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The Workplace Of The Future: What Does It Look Like?

There’s a lot of talk about “the workplace of the future”, and there’s no one clear definition of what that means. This Dynamic Business article tackles some of the basic questions on this topic, including:

  • How has the concept of the workplace changed?
  • What is the workplace of the future? Why is it desirable?
  • Is transitioning to a workplace of the future easy?
  • Why is the hybrid workforce model worth embracing?
  • How do businesses with a geographically-dispersed team maintain their cultural identity, guard against disunity?

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Which Type of Work Flexibility is Right for You?

Working Out Of Office is but one of the several types of flexible work arrangement employers are offering and workers are demanding. People are different, so the arrangements that suit one worker might not be a good fit for another. To help you consider the flexible work arrangements that suit you, Greg Kratz provides an overview of the following types of work flexibility:

  • Telecommuting
  • Freelancing
  • Part-time work
  • Part-year work
  • Compressed work week
  • Job sharing
  • Alternative schedule
  • Phased retirement

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Personal Success for Out of Office Workers

Personal SuccessThe Out of Office work style allows you to blend personal and professional success. In this episode, we give you some ideas for how to maximise this opportunity.

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Read the Harvard Business Review article, Manage Your Work, Manage Your Life, which inspired this episode.

Brand You

Brand YouWhether we’re employees or business owners, it’s more important than ever before for us to create our personal brand.

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Out of Office Trends for 2013

Crystal BallWe’re nearing the end of another year, so it’s time for our annual podcast episode about trends for the coming 12 months.

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Our list:

  1. Video Conferencing: It has become easy and ubiquitous, and its use will grow. It has higher “fidelity” than other channels. You need to think about how to use these tools effectively: When to use it, and how to use it well.
  2. BYOD on the Rise: Because of the rise of mobile technology, there’s an increasing demand for “Bring Your Own Device” capability in workplaces, particularly those with Semi-Commuters.
    But BYOD raises a number of issues. It’s not just the software and hardware integration, but also security, legal, acceptable use, and even HR/workstyle issues. Nevertheless, it’s already with us, so organisations need to embrace it. We expect BYOD usage to rise in 2013.

  3. Android is King of the Road: Total Android smart phones to top one billion in 2013, with one million currently being activated daily. Currently, the situation is good because we have competition between two strong rivals: Apple and Google. This ought to drive innovation in mobile platforms. Microsoft are playing catch up but have released the Surface tablet and Windows 8.
  4. Multiple Devices: Although we’ve seen some moves towards convergence, there still isn’t “one device to rule them all”, especially with the growth of Android (as noted above) competing with the iPad. So there’s still a need/desire for multiple devices, even if it’s less convenient to carry them all around.
  5. Part-time Telecommuting (Semi-Commuter): I’ve noticed a lot more working from home amongst my colleagues, i.e. more Semi-Commuting. Technological improvements are making it possible; employers are recognising that it’s win-win; and there’s a changed attitude towards it.
  6. Google Apps for Business: More organisations moving to this, because it brings all sorts of Cloud-based functionality under one roof.
  7. Better, Cheaper Texting: SMS is 20 years old. SMS texts are a useful way of conducting immediate, one-to-one communication but can be expensive. There are many cheaper Internet based alternatives, and SMS usage is in decline.
  8. Better Connectivity for Travellers: Although Out of Office work, by definition, means less travel between home and an office, there’s still a lot of business travel happening. And the travel and hospitality industry are competing to offer better services in this area, particularly for business travellers.

We wish all our listeners a safe and happy Christmas, and ongoing success in 2013.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Out of Office Workers

In this tribute to the late Steven Covey, we apply his seven habits of highly effective people to the context of Out of Office workers.

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Here are the original seven habits:

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think Win-Win
  5. Seek First to Understand – Then to be Understood
  6. Syngergise
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Out of Office reviewed and interviewed

Brie Reynolds from FlexJobs recently reviewed Out of Office, and interviewed us about telecommuting. You can read Brie’s review and interview on the FlexJobs blog.

FlexJobs is a job search Web site with a difference. Their mission is:

To make your search for a telecommuting, part-time, freelance, or flextime job better, easier, faster, and safer.

FlexJobs focus on the kinds of jobs well-suited to an Out of Office work style. If you’re currently looking for this kind of work than take a look at what FlexJobs has to offer.

The Out of Office Work Style – What’s New

A lot has changed in the last 6-12 months for Out of Office workers. In this episode, we review some of the changes, enhancements and new services available to make it even easier to use the Internet for greater freedom in your work life.

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References

Interview With Kat Campbell

I’ve known Kat Campbell since we were at high school together. Kat is an avid reader, scrap-booker and crafter, and publishes a popular blog about such matters. Many of Kat’s readers and followers earn a living from their handicrafts, and work from home, so when Kat offered to review Out Of Office, I jumped at the chance. The result is a lengthy interview about using the Internet to work Out Of Office – you can read it in full on Kat’s blog.

And if you’re into reading, scrap-booking or handicrafts then Kat’s blog is well worth following.

Thanks Kat!

The Beginning of the End of the 9-to-5 Workday?

Dan Schwabel writes the following in Time’s Moneyland magazine:

The traditional eight-hour workday may soon be the exception rather than the rule. New evidence shows that we’re reaching a tipping point in terms of workplace flexibility, with businesses seeing the wisdom of allowing employees — young ones especially — to work odd hours, telecommute and otherwise tweak the usual 9-to-5 grind.

Schwabel offers three reasons businesses should offer Out Of Office work arrangements in order to attract and retain Gen-Y employees:

  • Gen Y workers won’t accept jobs where they can’t access Facebook
  • Gen Y-ers value workplace flexibility over more money
  • Gen Y workers are always connected to jobs through technology

Read the full article at Moneyland.com.

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