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Kindred moves house…

16 December, 2010 - Source: Kindred


Nine-to-five is dead, of course. But ‘boundary-less working’ (a phrase coined to describe a way of working which combines technology and a comfortable disregard for a traditional working day or even workplace) is about dancing on the grave of core hours. 

Did you know though that it’s Generation Y (also known as Millennials and roughly indicating those born after 1970 but before 2000) who are most open to this type of working?  

There’s even a rather annoying word to describe the economy that has emerged as a result of this way of doing business: Bleisure. (Combining business + leisure time freely and without feeling at all bitter about it.)

It is now perfectly possible to do a decent day’s work without stepping foot out of the house. (Although difficult for doctors, vets, nuclear physicists and bus drivers, of course.)

Does this way of working signal the death of the traditional workplace?

During ‘snow week’, during which there were no London-bound trains for three days and I worked from home pretty successfully, I read a rather interesting feature on the Shard. (I was working simultaneously, of course.)

The Shard (which currently looks like an upside down ice-lolly) will cast a 300ft shadow over London Bridge station and be crammed full of swanky office space. Yup. Office space.

Walk east through the City and you can hardly hear yourself think for the noise as another new building goes skyward. UK cities are growing, not contracting. 
The fact is that, in spite of the Bleisure Economy, businesses, like people, need homes.

No matter what service you provide, organisations function more successfully when they have a fixed location. A base. An address. A locality. A pub up the road.

On a practical level, working remotely is great as a temporary fix, but people work best collaboratively.  In a space where they can share ideas, work as a team, and above all, not go mental looking at the dining room wall.

Of course, our ability to be flexible, adaptable, and happy to respond to emails from home/the pub/bed, post-6pm, is a good thing. But no matter how boundary-less we are prepared to be, we’ll still need somewhere to come back to at 9am on Monday.  

On that note, Kindred moves this weekend. The packers are hovering near my box of desk-mess. Here’s to our new Covent Garden home then. Adieu the Qube.e, we’ll still need somewhere to come back to at 9am on Monday. 

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