The UK department of Transportation is starting to encourage companies to find way to work away from the office. Their report, Alternatives to Travel: Next Step, deals with not only business travel, but also to commuting by office space workers.
The forward begins:
"When people look back on the early years of the 21st century they will no doubt puzzle over a curious anomaly.
Ours is an age that has given rise to communications technologies of dazzling sophistication. An era that did more than merely reduce the distance between A and B but, thanks to innovations like tele conferencing and instant messaging, removed it altogether.
Yet, to date, our approach to alternatives to travel - whether working from home, staggering office hours, or using web conferencing - has not kept pace with the benefits available. Most of us still take the same crowded bus or train to work with barely a nod to the freedom of flexible working or the versatility of the video conference.
But the purpose of this report is not to press the case for any one method of travel. It is not to argue that you should stay at home or invest in the latest gizmo. Instead, it seeks to challenge inflexibility. The insistence on doing things because that's the way they've always been done."
There are also an interesting case studies, including one on Microsoft employees in the UK, of which 90% work flexibly.
Over the past few years we have been seeing a fast change in workstyles and workplaces to meet those style. I expect that to continue.
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