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Brand Spanking New Ideas => Business & Commerce => Topic started by: Jay Sadie on February 10, 2013, 02:13:58 AM

Title: Proposed Human Capital Paradigm Shift
Post by: Jay Sadie on February 10, 2013, 02:13:58 AM
Proposed Human Capital Paradigm Shift

A disruptive idea by Juan (Jay) Sadie

As the World faces growing challenges to deal with the population growth and the pressures it places on infrastructures, roads, housing, pollution and so forth, the time has come to seriously find a solution.

One way would be to stem population growth, but that poses its own challenges, i.e. human rights violations, social implications and the practical implementation of such a plan.

Urban sprawl and growing cities have become a headache for urban planners. More and more people are moving to cities, forcing urban developers to build upwards. Huge skyscrapers are rising at an alarming rate across the globe to cater for high-density population growth. Efforts in the past to move people out of cities to rural environment have not been successful, mainly because people go where the work and money is.

Telecommuting was supposed to be the magic bullet that would allow people to work from their homes, thereby removing traffic off the roads, reducing green house gasses, and saving commuting time which would allow people to spend more time with their loved ones.

The biggest problem with Telecommuting is that companies do not trust their employees to do their work at home. How would they know that an employee is actually working and not goofing off?

Well, the problem with the current model is that people are mostly paid based on the hours that they work. Usually an employee is expected to work 40 hours per week. This is where the paradigm shift needs to occur. Employees should be paid for the amount and quality of work they do, and not for the hours they put in. There are obviously certain jobs that have to be performed on an hourly basis, e.g. a waiter in a restaurant. He/she obviously cannot serve customers from home. However, these types of jobs are in the minority.

Another impediment of Telecommuting has been technology shortfalls. Remote Network Connections were too slow and unreliable. This has now changed, as bandwidths have increased dramatically and up-time has become totally acceptable.

Before continuing with more details about how to implement such a disruptive new model, let’s first examine the benefits of such a paradigm shift:
Any plan or idea will always face problems and challenges. Here is a list of potential problems, and possible solutions:

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[td]Lack of human interaction, especially with co-workers.[/td]
[td]Video conference calls, Skype.
Instant Messenger, chat software.
Occasional face-to-face meetings.
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[td]Difficult to know if employee is actually working.[/td]
[td]Focus on deliverables rather than time spent.
Must have clear service agreement in place.
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[td]Servicing/fixing of equipment.[/td]
[td]Agreements with local hardware providers.
Employee responsible for taking equipment to authorized agent, or some companies do house-calls (which will be ideal). This can create a whole new industry for companies willing to take up the challenge.
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[td]Unable to share printers, copiers, etc.[/td]
[td]Printers and copiers have become cheaper and cheaper, while improving in quality. Most people have these at home anyway.
No more having to wait at the office for someone’s print job to finish (especially if they’re printing large documents).  Besides, aren’t we supposed to be a “paperless society” by now? Another paradigm shift perhaps?
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[td]How do you build a company culture when most employees are working from home?[/td]
[td]Great opportunity for holding social/team-building events on some weekends/evenings.
In the current model we spend more time with our co-workers than with our families. It is therefore less attractive to spend even more time with them on such events. By not “seeing” our co-workers during the week will create more willingness, or perhaps even a desire, to interact with them on thoughtfully planned events.
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Here are some ideas of how to successfully implement this new Work-from-Home model:
Final Thoughts

I am confident that this proposed disruptive model will change the World for the better. The rewards and positive ramifications will be well worth the dedication and efforts to implement such a challenging and difficult feat. If we want to continue to evolve as a species, while maintaining a good quality of life, we’ll have to do something drastic to curb the escalating downward spiral and stress we are placing on our environment, and ultimately on ourselves.


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