Developing a more rewarding work environment
Published: Jun 26, 2013
Have you ever woken up one morning and wished that you didn’t have to go into the office? Do you long for the freedom to work from home, the local coffee shop or even the beach? The technology to do this has existed for some time with laptops, Wi-Fi and smart phones, but working practices have remained virtually unchanged for the majority of people.
However, in his new book ‘Out of Office: Work where you like & achieve more’ Chris Ward suggests that this may be about to change. The author has worked with some of the most successful global brands and charities, creating successful businesses and helping to raise millions for good causes. In 234 pages he explains how switching on your ‘Out of Office’ is more than a life-changing attitude to work, and it certainly suggests opportunities for Bahamian small and medium-sized enterprises looking to improve their competitiveness at home and overseas.
Ward cites the Harry Potter books and Moshi Monsters (with its $100 million turnover) as examples where innovative ideas have been developed and globally successful enterprises born well outside the traditional office working environment. Even Barrack Obama composed his first presidential speech away from the corporate hub and it’s argued that offices aren't the creative or social environments they once were with extended networks just an e-mail away; along with an ever growing world wide web resource.
Learning from the smartest thinkers, ‘Out of Office’ looks to develop a more rewarding working environment as used by increasing numbers of successful entrepreneurs, business leaders, freelancers and flexitime workers with Ward providing advice on:
• Building effective networks;
• Ten tips for developing great working relationships;
• Creating and managing productive teams;
• Adopting the best ideas and learning into your working practices.
This is underpinned with case studies, motivational quotes and enthusiastic testimonies. However, while it should be acknowledged that not all careers allow for this level of freedom, it serves as a cultural indicator that the trajectory is towards more innovative ways of working with implications for cost reduction, resource management, productivity and business strategy.
So jump out of bed, give the office a miss, plug into The Bahamas broadband network which was recently confirmed as the best in the Caribbean and make something great happen.
• ‘Out of Office’ by Chris Ward and published by Blue Dot World.
Keith Appleton JP, BA (Hons), N.Dip.M, MInstLM has extensive experience within an academic, managerial and strategic leadership role. He is a member of the UK Institute of Leadership & Management and can be contacted at KeithAppleton@Hotmail.co.uk or follow him at twitter.com/WritingRightNow.