November 27, 2010

Work Doesn’t Happen At Work

Billions spent annually on workspaces and meetings.

Companies want employees at their desk working from a certain time to a certain time. It’s the model, after all. Creativity is crammed between endless meetings, emails and hallway chatter. But how much of it is meaningful?

The notion of an office is changing faster than many organizations can grapple with it.
How often have you heard yourself say “I go in early so I can get stuff done”?

Sad isn’t it?

Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of 37signals out of Chicago which has created collaborative tools such as Basecamp, Highrise, Backpack and Ta-Da List.

Fried also co-authored a book entitled Rework which covers new concepts about work and creation. Here is Jason discussing the changing workspace and creativity at TEDxMidwest this past October.

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