29 November 2013

Time to change the social business model

As part of the Scottish Government Digital Scotland rollout, I would like the government to require companies over a certain size to offer a proportion of jobs on their books as distance working. This technology has been available for decades and for even longer companies have effectively outsourced work to different continents and had company subsidiaries that "remote work", so why not individuals?

Having more people work from home would relieve pressure on city housing markets, encourage the rural economy, help disabled people who have transport difficulties, encourage a development of digital technologies, make Scotland a leader in a social revolution away from the 19th century mentality of going to a factory for everyone to work in one place, encourage employment in rural areas, promote Scotland as a place of work in the global marketplace, reduce over congestion in cities, promote rural economies, assist parents and carers to balance childcare and work, decrease the need for transport (and hence be green), reduce the need for children to move when their parents change job and above all increase social stability.

All those advantages and more.

Yes we need a digital infrastructure although large parts of what we need have been in place for years, but we also need social change to go along with it. Can the government take a lead on enabling the social change to take advantage of the new digital infrastructure being created?

West Lothian

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