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The Office

By Steve Jones,

This editorial was originally published on Dec 29, 2010. It is being re-run as Steve is on vacation.

An article caught my eye. The majority of workers think they can be productive outside of an office in a survey conducted of 2,600 IT professionals. Most of the these people also said that they tended to work extra hours each day outside of the office. The majority also said they would take a lower paying job if they could access the information they needed outside the office.

That's actually a smaller percentage that I expected would want to work away from an office,  though more than I expected would actually take less pay to do so. As least in America, it seems that people are very concerned with their salary, and reluctant to ever take a pay cut. I'm glad it seems that some people are starting to understand that value of their time to themselves and their families.

It's hard to work at the office, as Jason Fried said recently in a TED Talk. I haven't worked in an office in some time, but I do remember a constant stream of interruptions. An hour of time without someone talking to you was rare, and I assume that the situation is similar with many knowledge workers today. We have people that we pay to think, and solve problems, but we don't give them the time to actually work on those problems.

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