Home: The Future of the Software/IT Office

There have been many lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent lock downs and government-enforced social distancing, and for software/IT companies, one of those lessons has been that, yes, your entire staff can function fully and work successfully from home.

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The one thing about working from home that seldom gets mentioned in any article of this type, but is perhaps one of its most important aspects is honesty and accountability: Your boss can’t see if you’re sitting at your desk and doing your job. Back in the late 1990s, I took a position at a publishing company as a writer/researcher/editor. I was allowed to work from home. On my first day, my boss said to me, words to this effect: It’s all about trust.

A prediction of the future…

I’m a technical writer for a software company, I’m not a futurist or a soothsayer, but I’ve worked in offices long enough to see the changes and subtle shifts in dynamics, the evolution of the work space, so I’ll make an educated stab at what the future might bring.

Things change

Consider this. Before I went to university, straight out of high school, I had a couple of years working in a bank. There were 30 people working in that bank branch, about the size of a small apartment, and there was only ONE computer. The guy sitting next to me smoked at his desk and addressed women staff by their bra cup-size (I imagine he’s now living out his days grazing in some Jurassic park retirement village). Everyday, a herd of people would come and go from that office: to get cash, bank cash and checks, get a bank balance, pick up a new check book, and so on. It was a busy place to work.

Writer, etc.

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