In his recent post Goodbye to the office, Seth Godin list a lot of good reasons for working virtually, remotely, or whatever you want to call that. He summarizes:
“If we were starting this whole office thing today, it’s inconceivable we’d pay the rent/time/commuting cost to get what we get. I think in ten years the TV show ‘the Office’ will be seen as a quaint antique.
When you need to have a meeting, have a meeting. When you need to collaborate, collaborate. The rest of the time, do the work, wherever you like.”
One thing he doesn’t mention there is accountability. Traditionally people were accountable for physical presence: butts in seats (and pardon the expression). I’m not in favor of that old-fashioned metric. Technology gives us a lot of options. And meanwhile we suffer the ills of commuting, overcrowding, energy use, and all the rest.
However, as old-style accountability fades, we need new management, with planning, tracking, and metrics. Not just people in seats, people in workstations, or people at desks. People getting things done.
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