Working in Wi-Fi Limbo?

 

Interesting article about the urban nomad workforce:

http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/worklife/01/07/on.the.go.office/index.html?hpt=Sbin

This quote piqued my interest:

“Humans are inherently pack or herd animals — with even the most self-sufficient among us needing the assistance or nearness of others to occasionally keep us on course”

The article discusses that due to the increasing number of “limbo workers” in the workforce, companies are popping up that cater to these people and their needs. The basic idea is providing a communal physical space, a “home base” for these types of workers to touch down and have a sense of an “office”…work, hang out, enage in basic normal human interactions. While this idea is not new (I have friends who work for themselves and share office or studio space with other people), I find the evolution of this idea fascinating in the way that it starts to reframe how we value space:

I wonder if this trend will end up being a threat to places like Starbucks and other coffee shop-type places where these nomad workers tend to camp out. I’d love to see statistics on what percentage of Starbucks customers are only customers by default of Starbucks being their office. Could be a new workplace design trend…creating business centers within coffee shops and other retail establishments. Or is this already happening and I’m missing it?

Sort of on-topic, I came across this funny video while looking into this article a bit more:

http://improveverywhere.com/2008/02/25/mobile-desktop/

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  1. January 31st, 2010 - 11:01 pm

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