Forrest Gump would be proud of how much running around the contemporary employee does. Most of us are now familiar with the feeling of being rushed off our feet, all in the name of service to the company that employs us. True, the decline of static working – with workers confined to one desk in one office – has made business a far more vibrant and exciting realm. It has driven how global commercial activity is conducted forward, and consequently created a more fluid, efficient economy. Yet the practicalities of working en route, or in other buildings – becoming an agile worker – can still present a conundrum.
The solution, as with so many other commercial dilemmas, is rooted in modern technology. So how would this agile worker lifestyle function in practice?
Many contemporary workers would have to admit that the first thing they do, post-getting up in the morning, is check their mobile. Many more would have to admit that it isn’t far behind. From the very beginning of the day, our agile worker is in tune with his connected devices – and likely receiving emails.
Eventually, the daily morning rituals give way to leaving the house and travelling into the office. The agile worker boards the train. If they are lucky enough to bag a table seat that morning, they have the perfect place somewhere to sit, prop up a tablet, connect to the Wi-Fi and answer those important early emails. When one of them asks to see a particular document the user has been working on, that’s no problem. The data is stashed on the company-affiliated cloud desktop. Accessing it on the train, or anywhere else for that matter, is a doddle. The document can be sent almost straight away. This is the beauty of the agile worker lifestyle.
Once More Into The Breach
Walking through the front door of the office…and there’s a posthaste meeting at 10am. To the boardroom! In classic style, the attendees will trickle in one-by-one, perhaps coffee in hand, and take their seats around the table. How often is it that one last person is missing, though? Possibly they’ve had to stay home and look after the kids. No matter to the agile worker; one may simple keep them in the loop with a video-conference. There they appear, face in high-definition, on the big AV screen dominating one wall. They can instant-message everyone onscreen; they can edit the same documents everyone else is working on. They may as well be in the room anyway. Crisis easily averted; everyone knows what’s happening and business continues without a feather ruffled.
Not settling in the office for long, the agile worker is used to being on the road. Say, for instance, that they go to meet a potential client. The pitch is always important. Delivering the presentation – painstakingly prepared – with flair, detail, and a suitably instructive flavour, will be crucial. Lest we forget, however: we live in the 21st century. Memory sticks are on the way out and the epitaph of floppy disks was composed years ago. Modern, reliable connectivity has paved the way for a cloud-based Internet of Things network. Within this network, all devices can be compatible with each other.
Presenting the relevant information to clients has never been easier. The device which first created the content becomes the direct conduit to presenting information, using the client’s hardware. The relevant data continues to follow the agile worker, as it did earlier in the day, via the virtualised cloud desktop. Simple.
We Work Where We Want
The meeting will end; hopefully the client will say they’re impressed. Yet there’s no call to hang around their premises any longer. With the office often a hell of a trek back, a company membership to a co-working space that’s much closer (such as WeWork, Huckletree or Second Home) highlights the joy of the agile worker lifestyle. One can just pop in there and operate as normal.
Co-working spaces are open, flexible and welcoming, and give the modern worker licence to regulate their own way of working. The people within them are intelligent and sociable; they can offer a fresh outlook on the world of commerce, or even present a new business opportunity. The technology supporting them is cutting-edge. The connectivity and fixed devices make working a flexible joy; the cloud provides a platform from which to access all relevant data. They near enough constitute the ideal working environment.
That said, when work is finished for the day it is time to head home. Of course, the daily routine described above can be disrupted by all manner of scenarios. We all know the feeling of knowing there’s a dratted train strike tomorrow. Working from home tomorrow is probably the most feasible option in that instance. That’s just as possible, and just as easy, as working on the train, in a client’s premises or in a co-working space. In the modern age, technology supports us just as capably from home as anywhere else – in the world. All the data needed is at the worker’s fingertips.
There Ends The Parable Of The Agile Worker.
The agile worker lifestyle is characterised by a looser reliance on the employer’s office space. That goes hand-in-hand with crucial data accessibility, unmitigated by geographical location or the particular devices one has to hand. It provides one with a platform to work flexibly, efficiently and productively, in a style well-suited to the demands of the modern economy. The work scenarios above are all too common, and can be severely obstructive. With the appropriate technological support, they can overcome those challenges with ease, and drive a business forward in the process. Agile worker need not even be a phrase in the near future. The life of the agile worker will be the life of the ordinary worker.
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