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Intranet Advent Day 7 – Why we still need offices in a digital workplace

Intranet Advent Day 7 – Why we still need offices in a digital workplace

Advent 7We’re counting down to Christmas with a stocking-filler tip every day.

Hoping to get snowed in this December so you don’t have to go into the office? An effective digital workplace gives us the potential to work wherever we wish, but the office is still the environment of choice for many of us.

I’m sure you’ll have seen one of the many articles about people who run their business from a tropical beach, but you have to wonder how many of those businesses involve running a blog about how great it is to work where you like. For the rest of us, the novelty would soon wear off as your keyboard fills up with sand and the power cable fuses in the lapping azure sea.

The beach digital workplace

And have you actually tried using a modern screen in the sunlight? All you see is yourself.

the park digital workplace

Even the notion of being productive on a daily commute can be challenging when many would be happy to merely have a seat.

The train digital workplace

This brings me to cafes, often touted as the ‘third place’ (after the office and home) and a source of stimulation for the creative executive. The wifi is good, the coffee even better, and many thrive on the background chatter. Just don’t expect to enter a state of contemplative flow with all that noise around you.

The cafe digital workplace

So with all of your colleagues working abroad, on the train and in coffee shops, perhaps the office isn’t such a bad place to get some quiet, productive work done after all. It’s almost like it was designed for that purpose isn’t it?

The office digital workplace

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Sam Marshall

I'm the director of ClearBox Consulting, advising on intranet and digital workplace strategy, SharePoint and online collaboration. I've specialised in intranets and knowledge Management for over 19 years, working with organisations such as Unilever, Astra Zeneca, Akzo Nobel, Sony, Rio Tinto and Diageo. I was responsible for Unilever’s Global Portal Implementation, overseeing the roll-out of over 700 online communities to 90,000 people and consolidating several thousand intranets into a single system.

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