No please not another future of work blog.
I bring this up today because it keeps coming up in the world of work that is not coworking, and that might mean you.
It is all very well banging on about coworking, but it is an echo chamber, as the social media echo chamber, the tech echo chamber and the gluten free echo chamber. We have to be aware that what we read, think and act on is not what everyone else is doing.
Flexible working was once a perk; you could be trusted to leave work and still work. You were “grown up enough” to be left home alone. A recurring theme in blogs, podcasts and real life conversations for me is when people say “when I need to get something done I go to a coffee bar” – or said another way the last place people seem to go to get work done is, er, work.
What does the new world of work mean?
So back to my echo chamber, what is called the new world of work I have been following for a decade. It seems a no-brainer for me that you would not want to show up in a building 9 – 5 every day.
I am all for routine and discipline but not for sheep walking and pretending I don’t work in a factory when I do; it is just in this one wear a collar and tie, and I am allowed to make my coffee.
It seems a no-brainer for me that you would not want to show up in a building 9 – 5 every day.
I am all for routine and discipline but not for sheep walking and pretending I don’t work in a factory when I do, I just wear a collar and tie, and I am allowed to make my coffee.
As soon as I could get email and before I could get the internet on my mobile phone I thought the more I can do from my phone the better. Mobile working was endorsed further when the Chief Scientist at a HUGE tech company turned up to speak at my event, and all he had was his iPhone.
I asked him where his laptop and his slides were, and he went on to explain how he worked from his phone and which applications he used. Of course, it came with limitations, but he adjusted to working around them. The was 2009 and since then I have strived to be more and more ‘location independent.” I don’t mean lying on a beach with a laptop, I am talking about working out the right blend and independence for you to do your best work.
This topic is really interesting even if you are not coworking, this is how we all spend our life and we are really open to the conversation of where you see the way YOU work going and what that means to you. Come and say hi and let Philip, Oli and Bernie know what matters to you.