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Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
4/1/2013 2:04:06 PM
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Re: Office of the Future
You always have to have in person face time at the office. if not no one remembers you and come layoff time you are usually the first to go. I've worked from home from time to time but due to my two yeard old soon being awake and always wanting to play or watch cartoons, its not always possible for me to get a full day in. Plus I need lab time at the office. Face time doesn't always mean Skype or netmeeting or webex meetings. it means actually having to go in for a few hours for meetings or paperwork or something.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
4/1/2013 2:01:34 PM
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Re: Office of the Future
I've heard of the standing Desks and seen them advertised. I also heard they are great for your health since one is not sitting all day. I would love to have one at home.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/1/2013 11:19:41 AM
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Yes, Ms. Marissa has banned telcommuting at Yahoo, which is really short-sighted. (I'm not a great fan of her's... interviewed her once, and she was truly unpleasant to deal with. It doesn't surprise me that she'd enact such a bizarre law at Yahoo.) I feel that "the office" as fixed space will start to become more of a thing of the past as more co-working environments emerge and the options to work from home improve. That said, it's still important to have a place to go to be with your colleagues face to face, whenever possible. So I don't think it'll be quite as drastic as everyone works from home in the future... but "going to work" as we know it today will continue to change in meaning as our cities evolve, and as our ideas of "work" change as a result of technological changes and alterations to urban design.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
4/1/2013 11:14:27 AM
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Re: Office of the Future
I have heard quite a bit about standing desks; and one of my colleagues has happily started using one in his home office. I tend to get pretty achy after sitting too long, so I'd love it if there were a few different workspace options in my office. When I'm at home, I usually opt for sitting on the floor over the couch or a chair. Seems a little weird to do in the middle of the office though. :)

CitySolver
CitySolver  
4/1/2013 9:42:07 AM
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Ha true
yes this is true, we do become slaves to technology if we are not careful! But getting  the balance right at work (where we spend so much time) is so important. We spend so much time sitting at our desks that anything that makes that better can only be a good thing.

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
4/1/2013 7:05:12 AM
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Re: Office of the Future
You're right to worry, Peter.  I blame it on the Blackberry though at the time it seemed like a boon.   Perhaps, though, the need to leave one's jacket on the office chair has finally gone when one can send a message from the living room.

It does also make the curious French 35 hour working week even more impossible to police.  Though didn't I see a report that a German firm (Audi perhaps?) had restricted the operating hours of its mail servers.  That was also in the context of the disruption to work that email itself brings.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/31/2013 10:13:12 PM
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Re: Office of the future
Peter, I do think the activity-based approach is condicive to good work. Where I work, there are two main (glum) conference rooms that contribute nothing to atmosphere or collaboration. They have a reputation for something like a black hole (or maybe that's mostly my experience there). It makes sense to share more work space and make it interesting!

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/31/2013 10:00:38 PM
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Re: lets ban the cubicle!
No, we should not be required to perform our work in that context. It was funny that I read your post after scrolling down from a previous post. As I noted above, I do feel sometimes that we're electronically cages. We do this both personally and professionally, so it's not only on the work level.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/31/2013 9:56:43 PM
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Re: Office of the Future
Yes, Simon. I do also worry, though, about the convergence of work/home life in current times, given these lines become more and more blurry. Our connectivity stays with us, and there is a greater expectation all of the time that we are "on the clock."

Simon Hersom
Simon Hersom  
3/31/2013 4:52:40 PM
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Re: Office of the Future
PeterJ - I bet you would!

The downside of working at home is the need for dedicated space free of interruptions.  The upside is the ability to work ouside conventional hours.

When video conferencing of the standard seen in the best VC suites becomes cheaply available then it will also be possible to chat by the virtual watercooler

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