Monday, April 20, 2009

networking at work when you're not there 
this guy heads up lots of good stuff, but I disagree with point 8 of this post.
Flexible working
"I want to look particularly at remote / at home working rather than manipulating hours in the office. We have the technology, what we don’t have is the culture, yet. The single biggest obstacle to employees working from home is poor management techniques. Managers like to look over people’s shoulders and see them working. "
it's not about the managers, it's the whole workplace culture thing. Workplaces and people thrive on f2f contact. I've worked in large public service workplaces, large corporate workplaces, SME businesses, as a consultant and as a contract worker working `from home'. If you're not f2f'ing you're not part of the company. Remote offices and external workers have always known this. David is right when he says we don't have the culture. A recent post from a manager in Tasmania described the affray that occurred within his business when they set up an interstate office. The us and them culture quickly threatened to wreck the project they were all working on. This is about human personality and the intrinsic need to build trust and relationships through face to face connection. Workplaces are dynamic systems reliant on networking. If businesses are going to benefit from the opportunities new technologies offer, they need to embrace the oldest social systems.