This topic has probably been discussed ad nauseam, so I thought I would put my own spin on it. :)
For me, its about opportunities, expectations and guidance.
- New technologies give us the opportunity to stay connected pretty much 24/7.
- Opportunity is not the same as obligation. However, what new expectations does this connectivity raise? Are we expected to work and respond to messages 24/7? Are we also expected to work the traditional 8 to 5 work day?
- While we have the opportunity to work from home (or on the road), are we given the freedom to adjust our personal lives as well?
Organizationally, this disruption/opportunity in our business operations becomes a discussion of performance, efficiency and cost. In operations where performance is measured by face time, expectations are most likely not balanced with freedom.
What are the desired outcomes?
- Greater efficiencies and increased value for your organization.
- A richer personal life; one not constrained by time and location.
Being connected gives me opportunities to be more effective in my work, but I must make choices on how I use employ this technology. The choices are made in the context of my organizational priorities as well as my passion both for my work and my personal life.