The old managerial comfort that comes from ‘eyeballing’ staff is a thing of the past being replaced by outcome measures and trust based relationships.
Over time employees realise the benefits to them and to the company are very significant and that it encourages a new, trust based relationship with their peers, colleagues and managers. Working backwards from the summer of 2012 leaves us a bit more than one year from now to make location independence an accepted, business as usual form of working. That requires new technology, new attitudes and new management practices.
It takes a little time for agile working to become the norm, something that is widely practised throughout a company and so accepted that it is hardly ever spoken about. Starting now on the journey gives enough time for it to become an everyday occurrence by the time the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games starts.
The immediate benefit will be less disruption during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The long term benefit is reduced costs; a less stressed, happier workforce; higher productivity and ironically improved communications for those that embrace the new network based collaboration tools.
Excellent BT Viewpoint article shows the benefits that accrue from not making all your workforce work together, but rather work “location independently”.