In the Hutong
Conference calls: the scourge of globalization
Was walking through the lobby of the IBM building on my way up to the office the other day I ran across something quite cool: a giant carpool map behind a desk attended by two IBM staffers who were signing people up for carpools.
Carpools? In Beijing?
In the wake of the pre-Olympics anti-pollution restrictions, the options for the building’s workers were simple: carpool, or public transport.
All of which served to remind me that if necessity is not the mother of innovation, she is certainly a midwife.
The precautions being taken to ensure a safe and secure Olympics for all involved are inconvenient – especially for business owners near the venues. But for the vast majority of us, a little planning and ingenuity produces workarounds that can work out well for everyone. Several companies are taking the opportunity to experiment with telecommuting, carpooling, remote sites, and the like.