It seems that with all the communication technology we have today, working from a home office should be a much more feasible option for many people.
Think about it: when you're at the office, how often do you make actual physical contact with people? Hands are shaken occasionally, but with day to day associates, its super rare.
So my question is why can't people work from home 80% of the time if they have an appropriately equipped and connected home office?
I envision a hardware/software suite that handles video conferencing, file sharing, real time editing, instant messaging, ‘door knocking’, etc... Basically, any action, solo or collaborative, performed at the office translated to an 'e' equivalent.
I know the technology exists (web cam, multiple screens, screen sharing, tablet writing, the bandwidth…), but I don't know of any companies that have orchestrated these technologies to be used for a “business of home based employees”. (Air tran has created something cool for their customer service, but its custom in-house developed.)
This is something I've talked to many people about, and I haven't found a typical office interaction that can't be accommodated with technology. There will be some adaptation required and getting people together on various occasions is important. I’m not advocating ZERO real face-to-face interaction. But I believe having the typical '5 days in the office, 40 hours per week' routine is very outdated.
I watched 'An Inconvenient Truth' the other night and its inspired me to pursue this possibility further. I think there are MANY benefits (individually and environmentally) and the risks can be mitigated with some good forethought, training and consideration.
What do you think? Does anyone know of a company who's doing or working on this? Anyone feeling entrepreneurial? :wink:
Your insights are appreciated!