IDG Contributor Network: From sleeping pods to remote work plans, are companies becoming too flexible?
Once upon a time a business leader was expected to arrive at the office, bowler hat on head and rolled-up umbrella at the ready, regular as your grandad’s watch. He, of course, stuck around until 5 p.m. every day, unless he had reached a certain level of seniority when meetings could be taken on the golf course one afternoon a week.
That’s how it used to be, or at least that’s how we imagine it was, all very predictable and inflexible. The advent of IT changed all that, and Wi-Fi, smartphones and the cloud have continued to increase the potential for people to put in their allotted hours from 20,000 fathoms under the sea or the north face of the Eiger or wherever.