“This is my workplace”

I was invited at a workshop last week by one of the big telecom companies. One of the presenter had in front of him

  • one laptop
  • one Iphone
  • one mobile phone
  • one headphone

He said: “This is my workplace and I do all my work using only these devices”.

No more desktop, no more land lines to give a call, no more physical desk, less face to face meetings, less travel costs,…

Anything, anywhere, anytime!

The ubiquitous Intranet.

This raises the bar for the digital workplace which is now at the center of the enterprise.

Is this the way to go?


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Passionate about the digital workplace (defined as the sum of collaboration, social media and the Intranet). The postings on this site are my own.
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3 Responses to “This is my workplace”

  1. Impressive! The really interesting thing is that the more people move towards this “mobile working” approach, the less face-to-face contact they’ll have with other people sitting beside them in an office.

    Which will make them even more reliant on electronic ways of working, communicating, collaborating and socialising. We’ll have to improve our intranets quickly to keep up!

  2. EphraimJF says:

    We need to find a balance between the shift towards mobile access and the benefits of offices and full sized screens.

    While intranets and enterprise software tools need to become accessible on mobile phones and from anywhere, some work is best done at a large screen with a full keyboard. I actually have two monitors on my desk at work and fine that hugely helpful. And live, in-person meetings with colleagues allow a type of seamless and robust communication that cannot be replicated.

    We live in a globalized world. Many jobs are best completed by road warriors or can be done from home more easily and more cheaply than from a cubicle in an office. Intranets need to accomodate this, but let’s not throw out the baby with the bath water.

  3. I agree with all the above.

    Plus, very important, we need to learn and help spread a new digital work etiquette. Some examples where I have personally seen things go very wrong:
    How to run virtual meetings.
    How to avoid misunderstandings in 140 character communication.
    How to bring people out who are not the loudest on their internal social networks.

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