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Videoconferencing has come of age, and it’s now a feasible, attractive and sometimes even preferable option for bringing people together. Let’s look at the pros and cons, tools and principles for making it work.
Listen to the episode here:
- Online meetings etiquette guide (past episode)
- The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make in Web Conferences (special report by Gihan)
- 10 Tips for Keeping Control of Your Online Meetings (another special report by Gihan)
One of the behaviours we advocate in the book is to set up a dedicated workspace if you work from home. However, not all Out of Office workers have the luxury of a room they can devote to the purposes of a home office. This can result in the need to make do with a relatively small workstation. If that’s the situation you face then you should read an article by Sarah Rivkind published on the Virtual Vocations blog. Sarah has five tips on how to organise a small desk:
- Clean it
- Organise cables
- Drawers, boxes and shelves
- No personal items
- Use space wisely
Read Sarah’s article in full at VirtualVocations.com.
Taking short regular breaks helps you stay fresh and focussed when working Out of Office. GotoPC recently asked workers to vote on their favourite ways of taking a break. The results are summarised in the infographic below.
More than half of Australian adults use smartphones, and their use doubled in the year to May 2012, according to a report from the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The report, entitled “Smartphones and tablets: Take-up and use in Australia”, also found a dramatic increase in tablets.
The key infrastructure drivers for this growth include the continued rollout of mobile network upgrades, growth in 4G coverage and the increased use of WiFi hotspots.
This is particularly significant for many Out of Office workers. The obvious beneficiaries are Digital Nomads, who can now find it easier than ever before to work from anywhere. But it also applies to many other types of workers, particularly those who travel for work or commute to work.
One of the benefits of the Out of Office work style is the flexibility it affords to working parents. However, when working Out of Office, parents need to recognise the dangers a home office presents to small children.
Kimberly Black has posted an interesting article on ways to Childproof Your Home Office. Kimberly’s advice is essentially that you must apply the same childproofing to your home office as you do to the rest of your home. This includes:
- Preventing easily avoidable accidents
- Protecting against choking hazards
- Childproofing electrical outlets
- Installing surge protectors
- Preventing access to danger
Read Kimberly’s article in full on the Virtual Vocations blog.
Mercer Insights produced this fascinating infographic about telecommuting and other flexible work arrangements (click the picture for a larger version):
Infographic by Mercer Insights
Fast Company magazine published a very interesting article called “7 Great Reasons to Encourage Working Remotely”:
- Hiring remotely opens you up to an enormous pool of people who can’t move.
- You don’t lose people to silly things like their significant other going to medical school.
- People just tend to put in more hours and work more productively.
- It’s amazing how easy it is to delude yourself into thinking that “going to the office” = work.
- It encourages hiring opinionated people who find things they care about to work on and make sure you know what they think.
- Every single person has to commit to communicating, and you have to work out your channels.
- You can’t rely on overheard conversations or gossip to spread the word.
- It’s worth it for the quality of people you attract and the quality of life you are able to offer.
It’s worth reading the full article because it goes into more detail, and offers insights from one company that encourages remote work.
Although in general we endorse an Out of Office work style, we also know it isn’t right in all circumstances. The Wharton Business School published an article “When Working at Home Is Productive, and When It’s Not”, which is worth reading for the pros and cons of telecommuting. It was written at the time of the Yahoo! telecommuting controversy in March, but it’s still relevant now.
Citrix has created a fascinating infographic about the changing nature of the workplace when it comes to work styles (click the picture for the full version):
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