What Does the 21st-Century Workplace Look Like?

I worked outside of the home for many years. I hated that I saw more of my co-workers than I did my family. For one two-year period, my work day and commute combined made for an 11-hour day. There were days when I sent my kid to school with a fever.

It always seemed like I was knocking myself out to pay for a home and a home life that I didn’t have the time or energy to enjoy and, in fact, was often forced to neglect. Unacceptable. So I did what I had to do to make my career portable.

If you read this blog, you’re probably already redefining the work paradigm. I’d like to hear from you about what the 21st-century workplace should look like.

I may soon be in a position to make decisions about teleworking for a staff. I feel very strongly that workers should have the option to work in or out of the office (or a bit of both).

I’m also very concerned about the burden the traditional work model places on the environment (commuting, powering facilities, maintaining equipment, etc.). The prospect of being able to design a life-friendly and earth-friendly company from scratch is very exciting.

I’m specifically interested in your views on how much time should be spent in and out of an office. I hope you won’t mind if I consult you in the future about other topics, such as what you miss most about working in an office and how you prefer to communicate with remote co-workers.

So what would be ideal for you? Would one day a week at the office be enough? Or none at all? Would you really like to be home just on Wednesdays because your kids get out of school early that day? Would getting away from office distractions every other week make you more productive?

I’m looking forward to your input! You’re the experts, after all.

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