After the recession hit in 2008 and I was laid off, my desires shifted a bit when it came to my ideal working situation. To make ends meet, I would freelance and handle client matters by working from home. All I needed was my laptop, laser printer, cell phone and internet connection and I was in business!
I later went to work for a firm that “allowed” me to work from home on Mondays and Fridays. We were growing with personnel at the time and space became an issue, so I volunteered to give up my workspace for an intern who came in on those days. I could still work the same amount of hours, bill the same amount of hours and take the same amount of calls from the comfort of my own home and it was wonderful. Technology allowed all of this to happen.
I did not have to get dressed. I did not have to rush to NJ Transit to head int NYC and I could use my “break” time to wash dishes or do a load of laundry. Also, I did not feel anxious or upset with having to complete work assignments at 11:00pm, as I was in the comfort of my own home and not in an office wishing I was at home.
It was an ideal work situation for me at that time and it proved that work could be completed without necessarily having to be “in the office,” despite what Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer says. In fact, it should come as no surprise that the 2013 Regus Global Economic Indicator of 26,000 business managers across 90 countries, revealed that 48 percent of them are now working remotely for at least half of their work-week.
In support of what I learned from experience, and as highlighted in a recent Forbes.com article, here are eight “indisputable reasons we do not need offices.” Like to hear them, here they go!
New technologies are allowing employees to “connect to work,” meaning that the only thing we need to get our jobs done is an internet connection. From there we can access all the people and information we need to do our jobs. We can have virtual meetings, create assets (documents, presentations, or anything else), get updates from our team, and stay connected to our global workforce without daily face to face interaction. Additionally collaborative technologies allow us to work while we are on the go from our mobile devices.
New Generation Of Workers
Millennials are projected to be the majority of the U.S. workforce by 2020–just a few years away. This is a generation that is used to being connected. Millennials grew up with social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google and they are comfortable sharing and engaging with people and information; it’s a part of our daily life. This is a generation that doesn’t know what it’s like to get 200 emails a day while sitting in a cubicle. Organizations need to adapt to this employee.
A More Attractive Workplace
Chances are that if you were to ask someone if they would rather work from an office or from their home, they would say their home (or co-working spot). In a recent report released by my company Chess Media Group, we found that 90 percent of workers believe that an organization offering flexible work environments is more attractive than an organization that does not. For organizations that want to attract and retain top talent it almost seems essential that employees not be required to work full-time from an office.
Companies Save Money
Companies spend a massive amount of money on real estate space to house their employees. TELUS, a telecommunications company based in Canada, has a global goal of making a majority of their workforce work remotely either full-time or part time. They want to get rid of some of their massive buildings that they are spending a large amount of money on. Companies also have to spend money on office equipment, internet, amenities, and a host of other things. Depending on the size of the company the potential cost savings here is in the millions per year for a single company.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"