Here’s a question for you: What time do you work best?
- First thing in the morning
- After a morning coffee
- It depends on whether the kids wake up on-time for school or I’ve just returned from a business trip to Uzbekistan
If, like me you’re ‘d’ then a company like Hable is the ideal place for you to be the best you can be. We’re super bendy!
Due to the nature of my previous role there was very little flexibility – I was a school teacher so even my trips to the ladies’ room had to take place between 10:40-11am and 1:40-2pm. And now? my ‘office’ is currently carriage A seat 55 on a train back home from a client office which means I can get back to them much quicker. I don’t need to wait until I’m back in a building, rush to complete a document because the caretaker wants to close the building for the night or book leave for a doctor’s appointment (I can actually work from the waiting area if I wanted to!). Obviously, this is role specific and not everyone’s role is 100% bendy but some are close thus making a virtual company a great place for those who can’t or don’t want conventional office hours (Henry Ford was one of the first to introduce this in 1914, over 100 years ago – yep, over 100 years ago, need I say more?). Here’s an extract from Mel (Project Manager) about how she typically works in 2019:
Working for Hable means I’m able to do the school run most days, watch the assemblies and be at school events. I couldn’t imagine being able to balance this with a 9 – 5. At work I want to be there when I need to be and throw myself in to it – which isn’t always easy when you have a sick child or a school performance to watch.
I have learned that I don’t need to be at my desk all day every day, that with the right tools (cloud technology) and approach, I really can work anywhere. I make sure I’m at home when I need to be (still trying to work out how to mute the dog though!) but I’m now confident that I can work well away from my ‘desk’.
I’m using my phone for emailing, messaging and meetings in Teams (which has been an invaluable tool on a recent project) and editing shared documents on the go; in the school playground, at Waitrose, at a Brownies party and lots of other scenarios I’d never have imagined!
I’m delighted that I’ve been able to embrace the technology (I’ve been taught by the best!) to make the impossible seem possible. It’s also shown me that you don’t need to be in an office to feel part of the team. We have a great team at Hable and I feel lucky to be part of it.
I remember working for companies where employees weren’t permitted to work from home. Ever. A bum on a seat in front of the boss’s office doesn’t increase productivity but empower an employee to find a blend that’s suitable and they’re sure to bring their A game. Not every role allows such flexible working and not everyone wants to work outside of the conventional 9-5 but with the advances in technology and modern lifestyles surely it just makes sense?
If companies have hired the right people, they can save money by having a happier more productive workforce and cut travel costs. That’s motivation right there! If you haven’t already, switch to the cloud, get more virtual and a little bendy.
Please note I haven’t just returned from Uzbekistan but some of my lucky colleagues have and you can read all about it here
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