This article from Unified Communications Strategies refers to a TED talk that argues for a less interrupted workday that advantages remote work, or tele-commuting. The added value is in also considering the need for collaborative moments, and the tools required to make this possible even remotely. Where we once used water-coolers, coffee and cigarettes to get into scrums, and micro-meetings, we now need network tools to afford us the same level of interaction. Without getting bogged down in the long and sometimes painful meetings that can kill the positive work-flow of a productive day.
What’s interesting about this talk is his target is really managers and meetings, not the office. I wholeheartedly agree that managers and meetings are often toxic to productivity, but I don’t particularly associate those with the office (anymore). VoIP, UC, and collaboration have come so far that I have just as many meetings and interruptions at my home office. He also says that a problem can often be better solved with just 2-3 people instead of a bigger meeting. While that may be true, it should be noted that that’s still a meeting. I think Jason is really upset about bad managers and bad meetings, but he doesn’t state that. Instead it’s all about how the office isn’t productive.