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I wish I could write this up for WK, but Massively doesn’t want me to talk about what it’s like to work there on a public blog.

Massively has a rule; when you’re working on an article for them, you have to be in their chat room — what they refer to as the “Massively offices”. Some of the people do work in a real office, at WebLogs, Inc., in Virginia, but most of the people are scattered around the world, so at any time of the day or night, you’re likely to find a good number of people there.

We joke, chat, talk about our articles and help each other out. It’s extremely collaborative. I think it might be the wave of the future for jobs that don’t require specialized equipment or physical presence. My day job, programming and web development, I could easily do at home if I had everyone else available to ask questions of during the day (when Andy returns home, working at home would be impossible — his video games are way too loud).

With gas prices headed into the stratosphere and commuting killing the planet, the future will see, more and more, people staying in their neighborhoods and doing their work collaboratively. People could live where they want to live and not worry if there are any jobs nearby — they could live in California and work in Germany, maybe have some side contracts in China.

Of the people who read this blog, I think only Allyson has a job that requires physical presence at all times. The rest of us just deal in information of one sort or another. Wave of the future.

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5 Comments

  1. Telecommuting (i.e. working from home) is done a lot where I work already. This is done more for a work/life balance. Of course, I don’t think anybody 100% telecommutes – there are times they have to come into the office or go to a client site.

    If you did work from home – you pay all the bills, Andy would have to find a quiet way of passing time should you work from home. Until he starts chipping in he has to cater to you, not the other way around.

  2. I work remotely all the time, but it isn’t the fun collaborative type of thing described in your post. I would like that better. My solitary work environment has to do with the structure of this job — each project we do has one staff person and one (very) part-time manager. I am basically working alone.

    I like working at home when I am running code that takes a while to read in the data — I can get through a whole disc of “Lost” episodes during the course of a work day, with a little laundry on the side…

  3. My job is a strictly commuter job until I get my Telekinesis Degree with which I hope to be able to groom from far, far away. (And far, far away from teeth and claws!)

  4. I am required to be at my desk every day. Sometimes even on weekends. The files are here. I must be here. No telecommuting.

  5. Well, point being, Lynn, that you work with information. If those files were online — and in a few years, I imagine they will be — then you would have them where you were, wherever that happens to be. There’s places that will take all your boxes and warehouses of documents, scan them, put them on your computer and be entirely searchable.

    The Hartford is using a company down in Florida to do this — and we have almost 200 years of documents (note to Californians: New England has history everywhere you turn).

    So, likely sooner than you think, you may find yourself sitting in your living room, doing your work, maybe going to the actual office twice a week to do what can only be done face-to-face.


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