Are you working differently than you did 10 years ago? Have you been impacted by the Internet of Things and hyper connectedness? Have you experienced low workplace trust and looser employee-employer ties? Has social networking and mobility changed the way you communicate with your family? Friends? Work colleagues and clients?
It has me. And in a great way….
I’m watching the alpaca graze from my corner office (outside on my deck) before heading into a web conference coaching session in my home office (with a view of my favorite mountain, Doghead Rock, through my window). Later today I participate in a summit, learning from a corporate turnaround master who speaks to the humanity and the finances. I won’t be getting dressed for it.
Want to know what I’m wearing? Hint – I’m comfortable, and I do not wear shoes.
I work from home but am seldom alone. I work collaboratively and teach online, as busy and engaged as I ever was living in downtown Denver or St. Louis. One reason I delved into virtual work in the 1990’s was to find a way to not only own a home-based business, but actually spend most of my working hours fully engaged – from home.
And I am.
In 2012 Chief Information Officers were already strategically examining how to leverage mobility for employee and customer communication, as well as to manage performance and support worker productivity. Most leaders know that collaboration is key to productivity, and that much of it can be done virtually.
Team members can wear anything while they work, as long as they are engaged in their work and with their teams.
Mobility has disrupted our way of life, unleashing our ability to get and stay connected with a much larger circle than was previously possible – from anywhere, virtually. With mobility, people can imagine a more blended home-work life. I’m not the only one extending my network and influence with social networking solutions, and doing so while creating a perfect life for me.
Here’s an overview of the opportunities and some early lessons on how to manage the associated security risks, costs, and organizational challenges. September 2012 | by Janaki Akella, Brad Brown, Greg Gilbert, and Lawrence Wong
And it is a two-sided coin. We are less tethered to ‘place’ than ever, though we are increasingly tethered to our work. There seems no such thing as ‘leaving it at the office.’ Enterprise solutions are getting good at tapping into collaborative business processes that accelerate the speed that business is done and how quickly organizations learn.
Executive teams and boards of directors can think and plan together from around the globe without traveling. Not long ago I facilitated a virtual strategic planning process for a 25-year old organization, inviting all past and current board members to participate virtually over several weeks. The process was phenomenally successful with a 40-person leadership team working together through an intentional organization transformation – all virtually. I never met anyone face to face except the executive director, who lived near me.
Yet I know every one who participated, including founding members, thanks to the deep virtual conversations and strategic facilitation.
See what’s possible in your virtual work world, connect with others to make it happen across time and distance, and do it in flip flops.