Seth Godin Says Goodbye To The Office


ah, the traditional mad men style office. Sex . Smokes. Whiskey.

Seth Godin, who is not in the picture above, questions why we have offices at all any more. He lists seven excuses often used to explain why we go to offices, including "3. The boss needs to keep tabs on my productivity" and "7. I need someplace to go."

He then demolishes these arguments with seven answers, including "3. The boss can easily keep tabs on productivity digitally" (mine does) and "7. So go someplace. But it doesn't have to be to your office."

He concludes "What's missing is #7... someplace to go. Once someone figures that part out, the office is dead."

But we've been there, done that....

TreeHugger has been looking at alternatives to the traditional office for years, for all of the reasons that Seth suggests. And while the home office is the obvious alternative, there are others. But first, the reasons:

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