The Officeless Office
For most of the past 200 years, the workplace of the knowledge worker has been an office. But that’s changing – and changing fast. Modern teams include full-timers, part-timers, contractors, interns, telecommuters, and job sharers. We also have extended work teams, using outsourcing, crowdsourcing, and other similar work practices. Many leaders and organisations struggle with these new workplaces – particularly when it comes to trust, communication, managing deadlines, and achieving consensus in decision-making. Those who get it right will be positioned well for the future.
If you want to know how to lead a virtual workforce in an office-less office, watch the recording of my webinar “The Officeless Office”:
After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:
“Some great tips on leading teams ‘remotely'”
“The shift to online learning and juniors mentoring seniors”
“Hearing ideas that would never have occurred to me and adapting them to my situation”
“Looking at how we can operate more effectively”
“ideas around the future of the office, that there most likely will not be one!”
“The way Google is enforcing collaboration by purposefully having queue at the lunch room.”
“The idea of creating ‘internal learning networks'”
“You’ve confirmed that my office is on the right track with everyone having desktops instead of the typically PC with a hard drive.”
“A reminder that my Japanese volunteers, collaborators and supporters can be treated as external employees.”
“Got me thinking more about how I could outsource some things”
So true. The landscape has changed. People are working with independent specialists these days rather than renting an office an hiring full time staff. I’m loving it!