For some, working in an office with the traditional 9 to 5 schedule isn’t practical.
Challenging traffic conditions cause workers to sit in the car for two to three hours each day. Families with two working parents have to deal with sick kids and summer vacation. Sometimes it comes down to personal preference: some people work better outside the traditional structure of an office setting.
Whatever the situation, it’s clear that having workplace freedom is a perk that most employees highly value.
Ever since Steve Jobs gifted the world with the iPod and changed the music industry forever, it became the norm for people to have at least one earbud in at all times. Music emerged as the sidekick to routine activities—with “1,000 songs in your pocket” you could listen to a playlist all day and not repeat a single song! Headphone culture was born and consumer electronics was forever changed.
More than ever before, human beings could control our environment. It didn’t matter what was going on around us; we could put on our favorite song and be inspired right there at the DMV. We could let our music overcome us and start dancing while walking down the street.
This all sounds great... when you don’t have any compelling responsibilities. What about when you need to stay focused at work?
If you, a team member, and/or a supervisor already work in different cities – great, this article is for you. If you are going to be in this situation soon – great, this article is for you. If you think you will never be involved in a virtual work relationship – you really need to read this article.
Ready, set, innovate! That was the goal of corporations when they mimicked the design of open office plans that successful start-ups of silicon valley adopted in the early 2000's. The cubes came down and spur of the moment collaborations would result in breakthrough ideas. Yet open office spaces, which seek to foster collaboration, have inadvertently created environments that contribute to unwanted noise and distractions. Still wondering why you can't get any work done? Read on to learn more about how you can achieve flow.