This is the title of an entertaining and provocative TED talk by Jason Fried who believes that the the office isn’t a good place to work. He refers to the big problem as M&M’s – managers and meetings. He offers 3 provocative suggestions as to how we can be more productive and creative in offices. Jason Fried is the co-founder of 37signals, makers of Basecamp and other web-based collaboration tools, and co-author of Rework.
I was taken with this especially after the past week seeing people perform acts of heroism to physically get into ‘work’ , i.e. their offices. Just what did they do in the short time that they were there? And how much work was achieved by those who chose to stay home? Offices are a bizarre leftover from the Industrial Revolution in which products and then people have to be quality controlled and managed. And how much do these places cost? I will be posting much more over the next few months on the the nature and future of work and what comes next after the age of the job. The latter by the way is at most 200 years old. Watch this space and also lets invite people to discuss this on our portfoliocareers linked in group.