The Moveable Workspace

Published Thursday, March 11, 2010 11:08 AM

By Carly Fadako

Where do you work?

This seems like a simple question. But, you might not have a simple answer if you are part of the growing population of workers who like me, call places such as airports, coffee shops and public parks the office.

With improved technologies and increased demand for workplace flexibility, it is projected that mobile workers could make up almost 75% of the US workforce by 2011.

If you are in this tribe of nomadic workers - by choice or otherwise - About.com's Catherine Roseberry  offers these Top 10 Remote Work Myths & Realities for your consideration. You can also refer to this list of 20 Crucial Tools for Working On-the-Go put together by SitePoint's Alyssa Gregory .

Whether you occupy your moveable workspace as a freelancer or as part of a virtual office community, you will benefit from mastering what Harvard Business Review blogger Gina Trapani calls the Art of Working Remotely. Among Trapani's tips are:

  • Sharpen your email skills
  • Use web-based collaboration tools
  • Set up regular voice or video chat check-ins

As law blogger Carolyn Elefant points out, mobile workers who conduct business in public spaces should also observe some basic rules of etiquette, such as:

  • Do not be a table hog
  • Bring an extension cord
  • Talk softly on your cell phone (or take the call outside)

 

Do you manage a team of mobile workers? You might find some helpful guidance in these Top 10 Strategies flagged by the folks at workshifting.com.

 


 

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