The debate over telecommuting that Yahoo has spurred raises an important issue, but it’s not simply about workplace flexibility or telecommuting, but rather the fundamental nature of work itself. By 2020, more than 40% of the US workforce will be so-called contingent workers, according to a study conducted by software company Intuit in 2010. That’s more than 60 million people.We are quickly becoming a nation of permanent freelancers and temps. In 2006, the last time the federal government counted, the number of independent and contingent workers—contractors, temps, and the self-employed—stood at 42.6 million, or about 30% of the workforce. How many are there today?
While I love the tactile appeal of analog systems, my usage of them is typically haphazard at best and I always wind up mostly relying on digital means of staying organized. So when Evan Leah Quinn posted a photo of her Filofax that kinda made me drool a little, I knew I had to pester her with a million questions about how she used it. Happily, she indulged me, and you can find all her answers below!
Can you introduce us to you + your biz?
I’m Evan Leah Quinn. I’m a digital strategist & designer/developer. I own a small studio called SixteenJuly. I work with creative and wellness-based small business owners to help them create brands that flourish on the web. My business turned 5 this year! Most of my days consist of coaching calls, designing websites & other brand assets, coding, and all of the regular details involved in running a business.I live on the seacoast of New Hampshire, in a drafty colonial I call my city cottage. In my (carefully scheduled) time off, I create mixed media art, take a lot of photos, spend a lot of time hiking in the mountains, and am currently really into bouncing on my mini trampoline while binge-watching Netflix. I’m obsessed with jellyfish and stationery (as you’re about to see).
One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your creative project is to pick a topic which is too big.As an artist and designer I keep making one mistake time and again. So if this article sounds like me giving advice to other creatives… it is actually an attempt to keep myself from making this mistake yet again.
Big topics often lead to small results, small topics foster great results.And here is why: Your project is limited by the time and energy you have.
How many times have I read how dreadful email is killing business, how much time was wasted just to be able to empty one’s inbox; I may even have contributed every now and then.
Email is to remain for quite some time simply because of the way we work. If you have ever viewed presentations or tutorials of Slack which is meant to literally kill emails you may have realized that the demo scenario is systematically a unique project everybody seems to be working on at the same time. In the real life it doesn’t work that way : everybody is assigned to work on sets of projects which one rarely shares with anybody else.
For generations, office kitchens were hidden out of sight, an unloved necessity kept stark to ensure that workers didn’t linger.
Now some companies are seeing office kitchens in a new light, turning them into gathering showplaces intended to boost morale, encourage collaboration and impress clients.”
At home, where does interaction happen? The kitchen,” said commercial interior designer Chris Coldoff, who tries to get people to do the same thing at work. “It’s about making personal connections: Starting conversations that lead to a lot of creative ideas.”
Innovation seems to be my new entity’s new motto, there is even a team dedicated to it. As I changed position in the course of this year I kept receiving, for a couple of months, news from my former entity where, what a coincidence, innovation is also emphasized.
I’m all for innovation being part of everyone’s scope of activity, I even wrote about purposely regularly dedicating a decent amount of time, to it . Making a common goal, a commitment that is shared by many, can only be more productive.
Of course, in order to achieve success, a bonus of … 500€ (maximum) was decided. That makes me cringe; excuse me but that’s a petty amount of money. It would be nice to have it in the pocket but hardly enough to make me seriously spend a reasonable amount of time for a good idea, if any thoughtful innovation is to be expected.
You give a little you get a little.
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“Virtual” teams—ones made up of people in different physical locations—are on the rise. As companies expand geographically and as telecommuting becomes more common, work groups often span far-flung offices, shared workspaces, private homes, and hotel rooms. When my firm, Ferrazzi Greenlight, recently surveyed 1,700 knowledge workers, 79% reported working always or frequently in dispersed teams. Armed with laptops, Wi-Fi, and mobile phones, most professionals can do their jobs from anywhere.
In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future.
He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Then he noted that the technologies that make such abundance possible are allowing production of far more output using far fewer people.
On all this, Summers is right. Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; robots will drive our cars, manufacture our goods, and do our chores.
There won’t be much work for human beings. …