Dinosaurs need Flexible Work to survive.
FlexibleBoss.com recently posted a great article entitled Death of the Desk, in which the benefits and challenges of remote working are discussed. The concept of ‘remote working’ is upheld by writers Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson in their recent book Remote: Office Not Required.
A Practical Solution
The benefits of remote working, that is, work outside of a traditional office environment, are numerous and multifaceted. Some are fairly obvious: remote working is flexible working which provides an employee with greater freedom. Remote working may well be less stressful, as the employer is able to control the environment in which he/she works. A long commute is eliminated, and so remote working may even be seen as the more environmentally friendly option! There are also advantages for bosses. Remote working means savings to staff overheads and running costs. Finally, there is much evidence to suggest that those who work flexibly and remotely are more motivated and display greater productivity than those who remain subject to the daily grind of office-based work.
Yet to many, the idea seems unfeasible, even impossible. This can partly be attributed to the fact that remote working is a relatively new idea, and there is little advice out there for employers wishing to implement it. However, it would be unfair to say that all bosses remain unenlightened. Entrepreneur Kevin Kruse claims that for the past twenty years his opening line to new employees has been:
“You can do your job wherever and whenever you want… You can even sit in a beach chair with a cocktail in hand for all I care… As long as you get our desired results.”
A Feasible Goal?
By no means is remote working unachievable. We live in the 21st century, able to communicate with each other instantly with just a touch of a button or a click of the mouse. What companies need right now is solid guidelines and examples which will enable them to facilitate remote working effectively. To Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson the world rapidly shifting in favour of remote working:
“Office not required’ isn’t the future – it’s the present. Now is your chance to catch up,”
The message is clear. Dinosaur bosses must be prepared to evolve and move with the times… Or else face extinction!