Ten years ago, almost to this day, I set-up my first home office and entered the world of remote working. Back in 2006, virtual working was the exception rather than the rule, and I only made it sustainable through hefty train fares into London each month for regular client meetings. Virtual collaboration tools and technology had a long way still to go, and connectivity was nowhere near as ubiquitous as it is today. But nevertheless, I made it work well, and discovered a newfound freedom through working when and where I liked.
Monthly Archives: July 2016
With the daily barrage of emails, talkative colleagues, and constant digital interruptions, the modern workplace costs individuals and companies a lot of time. In fact, the average British employee wastes 759 hours of work a year at work.
The workplace has been steadily evolving over the past year or two, and big changes have come afoot in the first part of 2016. In the UK, the shift towards co-working has exploded, which has been led in part by the increasing number of individuals choosing to go freelance, who want more flexibility and control over where and when they work. Currently there are 1.4 million freelancers working in the UK, and the continued growth of virtual collaboration tools and technology, as well as the increasing acceptance of remote working, has given the freelance economy a tremendous boost.
How often do you leave a meeting, feeling that it was, well….boring? You made it through a big agenda, yet somehow little happened. There were no substantive debates. No ah-ha moments. It ‘looked’ like a good meeting, yet nobody would think or do anything meaningfully different because of it. This happens more often than it should and the culprit is the very thing that’s supposed to prevent it: the agenda.
“You’re not watching with me.”
“I am! I can do both, I have to check something.”
“Then check and then we’ll watch the show.”
“It’s fine, just keep watching, I’m paying attention.”
“But it feels weird to watch alone while you’re doing something else.”
“It’s fine, I’m watching. Here, I’m putting it down, you happy?”
“Yes, thank you.”
“So catch me up.”
A previous article I wrote called ‘7 mistakes to avoid when presenting to senior management’ attracted an enormous amount of interest with over 29,000 views.