Mobility is nothing new. In fact email on the go has been a part of our lives since the late ‘90s and is now considered to be table stakes – it’s seen as a “given” and we’ve marched ahead with many new services available on the move.
This ability to work from anywhere is of course predicated on the fact that you remain always on and connected.
It does therefore surprise the writer that there are still people using their out of office assistant to claim they are unavailable because they are not at their desk. Anything for a peaceful life eh?
I’m the first to accept that typing on the phone keyboard isn’t easy, and auto correct can prove embarrassing, but to have the technology and power that a modern smartphone provides and to claim isolation is rather poor at best.
Does an ooo have a place? Yes it does. Holidays are to be encouraged and switching off for some personal downtime is a must. Letting people know that you are traveling can also be helpful as driving and accessing your device is to be discouraged.
Common sense and good practice are live and well, and good judgment is still with us. Technology is still very much under our control and Skynet remains just a concern.
Created and posted whilst on the move from my iPhone – apologies for any typos
But treat them so well that they do not want to.
The message is clear here and I love it completely. For me, I can say that it is a philosophy I am 100% comfortable with and I can see the value in its proactive simplicity.
I’ve been pondering the very question as I have been reading job boards and job adverts. There is little that I see showing any kind of innovation to attract talent to their business – most jobs appear generic – identical, and with a different employer name or agency at the header. It appears that you need to be able to demonstrate success as measured by achievement against target and have done pretty much the same job before at a different company to be considered. Many ask for graduate level education too, but I’ve yet to see a job advert that distills the requirements down to attitude, behaviours and intelligence. Show me someone with a great attitude and the will to do well, with good advocacy, core intellect and communication skills and I contend that they will offer you the raw material on which to build a stand-out candidate for your business.
Source: Check out this Sway! “What is experience and how is it we can see it so differently?”
I recently heard this read on the radio and in light of the Rugby World cup currently in play and the obvious parallels with team performance I thought I’d post it here to share for those who may also appreciate its sentiment or indeed the poem.
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
by John Donne
Workspace not Workplace | Workspace updates. The whole concept of Work is changing – there are many reasons why this is happening, but changing attitudes to work coupled with agile working policies underpinned by technology innovation are probably a few of the key factors.
What factors affect the agility of a business? Is it the simple case that if you are running a small business, then you are agile?
I don’t believe so, as there are other really critical factors that mean that a larger business can also be agile whereas a smaller business can also be slow and unresponsive.
For example, in order to be agile, a business needs to be able to make decisions rapidly and have an environment where staff are empowered. The culture needs to be one that focusses on the customer as their purpose, rather than the customer as an inconvenience and an interruption and a source of frustration. Believe me when I say that I have experienced senior business leaders speaking about their customers in very negative terms, and bemoaning their approach to suppliers.
Ownership of issues is also a factor that is critical in ensuring your business can be agile or not. Large or small, having simple processes that ensure that the business does not simply rely on people passing emails to each other and responding in a timely fashion, is critical. A customer with a requirement is only interested in a partnership with another organisation able to understand them and an ability to execute.
So in summary the following are necessary to enable your business to operate with agility:
> Customer focus
> Decision making
> Process – simple and effective.
And an agile business, like a successful sports team, needs a high degree of collaboration and teamwork focus.