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As we near the end of the year of revolutions, it is worth noting the quiet one going on in redesigning how we work. Future workplaces look set to model freelancers’ style – using a more open, free-style work practice and environment. It is all about mobility, flexibility and connectivity.

It is well-known amongst freelancers that working from home can be very productive – with the ability to create a personalized workspace, choose the most productive time to work (based on your body clock) and not be caught up in day-to-day office culture that can be time consuming. So what are traditional workplaces borrowing from homeworkers?

Cindy Krischer Goodman’s story for McClatchy Newspapers (MCT), highlights the findings of “Future Work: How Businesses Can Adapt and Thrive in the New World of Work” co-authors Alison Maitland and Peter Thomson. They found companies are looking closely at the workspace and doing away with cubicles, in favour of coffee-shop interior design. They are getting rid of schedules, in favour of a work to the task not the time clock approach. The movement is gathering strength, but not everyone is jumping on board.

 At the Washington Work-Life Focus conference, Goodman reports although there is evidence to support rewarding productivity instead of time, many companies don’t want to move away from traditional practices – yet.

 However, those implementing the changes can look for these new definitions for the old standards:

  1. Time management = choose your own working hours.
  2. The office =  home, coffee shop, anywhere. Telecommuting is in.
  3. Management leadership = move to ‘enabling’ rather than ‘controlling’.
  4. Networking  = meeting will be done virtually and using social media.

New technology – like Skype, videoconferencing, Google chat – is making this easy, efficient and inexpensive to adapt to the new world of work. The change is coming. All organizations have to do is decide whether to lead or follow.

Has your organization tried it? What is it like for you?

Other stories:

The 2020 Workplace

The Workplace of the Future

Kate is now working from a small town in BC with a client in Alberta, visiting the office occasionally. Skype, videoconferencing, intranet sharing are now daily work tools.


According to AV Interactive , and many media reports, the need to continue doing business during the volcanic ash air travel crisis ‘erupted’ in a boom of 100% growth for some video conferencing vendors! There’s a message there.

In need of an expert blogger for my Web Design evening class in the UK, I will be bringing in blogger Craig McGinty, of fame, to inspire the class about blogging. Craig will share insights, from his location in France,  into how to do it, best practices and tips for making a living blogging. We’ll be using Skype.

Video links are green, offer inexpensive alternatives to face-to-face meetings and great flexibility. The growth in webinars – both for learning, sharing information and marketing are proof positive this medium is a great – but under-used resource.

With programs like Jing offering desktop, fingertip options for adding visuals to online conversations or presentations (thanks for that tip Kay Hebbourn), there is no excuse not to follow the video conferencing crowd!

Think of what you can save and earn!

A film instructor spoke of the ‘democratisation’ of making movies with the advent of affordable, portable, usable technology. That was two years ago. Even he couldn’t have predicted the gains video communications has made in the past few years.

In the past week alone I have received an email from someone (1 of over 4,500) who had posted a comment after watching my silly sheep video on YouTube ; recorded a one minute video tip in my new series on Key; and  talked to my cousin on a Skype video call.

There is no doubt – with the fusion of technology, fingertip mobile recording and uploading video and our insatiable appetite for seeing things – video is here to stay.

Just search ‘tips on using video’ and you’ll find no end of advice from the likes of YouTube,, and VideoJug, and that’s only page one of the results.

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