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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 07:06

Who Needs a Cubicle or an Office? I Work Where I Want!

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Back in the good old days of our grandparents, work was all about passion; they look for a good company and work there for the rest of their lives, and they consider it a great honor and privilege to do so, even if it is monotonous. This mentality no longer holds true for most in era of the mobile internet. There is now more emphasis on work-life balance, it isn’t all about work anymore but it is also about giving emphasis on your life with family, friends, and yourself. Basically the emphasis shifted from “I work because I love my job” to “I work so I have the money to do what I love”.

In the end, you can only choose one –work or life. These two things are like water and oil, they do not mix. When you are working, there is no family, there is only the job. At least that’s how it used to be due to “time and space” restrictions, i.e. you cannot go to your kid’s baseball game because it is during office hours and your office is not in the ball park. All this has changed with work from home/anywhere solutions brought about by the cloud computing paradigm.

Girl on Laptop - Source: Creative Commons: C. Frank Starmer
Source: Creative Commons: C. Frank Starmer

 

We are no longer restricted to work in the office because the only reason to work there is all work related stuff is there. But because of cloud solutions like hosted desktops, you are now able to access your office cubicle from anywhere in the world with an internet connection, totally making the office space obsolete to an extent by following PaaS parameters.  This means that you can finally work at the ball park during office hours, where your presence is more appreciated by loving family and friends. You can even start crunching away at those audits in your special accounting app through your smart phone or tablet and having a few done just before your son goes at bat. Or you could relax at a tropical beach while still being able to send in reports on time; you might still be working, but at least it’s in place with a beautiful view and not a monotonous room with artificial climate controls and boring people.