A home office desk with laptop, screen and camera

The Future of Collaboration: Home Office or Corporate Office?

There seems to be a great alternative: Work from Anywhere.

The Debate: Home Office or Corporate Office?

The main argument against the ‘remote work model’ is the limited interpersonal connection.

Assuming that work location is not a constraint, relocating away from busy, noisy and expensive mega-cities becomes a valid and appealing option.

A desk arrangement with two screens and headphones — with coding environment on screen
A desk arrangement with two screens and headphones — with coding environment on screen

Knowledge Workers can Work from Anywhere

Face-to-face collaboration usually takes the form of whiteboard activity and unstructured discussions.

Working Remotely without a loss of ‘Human Connection’

Companies of the future will gradually abandon the paradigm of monolithic office buildings and the archaic nine-to-five model in favor of a fluid, flexible workforce, working literally from anywhere and across time-zones.

On the one hand, the ‘office hubs’ will host those teams that need to be collocated (for example, functions like logistics, manufacturing, etc.); on the other hand, they will host random, on-demand requests from remote, digital workers.

A ‘Team Digital Assistant’ , part of the online collaboration platform of the future, will be recommending or orchestrating regular physical meetings and related face-to-face business activities, based on the needs, the history, and the preferences of the team.

home office desk with screen and laptop in front of a window
home office desk with screen and laptop in front of a window

Team building events will soon get a new meaning and they will become more frequent, relevant, and useful — to balance the missing ‘human connection’.

From the Corporate Campus to On-Demand, Co-Working Space

Companies of the future will support their workforce, simply by using the best coworking spaces and collaboration facilities, on-demand — without the fixed cost of maintaining a fancy corporate space for all-at-the-same-time.

The Augmented Home Office

VR equipment with an implied use in a business meeting
VR equipment with an implied use in a business meeting

A good Home Office must also be ergonomically assessed to minimize the risk from MSDs and related health conditions

The Challenges

The world is changing — and this brings excitement, discomfort, problems, and opportunities — all at the same time. We all need to innovate and redefine the new work paradigm — the one that celebrates the fair and effective exchange of services and at the same time raises the quality of life and creates value for the society.

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