Posted on | March 13, 2012 | No Comments
It’ll be on a cell phone, tablet, or other mobile device.
Work will be everywhere you are.
You’ll access your work instantly and make decisions, provide advice, attend conferences, read and watch updated materials, approve and disapprove of daily activities, research product details, interact with customers, and – yes, make work-related phone calls – all from your cell.
You won’t need a desk. You won’t need an office. Your business won’t require a building.
It won’t need heat, electricity, water, sewage, or maintenance either. You won’t pay taxes on something you don’t own. You won’t pay for more space just to expand your capacity.
You won’t need a commute, a car, a parking space, or oil.
You’ll just grab your cell phone and solve a problem.
Of course, this very utopian picture of future of work relates to knowledge workers - people who exchange their knowledge, skills, talents, and ability for money.
If you’re not a knowledge worker then you’re trading your time for money, or, your physical labor for money.
Think about the competitive disadvantages as compared to the knowledge worker – what the laborer will have to spend as compared to the knowledge worker to keep working. Even working and owning a job will create expenses that are not born by a section of society: the knowledge class.
And if you’re a business owner … if you haven’t moved most of your business processes to mobile applications and platforms … and your competitor does, then you’re slower, unresponsive, and have all of those fixed cost structures your competitor got rid of. Your competitor can even attract and retain talent better than you can because, let’s face it, the employee is going to want to be unteathered from the office.
If you’re a worker, are you trading your time and labor for money? Or are you a knowledge worker?
If you’re a producer, are you ready to compete against virtual organizations with nearly zero fixed costs?