Sitting on the train into London on a Friday, reading about the potential strikes on the underground and thinking about the future – as you do. Transportation into London can barely cope with peak hour traffic now, and we know that the Olympics is going to turn the difficult to the impossible. CIOs are starting to think about how they can keep their organisations functioning during that time next year and the logical answer is home working/ remote working and implementing the infrastructure to make it work. The Olympics are not just a couple of inconvenient snow days, so it will have to be a robust solution. We’ve talked about it for years, but the realistic number of home based staff is low, and the numbers on public transport is still increasing at an alarming rate – particularly if you are one of the ones that are elbowing for a seat!
Let’s add to that the consumerisation of IT – Power to the People – or to put it another way, the staff’s expectations of what can and should be done by their organisations.
So the prediction…the Olympics will start a sea change in working from home, and even those organisations who did not accept it in the past mostly for cultural reasons will now see an increasing proportion of their staff not coming back to the office in anything like the numbers they did before the Olympics. And we know in the war for talent, particularly in the South East, talented people will be able to argue that in this connected world, there is no reason to sit on London transport for 2 hours every day.
So, do you think I am off the mark?