Most of us, or perhaps, many of us would take their first coffee en route to work. Sipping it while catching the bus, train or while driving. A commute that’d typically take anywhere from 15 min to 1.5 hours either way. All to be there on time, sit at your desk (with adjustable height, if you’re lucky enough), read e-mails, reply, attend meetings, print paper, chit-chat with your colleagues and have another half a dozen cups of coffee until you exhaust both the beverage and stationary supplies in the office. Then you’d take the same journey back.
Nostalgic, isn’t it? Since the pandemic took reign, such routine has lived in memories. We have enjoyed the comfort of jumping from bed to the laptop, saving the precious time for family… or doing more work. We’ve all seen that travelling through the chaos of traffic is not necessary to open the same laptop, to click the same buttons, to wear the same headset. Yes, it’s forced upon us, meanwhile unboxing a possibility that has always seemed in the SciFi realm. But, do we, realize our impact on sustainability?
It’s critical to reduce the traffic load on a modern city. This can only be achieved if daily commuters’ routines change. Despite some criticism of a traditional office day above, I understand the importance of social engagement – both for the people’s health and for the business. It is clear now that people want to go back to office. Future of work seems to become a hybrid of some ratio between in-office and remote. In this new world, we will need to come up with smarter solutions than simply allowing employees to work from home a couple of days a week.
How smart? What is smart? Well, let’s get back to commuting. First of all, we all need to figure out when and why people need to be in the office – which is transforming into a co-working space. Teams, Managers, business partners need that place to build relationships, rapport and maintain company culture. For enterprises, it’s like a Dojo. For teams, it’s an opportunity to catch up and regroup. Let’s agree, none of these must begin at 8:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM, daily.
Remote doesn’t necessarily mean working from home. It’s not always feasible. People still need peace of mind, ergonomics and the ambiance to perform. This is quite common. However, you don’t need to travel to the other end of the town or even relocate into the city to be in an office. Co-working spaces can become more distributed, affordable and flexible. It can be in your area. You will get secure internet, meeting rooms, a height-adjustable seat and your beloved coffee 10 minutes cycling distance away from your home. Companies can make agreements, even rent spaces in those spaces for their employees. Desks can also be shared among people.
Flexibility – this wonderful word, if applied, will do wonders. It can have much bigger impact on cities than if all cars were replaced with buses and cyclists. Combined with other measures, flexibility of workplace will make sustainability itself sustainable.
There are plenty of solutions for digital collaboration, for managing time and space nowadays. Ultimately, it’s a conceptual change that should start in minds, and possibly, in hearts. It is a movement. We are determined to make impact with our solutions for the greater good. We will drop our two cents to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs).
At the end of the day, sophisticated does not have to be complicated.
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