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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading remote teams, online collaboration and working in distributed organisations.

Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.

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Jul 20, 2017

In this episode, Pilar advocates for an Office Optional approach, where the office becomes one more place where we can work from and how the nature of how we work in those spaces needs to change.


Why “Office Optional” is a slightly better term than using some of the words that suggest there is a large physical distance between team members.

(There is a complementary blog post to this episode: )

When will sitting next to each other benefit our work?


How “agile working” and “flexible working” are being used as terms that refer only to the physical space where we work from.

If we don’t have an option to use an office and we are missing sharing a physical space, why? Pinpoint why and see whether there are ways of working to fulfill those needs. (eg. Push to talk, set times at the computer etc.)


How some companies use their often unused spaces to bring external ideas into the building.

Check out the article:

Smart Office Buildings: What Features do People Really Want?


Pilar mentions the Work 2.0 Conference, here’s the link to episode

Why companies might want to encourage people to use the office.

What do people look for in an office building?

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