July 6, 2016

When work turns into play

There has been a lot of discussion about whether remote work is more efficient than traditional office stuff. 

Spaces have been evaluated too: should one have the serenity of an own room, or could an open-plan office be better? My schedules are often so scattered that I don’t exactly know where I'll end up at the end of the day. It’s a part of having a wide spectrum of tasks, and I like it that way. If I didn’t show up at the office, I probably couldn’t enjoy such a diversity. Here’s a glimpse of it.

As Forrest Gump said, life is like a box of chocolates. Today I got the best pieces. Work felt like child’s play. I could have put my brain on cruise control and just kept coming up with new ideas. It was almost too fun to actually be a paid job.

I started off by choosing the chair where I wanted to sit. We have these so-called negotiation chairs in our office. Having personal space and privacy in the middle of everything is quite comfortable. Usually I don’t sit at my desk that much, as I prefer standing by it. I spend lots of time in conference rooms, so I have plenty of chances to sit anyway.

Once I was stationary, I checked Twitter, the number one source for business gossip and news. I also jotted down a couple of tweets myself. Gamification is one topic of which I tweeted about. How could we use playful ideas and solutions to help solving some serious issues, such as health problems and well-being at work? Then I had a lengthier discussion about disability and its effects on Finnish economy. If we sum up all expenses and financial losses caused by disability each year, we get a 10-billion-euro bill. However, about 80 % of those expenses could be saved by raising people’s awareness of their choices and giving them tools with which to change their lives. Obviously, we at Tieto would like to create those tools.

After lunch, I thought about design. How would the world change if IT could be developed based on the actual needs instead of having to rely on stand-alone solutions? An example: when we’re trying to promote healthier living, the best solution isn’t necessarily equipping everyone with some kind of wearable devices. If you’re a couch potato, you probably don’t give a hoot about metrics and you’re not motivated to use monitoring devices. I have yet to find a way to activate these folks. I had couple of happy collateral findings while trying, though. Again, being together with colleagues made the difference.

Today’s work life demands a lot both mentally and physically. It is most important that work environment helps cope with that. In my case, it does. Tieto is soon moving to the new headquarters in Keilaniemi. I’m eager to see what’s in there for us – and how the new spaces keep remote working at bay.

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