Friday, March 14, 2008

Shedworking is the future of homeworking says study

Though no surprise to readers of Shedworking, it is nice to hear that the message is finally getting across: homeworking (and of course shedworking) will replace traditional office hours and workplaces, according to a new report from the Chartered Management Institute (full report here). John Carvel writing in The Guardian gives an excellent rundown of the report which suggests a variety of trends and says the report "predicts an exodus from the traditional workplace caused partly by environmental pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of commuting and partly by the demographic pressure of an ageing population, with fewer employees able to avoid looking after older relatives, leading to a blurring of boundaries between family and career." The crystal ball-gazing report suggested we'll be seeing:
> more work-life integration rather than work-life balance (an interesting distinction)
> a world workplace battered by hackers (quite likely)
> the use of holograms for communication between staff (hmm...)
> employers implanting microchips in employees' brains to make them more efficient (double hmm...)

Quite rightly it also suggests that while employers will have to be more flexible, so will employees. For a nice audio clip from the Guardian with Jo Causon from the Chartered Management Institute on the study, click here. Well worth a browse.

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