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The Onion: Working From Home Vs. Working In An Office

The Onion turns its satirical eye to the differences between working in a regular office and working Out Of Office.

Performance Management in the Gig Economy

As work teams become more fluid, managers and leaders not only need to understand how to lead full-time Out of Office workers, but other types of workers as well. One growing sector is the freelancer community (also known as the “gig economy”). It’s easy to treat freelancers as simply resources who do one-off jobs. But that ignores the skills, talents, and unique experiences of these freelancers.

The Harvard Business Review article “Performance Management in the Gig Economy” gives leaders a number of ideas for getting more out of these freelancers:

  • Share context
  • Measure more than cost, schedule, and quality
  • Encourage agile talent to communicate concerns before problems bloom
  • Demonstrate two-way feedback
  • Make sure the right managers are supervising your agile talent
  • Acknowledge excellence and share the news

A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

What will work look like in the near future? In this episode, we walk through a typical workday of a future Out of Office worker.

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Why work-life balance is a thing of the past

The whole concept of work-life balance has changed, especially in this 24/7 “always on” world. Out of Office workers need to find their own balance between their work life and their outside-work life, but this is increasingly important for in-office workers as well.

Sharif Khalladi talks about the importance of “work-life integration” rather than “work-life balance”. In other words, “instead of separating work and home life, they intertwine and coexist side by side.”

Read the full article here.

8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don’t Need Offices

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you probably don’t need convincing of the merits of working Out Of Office but perhaps you know someone who is stuck in the old ways of thinking. Well, if you want to change their mind then Jacob Morgan has conveniently compiled a list of reasons we no longer need traditional offices:

  • Collaborative Technologies allow workers to connect to work and colleagues anywhere they have an Internet connection.
  • A New Generation of Workers, the so-called Millennials, have grown up with social networks and find connecting online comfortable and natural.
  • Organisations offering flexible work arrangements are More Attractive Workplaces that help recruit and retain the best talent.
  • Companies Save Money by spending less on office rental, equipment and utilities.
  • Employees Save Time & Money by not having to commute to and from the office.
  • Many studies show that working Out Of Office makes Employees More Productive.
  • Flexible work arrangements lead to Improved Quality of Life for Employees.
  • The emergence of co-working spaces has increased the availability and variety of New Workspaces for Out Of Office workers.

Read Jacob’s article in full.

Dame “Steve” Shirley – an Out Of Office entrepreneur and pioneer

Many people think telecommuting is a relatively recent phenomenon that has come about as a result of the development of the Internet. It’s true that the Internet has made working Out Of Office possible for millions of people but telecommuting was there at the birth of the IT industry thanks to the revolutionary ideas of Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley.

Way back in 1962 Dame Shirley formed a software company that employed women programmers working from home. Dame Shirley grew her company to be worth hundreds of millions of pounds. She has since given away much of her wealth to become one of Britain’s most generous philanthropists.

You can read more about Dame Shirley’s amazing life in her recently published book Let IT Go. For a preview listen to Prof. Mark Dodgson’s biography.

The End of the Desk: 3 Massive Workplace Trends

Geoff McDonald is a futurist and innovator, who is just brilliant at spotting patterns and trends.

In his blog post “The End of the Desk: 3 Massive Workplace Trends”, he talks about three big changes affecting all workplaces:

  1. Mobile Everything
  2. From Visual to Audio
  3. Sitting is the new Smoking

You probably aren’t surprised by the first, but the other two might be new ideas. Read the full blog post here.

How To Innovate With Distributed Teams

How To Innovate With Distributed TeamsThere’s a common belief that innovation and synergy are weaker in distributed teams, because people don’t bump into each other to spark great ideas. However, that’s not necessarily true. It is possible, as long as you overcome the natural “out of sight, out of mind” bias against your remote workers.

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References

Why Videoconferencing Makes You More Productive

Jarek Wasielewski of ClickMeeting wrote about how videoconferencing is a powerful productivity tool, even for in-person teams:

  • Meetings Start and End On Time
  • Perfect for On-call Meetings
  • Better Decision-Making and Collaboration
  • Online Meetings Reduce Stress
  • Working From Your Place of Choice Improves Focus

For Out of Office teams, videoconferencing is an even more important tool for productivity, collaboration and trust.

Read the full article here.

Out of Office Workspaces

Working from home is the most common method of working away from an office, but it’s not the only option. In this episode, we consider four different workspaces for Out of Office workers: the home office, public places like cafes and clubs, co-working spaces, and on the road.

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