The Distributed Workplace Model
The nature and methods of work in the information economy no longer require centralization of the tools of productivity at a single physical location. Knowledge workers produce intangible products in cyberspace and therefore, increasing rely upon connectivity rather than mobility. Yet the fabric of social and cultural elements of work underscore the needs of socialization and separation of work and home for the vast majority of workers.
As we have changed more rapidly from a manufacturing economy to an information economy, the challenges of traffic congestion, air pollution, reliance on oil, new job creation, and better emergency preparedness all point the way for the need to creating a new paradigm for work and education in the 21st century.
POCKETS will provide solutions to these problems by offering an alternative to long distance metropolitan commuting. Distributed workplace offers a solution by providing permanent, secure work locations connecting many communities to reduce this congestion and improve job access.
A proposed network of community-based offices and broadband-networked services will support multi-use workforce and distance learning centers. These centers will be distributed throughout the greater metropolitan and statewide regions. Each center (see diagram) will include a full complement of dedicated “telesuite” offices. A professional administrative and IT staff will provide broadband network, desktop technologies and LAN infrastructure support
These initial centers will support between 300 and 1000 individuals and will be networked together to:
- Establish a geographic distribution model to reduce transportation congestion, support economic development, enhance emergency preparedness, impove air quality and promote balanced work/life initiatives.
- Provide advanced integrated voice, data and video communications between each tenant’s geographically separated workgroups and it’s headquarter location
- Use geographic diverse locations to support distance learning, interactive training, web-enabled call center services and systems co-location maintenance.
- Provide a secure work environment in a community-based atmosphere supporting added incentives such as telemedicine, day care services, food services and workout facilities.
By supporting multiple organizations at each distributed workplace location, Pockets can leverage the costs associated with the ICT infrastructure and real estate. The resulting economies of scale provide for lower cost of services and a higher degree of security with on-site support and training. This is a major departure from any existing telecommuting model now in existence.
Distributed Workplace provides greater security of data, systems, and people and vastly improves Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).