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« Long long time ago ... نجاح و فشل »

The changing workplace

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  • On:Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:24:39 AM
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    Having worked for over 50 years in the 20th century, my parents find it hard to believe or even comprehend what I mean when I say, "I'm working from home today".

    My father keeps asking my sisters, having read about the waves of layoffs that swooped the US, if this is true. "What kind of work could you do from home?"

    Just like the hard working laborers of the 18th, 19th and 20th century. Work was associated with very hard laborious activities. You needed to break a sweat to actually be considered working. The jokes about the clerks, and other white collar jobs were endless to the farmers, factory workers and everyone who had to use muscle to make a buck.

    It took decades to convince people that not everyone needs to work so hard, and not every type of job needs sweating. The world has changed again and the whole idea of "going to work" is changing with it.

    The classical scene is engraved in our memory. The father (and the mother) get dressed in the morning, get their morning breakfast, say their good byes, and hop in their cars to "get to work" and at the end of the day, they come back tired and exhausted after a long day "in the office".

    Chances are, if you're reading this and you're under the age of 50. You'll likely start seeing this classical scene disappear as more and more companies opt to give their employees the liberty to work from, well, wherever they want to work. So if you pick to work from home, you can.

    It's a win-win-win solution. First, for the employee who now doesn't have to beat the clock to get to work. Nor does he/she have to dress up or waste time commuting. They no longer spend money on fuel to get to and from work. Add to that the liberty to live near your favorite school. Landmark or away from the crowded-expensive cities since commuting is no longer an issue. But perhaps the important aspect for parents in particular is to have the capability to be close their family while earning a living. So they won't be wasting any precious moments with the family while trying to support this family.

    Going to work

     

    Second for the business. Now that companies don't have to have huge work spaces equipped with everything from safety gear to furniture, and expenses ranging from utilities to insurance. Let's not forget the rent of the office space. Now companies can downsize their square footage without downsizing their services (or shipping them to the other side of the world).

    The final win is for the environment. As we burn less fossil fuel for our cars to get to and from work. We ensure that we have a smaller carbon footprint and that's a huge win by all measures.

    But business in particular are raving over these "virtual offices" that they don't have to rent, and they don't need to provide services for. Who wouldn't want to reduce their operating expenses from a thousands per year per employee to hundreds? It makes a lot of business sense. Which means, more and more businesses are going down that path of allowing their employees to go "virtual".

    Don't think for a minute that working virtual is in anyway "less" work or requires less time. It's as much work as you could do in the office, perhaps even more.

    It just feels great to have your first meeting with your boss while you're still in your boxers! But for my father, that's is a very wierd concept that defies everything he's done for decades.

    All I can say is ... the world keeps changing

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    • sewa mobil
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    • On: 5/18/2011 7:42:27 AM
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    Nice article, thanks for the information.
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    • On: 5/18/2011 7:46:53 AM
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    hehe - I wish it was like that everywhere, but you're right: often I was given the liberty to work from home and it was great, especially if I don't have to interact face to face with people.
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    • On: 6/3/2011 7:59:20 PM
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    Qwaider, how timely that I read this blog. It was a scary (but exciting) decision to quit my 9-5 job as a college instructor to pursue writing. Actually my parents thought I was just gonna look for a new 9-5 job (lol)but the doors opened for online writing and now I'm doing freelance copywriting. My parents think it's nice but their matrix mindset doubts its reliability. Meanwhile I've also applied as a social media researcher and hopefully will get a positive result next week. You're right, working at home isn't an easier job but it sure as hell is a less stressful one (goodbye long and annoying commute; goodbye to the stress of carrying my 10-pound laptop everyday to school; and goodbye extra expenses). I would miss the social interactions and going to the mall (oh, wait - I've always been too tired to go to the mall after work and anyway, the only social interaction that matters is with my cute and sweet Jordanian chatmate (lol)--oh, but really, all my friends are just a chat away on Facebook. I'm enjoying my freedom and I like that at last I could pursue my passion. It's a big change of mindset for the traditionalists but we'll show 'em ^^
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    • On: 6/4/2011 9:53:33 PM
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    It's amazing to see this changing our lives once again in ways we didn't even understand in the past!

    I think you're right. There's a lot less stress in doing this from home and eventually we'll use our "out and about" hours more productively.

    But as you said, there's a missing social element missing. But what difference would it make if you do it face to face or on Facetime or Skype?

    I know of some companies working on some research that will see production very soon that is designed to remove your background from the video and allow you to look professional no matter what your setting is. Should be exciting to see it coming to a PC near you
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