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Is the Future of Work Focused on Staying Home?

I was recently asked a question that I hear all too often:

You have been studying today’s most favored methods of working for many years. What are the big headlines about that? Just where are we going? Or rather, are we all going to stay home and work from there all the time ?

No, we’re not all going to “cocoon” and never leave our home offices! [continue reading...]

Managing a Remote Workforce

We just posted a note on the workshifting.com blog about our latest research white paper, “Managing a Remote Workforce:  Proven Practices from Succesful Leaders.” The post is a highly condensed version of the full 20-page paper, which you can download for free from the workshifting site. Check it out. You won’t regret it. [continue reading...]

Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: April 2010

This is the April 2010 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. We welcome comments on any of these articles. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link.

Spring is sprung, as they say. All the economic signs are pointing to brighter days ahead, though the brightness may take longer to arrive than most of us would like. [continue reading...]

Dilbert on Why Working at Home is More Productive

Had to chuckle when I saw this in today’s paper:

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Not much more to say – Scott Adams is usually spot on. [continue reading...]

Are You a Digital Nomad?

Here’s a rare chance for me to give you tomorrow’s news today. There’s a good article in tomorrow morning’s Washington Post (July 26, 2009) about the rise of “digital nomads,” otherwise known as mobile workers.

The article (“Digital Nomads Ditch Cubes for Diners and Pool Decks“), by Michael Rosenwald, opens this way:

Frank Gruber’s workstation at AOL in Dulles could be in any cubicle farm from here to Bangalore — push-pin board for reminders, computer on Formica desk, stifling fluorescent lighting.

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A First-Person Account of the Virtual Life

Carter Rankin has once again alerted me to another great story about what it’s like to live in a truly distributed work environment.

Check out this very personal note from John Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer of the CareGroup Health System and CIO and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts (“Being There, Virtually“).

Dr. [continue reading...]

SCAN Health Wins IFMA Orange County Award for Excellence

Congratulations to Diane Coles and her colleagues at SCAN Health Plan in Long Beach, California.

SCAN has just won the IFMA Orange County Award for Excellence in recognition of the innovative AWESOME project that Diane formulated and led over the past three years. The award was announced last night, June 5, at the annual Awards Banquet.

It is well-deserved. Through Diane’s leadership SCAN has moved a couple of hundred non-exempt workers into a flexible work environment, increased the density of occupation at corporate headquarters by 22%, increased participant productivity by 18%, and cut office provisioning costs by 38%. It’s a truly remarkable achievement.

We were privileged to support Diane’s work and have recently written and spoken about her story at both IFMA and Corenet events. I posted a summary of the story here a couple of months ago (“Getting Real:  Transforming the Workplace at SCAN Health“)  that includes an embedded powerpoint presentation the three of us delivered in early April at the IFMA Industries Forum meeting in Vancouver, BC.

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Doing Business Anywhere, Anytime

As previously announced, Charlie Grantham and I were featured in a webinar yesterday that was hosted by PC Magazine and sponsored by Citrix Online. Michael Krieger represented PC Magazine and acted as moderator. We were also joined by Eric Bensley of Citrix Online.

The topic was “Corporate Agility: Doing Business Anywhere, Anytime.” A recording of the webinar, including both our slides and our voiceover, is available at this link (it will open in Windows Media Player). [continue reading...]

Charlie Grantham Invited to Join Citrix Online’s Worldwide Workplace Council

That’s good news for us, and for the future of work.

Charlie Grantham has been invited to join a newly-formed Worldwide Workplace Council being sponsored and hosted by Citrix Online. The full press release is here.

“As companies and individuals alike find they can work from anywhere, anytime, it will potentially affect every aspect of the work/life balance, along with the companies’ ability to slash costs and hire from anywhere,” said Brett Caine, general manager, Citrix Online.

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Register Now for Our Free May 12 Webinar on Corporate Agility

We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, May 12, we (Charlie Grantham and I) will be delivering a one-hour free webinar called “Corporate Agility:  Working Anywhere, Anytime.”

You can read about the webinar at this link on PC Magazine’s website, and register there as well. The webinar is sponsored by our friends and long-term clients at Citrix Online, and will include Eric Bensley of Citrix. [continue reading...]