We used to have offices because we defined work within constraints of both time and place. We had set working hours and locations that shaped how we worked.
But in recent years tools have become available to enable us to work differently, and the concept of the office is rapidly becoming dated. Start-ups and innovators were already finding new paths, but it took Covid-19 to accelerate change more widely across the board.
So as we look forward to the end of lockdown, what will the office become? Will there be a permanent change in our concept of where, when and how work happens?
Where you are is less important than making things happen
Covid has taught people to work in a distributed way. And if you can work with your team anywhere, why not employ people globally? Distributed working makes national boundaries irrelevant, and legal and financial compliance is not the headache many fear. Adaptavist was founded in the UK, but now more than half of our people are based in other countries. We benefit from the best of global talent, diversity in thinking and a follow-the-sun operating model. There’s no reason this thinking can’t apply to knowledge-based business, leading ultimately to global campuses of home offices.
Working when you want makes time zones irrelevant
Say you worked nine-to-five in the UK because those were the company rules. This means you could never work with someone based in California because your day finished as theirs began. When you can work when you want, as long as the job gets done you can organise your time to get the best results for your tasks and your life.
Unlocking the workflow constraint
Digitally transformed businesses have cultures that allow them to adapt to threats and opportunities. Adaptive organisations do not need change to always come from the top down – ideas can come from anywhere when people can collaborate with each other. For this to happen, information needs to flow freely and across business functions. A DevOps approach to business will help organisations with continual experimentation and learning so they can adapt to thrive, whatever the future holds.
To find out more about agile business transformation visit www.adaptavist.com