Ditching The Office

from the some-good,-some-bad dept

A few years back, we went from what had been a virtual office to actually having a real office. Yet, since the company had been virtual for a while, we've maintained something of a hybrid between a virtual office and a real office. Not everyone goes into the office all the time (some of our employees aren't local, though the majority of them are). Some rarely go into the real office at all. Still, there are days when we do try to make sure that everyone's at the office, and that can be quite useful. However, Wired is suggesting that more companies ditch their offices completely and move entirely to a virtual office arrangement. I can understand the appeal, but I think that a hybrid approach may work much better. There are times that having a real office space is quite useful, such as in allowing for more impromptu brainstorming and discussion. It also opens up the lines of communication much more. While our staff is good at using instant messaging, chat rooms and phone calls, there have been times when just sitting across from one another has helped get things done more quickly. Both the real office and the virtual office have pros and cons, but I'm not sure that it makes sense to go completely to one extreme or the other. Having a space that can function as an "open office" area, while allowing employees to telecommute most of the time seems to create a nice balance.

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    crystalattice (profile), 29 Oct 2008 @ 10:28pm

    An office gives you a chance to connect

    I think hybrid is the way to go. Telecommuting is good in so many ways, but people able to get together and have a good BS session is also good.

    So many ideas can get thrown around when people just hang out together. Having a place to go and chat is great. Usually digitial communication is used as a tool to accomplish a purpose, at least for business people. But it doesn't meet all the needs a person has.

    Being able to order a bunch of pizzas and just talk is important for many reasons: the human need for belonging, affirmation of self, non-verbal cues, etc. Not to mention how many ideas or problems can be discussed without the pressure of "work" being on the mind.

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