Work From Anywhere

Recently the World Economic Forum published an article about an associate professor at Harvard Business School who along with his fellow researchers studied a policy at the US Patents and Trademarks office that added a new dimension to the idea of remote working from home. This new dimension is known as work “work from anywhere”.

The team at HBS found that employees with liberal “work from anywhere” arrangements, similar to those offered at Akamai, NASA, and Github, among others, were 4.4% more productive than those following a more traditional “work-from-home” policy that gives schedule flexibility but requires workers to live near the office.

A very important impact of the “work from anywhere” policy noted by the associate professor was that while work from home gives an employee “temporal flexibility” (in other words an ability to schedule when they deliver their work) the “work from anywhere” approach added geographical flexibility. The combination of being able to balance the use of time with geographical flexibility results in an increase in productivity.

The article went on to say that along with an increase in productivity the USPTO saw a decrease in hiring costs and a decrease in office-related costs (space, electricity etc.).

The article also inferred that larger organisations are generally based in more expensive cities. A move from “coming in to work” to a “work from anywhere” approach allows workers to receive the city relative larger compensation but live in lower-cost geography.

In watching the trend to the Digital Nomad way of life we designed the SecureTasks platform to be the cybersecurity services marketplace of choice for those in our industry who want to take advantage of the “work from anywhere” change. That’s both for Consultants and Employers.

Inherent in the SecureTasks platform is the notion of “pay for performance”. This means that high performing cybersecurity consultants who delivery quality work outcomes will receive an Employer star review. A five-star rating naturally would command more invitations to work and potentially higher day rates.

On the SecureTasks platform, a Consultant underwrites their own performance, what we mean by this is that if the Consultant does not deliver the expected outcomes, they may see a reduction in their payment from the Employer. We cannot trivialise this aspect of the platform, as the notion of pay for performance is coupled with a fixed price contract for a fixed duration. This naturally means then that the Consultant will effectively manage their time accordingly with a view to quality delivery within the time they have specified.

When a SecureTasks Consultant bids for an Employers task or project they set the price and the duration for this activity. The Consultant is recognisant to deliver within these parameters. This is not the case for full-time employees, an employer does not receive a work guarantee from their employee. A recent study by a team at Ohio University showed that for an 8-hour working day an average employee is productive for just 2 hours and 53 minutes. The SecureTasks platform removes this infinitely perishable wastage.

SecureTasks also recognises that “work from anywhere” does require reciprocal interdependence. This means a continued bilateral interaction between the Employer and the Consultant. To this ends the SecureTasks messaging platform provides this capability for the remote worker and the Employer as well as providing an auditable journal of all interactions during the delivery phase of the engagement.

The associate professor in the above study stated in relation to some people’s reluctance to adopt a “work from anywhere” approach that “Its trust – it’s the fear that people will shirk”, this disappears with the self-underwriting approach inherent in the SecureTasks platform.