When it comes to location, there are two very different work strategies.
Strategy #1: Work from Anywhere
Do we need offices to get our work done?
This post in Forbes says no. From online collaboration spaces to the fact that we’re not actually making buttons in the button factory, there are many reasons we don’t need to go into the office every day.
Much of my work, in fact, can be done anywhere with an internet connection. Sending emails? Sure. Making a phone call? All right. Writing blog posts? You got it. I can be in a coffee shop, a library, or even a bar, and get things done.
I work on a very small team, and we’d have to do some collaborating in order to make sure we still felt like a team if we were working remotely. But it’s entirely doable, especially for a week or two at a time.
I don’t take advantage of the ability to work remotely nearly as much as I could. However, I’m able to take a longer break over Thanksgiving week. Instead of flying on the worst flying day of the year, I’m leaving this Saturday and working remotely Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
I love the flexibility.
Strategy #2: Never Leave Work
The other side of the “we trust that you’ll get the work done” is the so-called perks offered to employees to entice them to never leave work. Google provides dinner (and massage, and dental services!) for their employees, some places offer free soda, or beer on Fridays. Employees get excited for the “free” things, and those perks are no-brainers for employers. People are happier if you provide coffee? Buy them coffee!
Leave it to Facebook to take it one step further.
They are building an apartment complex for their employees. I mean, many of us get on Facebook during working hours, but if your job is Facebook?
You might not want to be on Facebook all the time.
It looks fancy, I bet it will be nice.
Since it will only hold about 10% of Facebook’s workforce, it’ll likely be highly competitive to get in.
But I for one am happy to have flexibility.
Work/life balance is really a wonderful thing, friends.
Have you experienced either scenario? Do you work somewhere with fun perks? And do those perks make you work longer hours or produce more work? Or do you have flexibility? Can you work from home sometimes?