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post Jan 4 2018, 08:46 PM
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Let's face it, the rail service is in a semi derelict state and has been for as long as I can remember. As someone who used to commute regularly I have lost track of the number of times I have ended up sitting on my briefcase, on the floor, simply because there was no where else to sit. Plus the number of times when the train broke down, rails broke, signals broke or any number of other delays. There seems to be a collective folk memory, much like people telling you " in my day, we had proper summers" of little Choo choos puffing contentedly along pristine tracks all three quarters full of smiling commuters. I don't think it's ever been like that. And with a rising population, greater centralisation of jobs into the major towns and cities it's only going to get worse.


Yes, indeed what was nostalgically regarded as the best commuter pre nationalised Southern Railway had serious passenger complaints almost from the day it was set up. We still haven't solved the morning and evening peak issue rather as you imply, it's just got worse.

Ironic really, with today's ability to properly work at home round the clock and the IT lead shrinking of the old monolithic business enterprises, why do so many still need to flock to node towns every day within a fairly rigid time bandwidth?

The next revolution?


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post Jan 4 2018, 08:52 PM
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QUOTE (On the edge @ Jan 4 2018, 08:46 PM) *
Yes, indeed what was nostalgically regarded as the best commuter pre nationalised Southern Railway had serious passenger complaints almost from the day it was set up. We still haven't solved the morning and evening peak issue rather as you imply, it's just got worse.

Ironic really, with today's ability to properly work at home round the clock and the IT lead shrinking of the old monolithic business enterprises, why do so many still need to flock to node towns every day within a fairly rigid time bandwidth?

The next revolution?


Im sure you have experienced a Skype meeting at home where people are joining from all over the world?

Thats why people still go to the office.
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post Jan 4 2018, 10:23 PM
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jan 4 2018, 08:52 PM) *
Im sure you have experienced a Skype meeting at home where people are joining from all over the world?

Thats why people still go to the office.


Oh yes; I suspect that's the point, we simply haven't yet adapted to the technology. Same sort of issue with many other things. For instance, why do we still have magazines? it's not only an end user issue, it's also a formatting 'look and feel' problem. Going to take awhile, but we'll get there. Little steps at a time.


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post Jan 4 2018, 10:57 PM
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Oh yes; I suspect that's the point, we simply haven't yet adapted to the technology. Same sort of issue with many other things. For instance, why do we still have magazines? it's not only an end user issue, it's also a formatting 'look and feel' problem. Going to take awhile, but we'll get there. Little steps at a time.

Dont get me wrong. Skype is great. But I still like to socialise and meet with my fellow colleagues. I like work. Sad I know!!!!
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post Jan 5 2018, 06:56 AM
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Dont get me wrong. Skype is great. But I still like to socialise and meet with my fellow colleagues. I like work. Sad I know!!!!


This issue probably deserves its own thread. For me, you've hit the nail on the head. Nothing wrong with liking work; it could be argued that this ought to be a key responsibility of a good manager; ensuring the team like work because clearly that delivers sustained quality and productivity. One of the ways to this is to use the oft forgotten social need fulfilled by many through work. Massive question, then, would it be worth encouraging people working not at home, but in a very local environment, where several others albeit for different organisations, do their work in the same place? Each individual worker electronically in touch with his own co-workers, who he meets face to face only when strictly necessary.


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post Jan 5 2018, 10:50 AM
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Massive question, then, would it be worth encouraging people working not at home, but in a very local environment, where several others albeit for different organisations, do their work in the same place? Each individual worker electronically in touch with his own co-workers, who he meets face to face only when strictly necessary.


This is precisely what one guy at my company does currently. Our main office in the UK is near Newbury but he works out of a Regus office where he lives in Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire with people from other companies. It appears to have been working quite well for him for the past few years.
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post Jan 6 2018, 08:02 AM
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This is precisely what one guy at my company does currently. Our main office in the UK is near Newbury but he works out of a Regus office where he lives in Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire with people from other companies. It appears to have been working quite well for him for the past few years.


That's it, now the question is how to convince the rest of the organisation to follow suit and (the big question) to be happy about it.

We've managed the return of a small 'outsourced to India) call centre operation. So the firm has a uk based call centre operation, with no premises and a very wide 'open for business' bandwidth. Getting the pre existing 'back office' and more, the management to do the same was a jump they stalled at!

It's an intreaguing development path and could well invigorate local communities. This could also be the 'gig economy' grown up. Perhaps what Charles Handy came up with in his clover leaf business model for real.


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