So, apparently we’re back on the “we must block access to personal email accounts” bandwagon at large law firms. At least they aren’t claiming it’s to keep people productive, that argument went out the window the day the first iPhone showed up at the office, and we no longer needed the company’s internet connection to…
Remember when social networks first came about, and the basic idea was that, as a user, you chose who you wanted to follow, and then your feed, or timeline, etc. showed you what just those people had shared, in reverse chronological order? Had they stuck with that, there would be a lot less to complain…
The only thing preventing most offices from being fully remote is simply a lack of know-how, or an unwillingness to commit to that change and design the workplace around it. Once you do that, what you’ll find is that rather than hoping for some magic collaboration, you decide who to invite to the table, and ask for their input, on purpose. Intentionally.
In other words, VW created a backdoor, and assumed that it would remain hidden. But it did not. Backdoors are bad, and anyone who thinks they should be required to allow law enforcement access should be forced to take personal responsibility when something like this happens. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160812/10515435227/volkswagen-created-backdoor-to-basically-all-cars-now-hackers-can-open-all-them.shtml Follow these topics: Links, Tech
Anything the government comes up with might protect workers from being required to work all the time, but the devil in the detail is how to allow workers to choose which hours they do work within that? It gets a bit messy, doesn’t it, and really isn’t that the issue with the government getting involved? It limits the possibilities by putting a defined “work” time, when what is really needed is the flexibility to figure out the best time, and location, that allows a worker to get what needs to be done, done, and still have a life that is outside of work. That’s going to look different for everyone, so there can’t be rules passed down from an outsider, there will need to be an understanding between workers, and management, on what works best for everyone, including when they will disconnect.
That does, of course, require some more effort and imagination. Are you up to it?