Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Offices are not meant to keep us secure

"...we must continue to find ways to help meet the challenges of balancing work and home life. You can be sure that I will continue to fight for our nation’s families."  
-Lynn Woosley, Congresswoman for California

Being a parent does make it difficult to balance work and family and commuting hours a day to work makes it so much more stressful - especially if you know you could being doing that work at home or anywhere using an internet connection. So why do we still do that? Could it be because both the employer and the employee believe it safeguards their jobs? Those days are gone!

The Twilight Zone episode
The Shelter
Scene from the Twight Zone The Shelter - busting open the shelter's door.

The Shelter is about a doctor (Bill) who builds a bomb shelter in his basement to save his family in the advent of a nuclear attack. The disaster shelter becomes the obsession of his neighbors who, upon hearing of an impending nuclear bomb, break into the shelter so that they can protect their families, too. The threat turned out to be a false alarm, but not until the neighbors nearly destroy each other breaking into the shelter and then fighting over space and food - all in quest of  "safety".

That was 1960, it's 2012 now.

Hurricane Katrina proved that without text messaging, many people would have lost their lives. Landlines were down and cellphone calls were clogged. An organization's Disaster Recovery Plan should include texting... and it's efficiency plan should include virtual workers. In this century, if you work in technology, you don't "go to the work", the work goes to you wherever you might be. It's better for the worker, the employer, and the environment not to commute to work when the work can come to you.

“Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.” Albert Einstein

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