Embrace remote work to beat gridlock
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