Em­brace re­mote work to beat grid­lock

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints -

Pic­ture a se­cure-linked lap­top bal­anced on knees, purring cat, hot espresso, bed-smelly py­ja­mas, combed hair for the cam­era, kids off to school. The quiet hum of sub­ur­bia. Tell me that you can’t achieve work tar­gets in sur­round­ings like that.

Tell your em­ployer to get with it, em­brace new tech­nolo­gies and let you work from home or at the very least a sub­ur­ban out­post (ditch the py­ja­mas and Tibby).

Any em­ployer who makes staff com­mute on con­gested Auck­land roads just to sit all day do­ing what they could achieve at home, should be made to pay for new in­fra­struc­ture.

Sure, there are jobs that re­quire the hands-on ap­proach — those jobs not yet taken over by KIT or HAL equiv­a­lents — but the ma­jor­ity of jobs need­ing a hu­man touch could be com­pleted re­motely. It is just a ques­tion of trust by the em­ployer and clear un­der­stand­ing of what should be achieved.

Hold off on ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture changes, un­til we have es­tab­lished why peo­ple travel and for what pur­pose.

Let­ter of the week G Robins, Orewa

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