Ages and ages ago (oh, alright - 3 March), I read with interest this post in praise of always on connectivity. Even more interesting than the post was the flurry of responses it received. I was particularly struck by one anonymous comment that said:
The rest of the world works 9-5 as normal business hours. Work those hours. Feel free to be where ever you want outside of those hours.It was one of those moments when you find out you do still know how to make coffee come out of your nose! It was such an anachronistic remark and so out of kilter with the philosophy of the virtual company I keep in the blogosphere, that I felt compelled to contribute my 2p worth:
What world is that? If you work for a multinational organisation 9-5 becomes somewhat moot, since 9-5 in London doesn't co-incide with 9-5 in New York and Hong Kong.I was speaking from vicarious experience, since my husband manages (from London) a department within a multinational company with bases in both NewYork and Hong Kong (as well as a few other places in between).
I had all but forgotten that exchange until this Dilbert cartoon landed in my bloglines this morning. If you aren't a daily Dilbert reader, it might be worth backtracking over the past few days to get the context, although I think the strip manages to stand okay on its own.