Working on the road: Remote possibilities

THE advance in remote working is a subject that has been well covered on this blog and many others. When I began my career, using a DOS word processor was the height of technology, and filing copy on a three-and-a-half inch floppy was a sure way to bamboozle an editor. So I never stop wondering at how incredible the technological change to my working life has been over the past 15 years. I was reminded of this last weekend, when I found myself updating from a kebab shop while on the way to a Saturday afternoon football match, screening out the din with noise-cancelling headphones.The availability of technologies that allow us to do this sort of thing, and work almost anywhere, raises an interesting question for business travellers. In today’s remote world, does our location change the quality of our work? I hope that nobody would spot the difference between a webpage published in a kebab shop and one done from the more normal surrounds of a desk in St James’s. But I do, for example, believe there to be a different emotional quality to a story I write late at night in a lonely hotel room compared with one written in the office on a Monday morning. And that’s before thinking about work done when relaxing in a hotel bar after a couple of glasses of red.I am curious whether this also applies to other professions that involve plenty of mileage. Does the quality of …

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