July 26, 2010 The New Age of the Digital Office
of·fice -noun: a room, set of rooms, or building where the business of a commercial or industrial organization or of a professional person is conducted: the main office of an insurance company; a doctor’s office.
I have been noticing that some companies have been dissolving the the physical office and creating a digital one. Coffee shops, restaurants, home offices are becoming workplace offices, we are seeing a trend of distancing employees from the physical business office to mobile offices. What I want to investigate is, are we more or less productive from staying away a common meeting place to interact with co-workers. In my mind, I feel bringing people together is ultimately most productive, but what if the work was still accomplished from afar?
For instance: IBM, who is now 10,000 employees strong, worldwide. How do they ever communicate across the world and still become productive? The answer is Second Life. A virtual world that has limitless possibilities, you can do whatever you want, literally. IBM has begun to teach employees how to use the game and navigate around in order to meet virtually and cut travel costs down tremendously.
However, I want you to watch chapter 7 of the Digital Nation, a PBS Series. Go here, and scroll to chapter 7. Or just watch the whole series to learn where this internet revolution is taking us.
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