Remote working

We have read a great deal about this and a recent survey indicates that over 140k people define their work as remote. This seems very large in and Irish context. Further work will be done on this to establish the validity and types of work. A great organisation growremote is working on this with government bodies and are to be commended.

There are some worries on this front too however. Many individuals find that working remote is a bit lonely. They seem to miss the interaction with colleagues and the plain old banter of the world of work. This is helped by joining in and using coworking places. Thankfully these are spreading all over the place. It is critical that employers help support these for the well being  of their team members and also for their own sucess .

As usual the idea of remote working is turning into a blend of working at home, working in coworking centres and other facilities and attendance at the central place of work. (If one actually exists!)

The opportunities in this area are growing and changing by leaps and bounds. Increasingly it is being found that open offices, multitudes of meetings, and micromanagement are actually reducing  productivity. Present day remote workers are a bit like evangalists and are making new ground. Turst is the key to future success in this area.

Changes in management skills and also in employee skills will be needed to make sure that remote workers are managed well and feel a productive and valuable part of an organisation. That is a two way street. Thankfully there are more and more people reporting about their direct experiences and the good and bad apples in the barrell.

The future of work in the workplace seems to be moving. There will be more automation of routine works. Some evidence based decision making will change too as computers will be able to consider more variables than us poor human brains. We see this in reports of improved early diagnosis of skin cancers by machines rather than by Doctors.   So work will change at the basic end and at the high end. ( in terms of perceived value rewarded per hour)

New skills will be needed and we will all need to adapt. But that is what we are good at. So no fears, onwards!

 

Rural Tourism #smartrural

When travelling through Spain and France lately many beautiful sites had cafes with outdoor terraces. Really pretty and cool in the heat. However nearly all had signs saying there was no service on the terrace. So many many visitors went in , bought what they wished and took it to the terrace to eat.

The owners could not manage the staffing of the terraces as they had no idea when people might arrive, how many might arrive. They really wanted to give a better experience to their guests and also would like to give some work to someone.

So when #smartrural is up and running it should be possible to give some advance warning or at least use some algorithms to try to assist owners when demand might rise.

A combination of weather forecasts, historical information on visitor numbers, nearby events, special promotions in local attractions,  opening hours, traffic movements out of cities, should all provide information to give service providers advace warning that would enable them to adjust staffing levels, food purchases etc etc.

This information is all there, it just needs to be brought together and used. There is little doubt that if it was working then the experience of customers would be better and this might make them return more frequently. #smart rural

 

4 Game changers in Property

So what a fast moving world we are seeing now in the property sector. . Watch for huge changes here. There are so many movers and shakers here, each trying to be be the one to disrupt this industry.  Some wil succeed. No old business models are safe as knowledge, technology, and lean and agile management take hold.

We are watching 4 companies at the moment who have all received major funding to drive the space they are in to a disruptive place.

These are WeWork, now the largest office owner in New York. The company has gone to market looking to sell a $500m bond. It released some eye watering figures in its pitch:  220,000 users, 255,000 desks in 20 countries, revenue per person of just under $7,000. They commited to pay over $5billion in rent by

Lemonade- seeking to disrupt the hundreds of years old home insurance business. They also ahve just announced a signup with Roomi.

Open Door- What is this model about?? They are buying, buying, buying.

Katerra- a new development company with huge ideas. Buy your home directly from the people that built it.  The roofers, blockies, window fitters. carpetners, plumbers, sparks, painters , kitchen makers , designers, enginners, etc etc.  all on technology to speedup development and reduce waste.  Lean mean cosntruction driven by the diverse really skillful teams.