What Common Business Practice Will Horrify Our Kids Someday?
Answer: THE OFFICE. Work will be where we want.
Originally written by Jon Acuff
Remember when we had to work in offices?
â€œWe can’t let our employees work from home, or they won’t work hard.â€ Managers tell me this often, which at this point I tell them to fire those employees immediately. If the only thing that is preventing someone from devolving into a Netflix binge-watching slacker is the physical geography of your office, you’ve hired the wrong person.
In 20 years, we’ll laugh at the idea that work could only be accomplished in a cubicle after a soul-crushing commute and aggressively terrible break-room coffee. The office will never completely die, and face-to-face interaction will forever offer things virtuality cannot, but the office will transform into an occasional reconnection point, not a five-days-a-week destination. Instead of saying, â€œI’ve got to go to work,â€ we’ll say, â€œI’ve got to work,â€ and then we willâ€“ wherever it is that we find ourselves.
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Originally posted in Time Magazine’s Question Everything series, Acuff is a career expert and the author of Do Over.