Earlier on today, I was at home looking in vain for the little usb cable for my new camera (Lumix TZ3). I couldn’t find it so thought I must have left it in my office. The trouble is I seem to be collecting office space at the moment and I’ve been at each of them in the last week. I have my European (I guess it could be worldwide) head quarters 🙂 at the end of my garden (hand built by myself a few summers back). I also have space at the University of Kent and Canterbury, kindly donated by a grateful client. Add to the list a desk at my main client’s site, and of course my official business address in London which comes with an on demand hot desk. Most of the professionals I work with on engagements are home based and as yet I’ve not had a client ask to visit my premises. I wouldn’t know which one to choose anyway.
This got me thinking. It’s really happening, the workplace of the future. A few years ago I read an article about how businesses of the future would be more flexible in their approach to location and the space they occupied. Their employees would work from home or hot desks near customers. As a result their carbon and financial footprint would be greatly reduced.
I do kind of miss going to the same office every day, the banter with colleagues and the predictability of it all. Flitting between locations based on need and mood has its advantages but is prone to leaving a trail of tiny usb cables and gadgets in various parts of Kent and London.
So where do you guys and girls work? Are you based at home, a combination of places or do you go to the same office every day?