It has taken me seventeen years to freely admit…I work from home. There – I said it! Thankfully the times have changed and the social stigma has come a long way as more folks are taking the plunge to telecommute. Today it has even become more ‘earth friendly/budget friendly’ with some organizations encouraging folks to work offsite. My first home office was a room that doubled as an off-season clothing closet in our basement. Let me just say that it was a grand day when I ‘came out of the closet’ and moved to the main floor into a space with natural light. Technology in my 1995 office has come a long way. It is more stable and has become more effective. My technical service guy (aka electrical engineer husband) is a much happier person these days as his day is not peppered with my panic phone calls. When I think back to the early days of this emerging trend, it is funny because it was common practice for folks to play ‘office sounds’ audio in the background to ensure no one learned of their secret.
This past summer, my technical dream came true when I found the new Bell air card that allows me to work anywhere in 4G.The device is ready for the new LTE platform while some areas I work from are not quite there yet.(I’m patient.) As an early adapter to the Rogers Rocket stick over four years ago, I thought life was good then as I was able to get rid of dial up. Interesting how along the way, it has become an expectation that we have the technology we need, to do the things we need to do.It is no longer a luxury but a necessity to have access to the internet. When Facebook is the #1 way folks keep in touch with family and friends when they are away from home – you know things have changed.
In the last two years, the hospitality industry has come to understand that it is no longer a ‘luxury’ to have internet connection – everywhere. Soon paying extra for internet will seem as odd as having to pay extra for a TV in the hotel room. The new trend this moment is detailed usage plans while that (oops!) is now already – normal. Visit our Facebook page and let us know the trends you are noticing.
PS. Great website on the progress and innovation of how and where we work: http://www.newwow.net