I believe there are valuable lessons that corporations can take from web workers to help their employees adapt in the future. After all, many of our struggles will be experienced by corporations and their employees over the next few years as more of them adopt flexible working practices.
My latest post over on GigaOM Pro, “Making Coworking Corporate-scale,” (subscription required) is an exploration of how the coworking model could be adapted by corporations for use down the road — though shared coworking campuses — and the benefits it could provide. I also identify some of the aspects of coworking that can be applied today.
For a lone freelancer, coworking provides many benefits: an office-like location away from the home, networking opportunities and more. For corporations, a coworking model could provide increased flexibility, an enhanced spirit of innovation and collaboration, and lower real estate costs and facilities management overhead.
And coworking’s not the only thing from the current web working world that could be adapted for corporations. I envisage common web worker time management and productivity tricks like Getting Things Done (GTD) and the Pomodoro Technique, for example, working just as well in larger organizations. There’s also the range of technology and web apps that we use — particularly for remote collaboration — that could prove useful if adapted to work on a corporate scale.
WWD readers are at the cutting edge of web working. What else can corporations learn from your experiences?