Quite a few years back when I told friends and family that I worked from home occasionally I got some strange looks and comments, along the lines of “You can do that..”. In my parents’ generation and even early in my working life you went out to work and came home to rest and play. Looks like the tables are now reversed. More and more people in all walks of life, locations and functions work from home on a part time and full time basis.
So what’s changed, well technology has given us obvious advantages, but also there has been a changing in attitudes around management, productivity, supervision, security. We are less concerned today about the impact the location has on the work being completed and more on the results of that work.
I sit at my desk today, (yep in the office) and look at a world map on my screen, dotted with the locations of thousands of cities and towns around the world, where individuals sit in home offices, studies, workspaces, connect to the web on desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones and complete work through our online systems for our customers. We will never meet, talk to or have coffee with this global crowd yet together we deliver services to our customers that 15 years ago would have taken 10 times as long, needed a physical facility the size of a football pitch and cost, well a lot more than it does today.
It’s interesting, now when I talk with people about working from home, or about being involved in global crowdsourcing, connecting with individuals from around the globe to get work done, they get it now. As a company we have been doing this for a while, so if you’re leading a large organization and the results and benefits of crowdsourcing are of interest to you, but you don’t know where to start or if you would like to work from home you can contact us, for more information please see www.thesmartcrowd.com