Having endured another Southern Trains disaster today, I reckon it’s time people boycott the daily commute. The trains are rubbish, the road system is useless and we are made to pay more and more for third-rate services, just so we can do a day’s work.
Car tax, fuel duties and rail fares are on the rise. It doesn’t make sense just to given staff a pay rise, which immediately fills the pockets of the government and rail companies. How can that boost the economy?
I propose we sell the second car, don’t renew the annual season ticket and work from home at least two days a week
For businesses to get by in these tough economic conditions they have to do things differently. Given that most people have more sophisticated computer systems at home than the utterly inappropriate IT they use at work – why bother with a big HQ with corporate IT systems at all. Instead, downsize the office space and give staff the freedom to buy the equipment and software they feel most happy using.
Corporate IT’s role is then to provide guidelines and standards, which allows staff to interface with the corporate systems. For instance, the company accepts Word and Excel docs – so if you prefer OpenOffice or use Android or iOS, then you need an Office suite that allows you to save in .doc and .xls format.
On the corporate front, get rid of the Microsoft Enterprise Agreement for desktop software, offer hot-desking and use Citrix to provide users secure, audited access to back-end systems, based on their job roles. Finally negotiate new contracts for software based on acual usage.
I interviewed Bill Jensen and Josh Klein, co-athours of Hacking Work, last week about how staff are already working round the restrictions of traditional corporate culture. Businesses are hampered by legacy ways of working that date back to the industrial revolution.
It’s time for change. I’ve already got rid of the car and I hope by next year I won’t be enduring Southern Trains any more!