Remember when we had to work in offices?
“We can’t let our employees work from home, or they won’t work hard.” Managers tell me this often, at which 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. (Software developers realized the folly of this in 2002, but we refused to listen.) 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, “I’ve got to go to work,” we’ll say, “I’ve got to work,” and then we will—wherever it is that we find ourselves.
Acuff is a career expert and the author of Do Over