I love this article in today’s USA Today. It’s about the new generation, my generation of worker who find getting work done is often best accomplished out in our virtual offices (coffee houses, restaurants where free wireless exists). While I can’t and wouldn’t want to do it everyday, like the people discussed in the article, it is a useful means of study, correspondence and planning for me. I’m writing this post at Port City Java, enjoying and organic blend of coffee called Blue Sky, listening to John Mayer in the background, catching up on blog posts to pass along to you, smiling and nodding at the usual suspects here to work through the morning hours. Life is good. And yes, I find that often in these places where music, people, noise, and conversation abound, I find my best "quiet" for reading, studying and contmeplating truth. Go figure.
If you’re a moblie worker, enjoy the freedom telecommuting brings, but remember these etiquitte tips. Oh, and quiche, per the title of the article in the print edition, is definitely out (the article was written from San Francisco).
· Tip big and eat often. Think of those
hourly lattes or scones as rent for your table, payment of which is critical
for the survival of any business welcoming busy squatters.
· Take it outside. Keep cellphones and
PDAs on vibrate, and when they do buzz, head straight for the door.
· Don’t be a hog. It’s fine to keep your
things piled on a table when you step out for a breath of fresh air, but not if
you plan to be away a while.
· Careful who you trust. Because thieves
and hackers work fast, take important hardware and documents with you for
anything but a quick run to the sugar-and-napkin station.
· Keep your eyes to yourself. Resist the
temptation to sneak a look at neighboring laptops with this
crowd, it’s considered as egregious as stealing company secrets.
· Cords get right of way. All electrical
outlets are fair game, so expect to accommodate the odd power chord as it
snakes past your dominion.
· Look for the high sign. Even though mere
inches can separate you from a fellow teleworker, realize that only when both
parties issue a mutual greeting is it OK to invade those invisible offices.
· Come loaded for meters. Nothing drives
veteran virtual office workers crazier than being asked for quarters to keep
the parking police at bay, so bring your own stash and if you
want to make friends fast a few extras to help out a newbie.