the Telework Resources page on Haverhill Online Learning Community . May your work life balance be suitably adjusted in 2013!