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Mowing the lawn, digital style: What’s your office look like?

by ‎09-19-2011 02:14 PM - edited ‎09-19-2011 04:03 PM

WAH Photo.JPGTwenty years ago, if you talked about “working at home” chances are good you were referring to mowing the lawn or painting your living room.  Today, working from home has a different meaning - and is likely less taxing on your body.

 

Advanced broadband networks, both fixed and wireless, have changed the way we view “the office.”  More people work from home today than ever before.  But is it really work if you’re sitting at a desk in your home office at 8 a.m. on a Monday wearing shorts and a T-shirt?

 

My colleague Stefanie Scott continues to explore the future of work at the Verizon Business Think Forward blog.  Her recent Q& A video with professionals who attended the Enterprise Connect trade show this year gets to the root of the issue – where are you more productive -- working at home, or working in a traditional office setting?

 

I think it comes down to preference. There’s no question that the reliability and speed of your home broadband connection impacts your opinion. Another factor that influences your view on working at home is the manner in which you need to interact and collaborate with co-workers and clients

 

In a GigaOm study published recently, "The Future of the Workplace," the authors summarize their views on how we work and what is important like this:

“Over the last decade, technological advancements have minimized the need for employees to be as physically present in a traditional office setting.  Central to this change is the ever-increasing access to high-speed Internet services, mobile technology and cloud-based collaboration services.”

 

They go on to cite how consumers have changed the tools we use in the workplace, noting alternative forms of communications like texting, mobile phones, social networks, video communications and instant messaging/chat.  They believe that video communications is the next big wave in telework, encouraging the face-to-face collaboration some prefer.  And they throw in this caveat:

 

“Video communication use is likely to increase across all business sizes.  Even very small businesses anticipate using the more expensive room-based video communication systems. This bodes well first and foremost for Internet bandwidth providers, since high bandwidth is a core requirement.”

 

While Verizon can’t transport you or your co-workers to your home ‘Star Trek’ style (not yet at least), we can be sure you enjoy the most robust, reliable home broadband connection like me via our FiOS Internet service. 

 

Do you work from home?  If so, are you using video in your communications with co-workers or clients?  And how have consumer-based applications impacted the experience?  That’s what I’d like to hear about from you.  Let me know your experiences or anecdotes, good or bad – with bonus points for photos or videos of your home-based communications set-up (complete with your cat or dog). 

 

Email us at future.of.work@verizon.com; comment right here on this blog; or weigh in on other Verizon social media properties such as @verizonbusiness on Twitter and use the hashtag #VZFOW, or on the Verizon Business pages on Facebook. 

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