Work at home, you owe it to yourself, your employer (or customers), and your country.
Why do we still have office buildings? Its silly really. Most office jobs are mobile, and can be completed from anywhere with good internet and telephone connections. It is a man-made convention that human service oriented effort is optimized by jumping into a vehicle, driving to an office building, sitting at a desk for 8 hours, then returning home, only to repeat 5 days per week.
The next workplace revolution.
The personal computer and internet revolutions brought us waves of technological capabilities; laptops, smart phones, fast internet connections, social networking, and countless others. The majority of jobs and careers are service based and can be done from anywhere. The million dollar question is, why aren't they?
The work at home (or from anywhere) revolution.
Personal Computer and Internet age technological capability with industrial revolution era management philosophy sets the stage for the next revolution, and it is the remote work revolution. This revolution has already began, and can not be stopped.
You owe it to yourself to work at home.
If someone offered to give you ten hours of your life back per week, and guaranteed you would be happier, healthier, and more productive, and save money every single workday, would you refuse it? What if you also reduced traffic congestion, contributed less pollution, and helped your country on a realistic path to energy independence? It sounds like a no brainer.
You owe it to your employer (or customers).
What if someone told your employer that they had an idea that would dramatically increase worker productivity, reduce employee turnover and sick time, and add dollars directly to the bottom line via reduced operating costs? Any manager or owner in their right mind would be all over this, right? Maybe they don't know? Its your moral obligation to tell them.
You owe it to your country.
Tired of spending an arm and leg to fill up your vehicle with fuel only to be stuck on crowded roads on a smoggy summer day in some large city? What if foreign oil imports could be reduced dramatically? They can. What if you and your fellow citizens were happy, healthy, fit and rested, wouldn't this give competitiveness a big boost? It would.
Cultural norms at work need to change to recognize that humans did not evolve into an idea" nine to five schedule surrounded by gray walls in a small cubicle in some nondescript office building.
The industrial and post-industrial revolutions created the problem, and the work at home revolution will fix it. What can you do?
- If you are self-employed, begin working from home as much as possible.
- If you are employed, check with your employer for work from home programs or policies, rally to have one implemented if there is not one already.
- Write your politicians, public policy can go a long way in promoting work at home.