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Live debate day 5: The office is dead. Remote working is the future

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Fri Jun 21 2013, 10:29

REMOTE WORKING OR OFFICES? This is the question many firms are considering as their staff expect to work more flexibly and mobile devices proliferate in the workplace.

On Friday, we reach the end of our debate week, where we debated the motion: The office is dead. Remote working is the future. But there's still time to cast your vote and respond to the speakers and guest post, as the debate will be running until 3pm BST on Friday.

On Thursday, Emma McGuigan from Accenture and SAS's Karen Chisman joined us for the final time to lay out their closing arguments. McGuigan made the point that in future offices will need to work harder to justify their existence; while Chisman pointed out the importance of human factors - for some the thought of wandering upstairs to work in the spare room is unbearable, while for others it just works.

On Wednesday, McGuigan and Chisman responded to each other's opening statements and all your comments on the office vs remote working debate so far.

On Tuesday, Intel joined The INQUIRER debate into offices versus remote working. Stuart Dommett, business IT evangelist at the UK & Ireland Intel Sales & Marketing Group, shared his views on how innovation in technology needs to be reflected in approaches to working. You can read Dommett's post, share your opinion and cast your vote now.

On Monday, we had opening statements from McGuigan, who laid out the case in favour of remote working, and Chisman, who argued in favour of offices.

Current voting stands at 65 percent who believe offices are dead, and 35 percent against that view.

The INQUIRER is hosting a debate on "The office is dead. Remote working is the future" this week, running from Monday 17 June until Friday 21 June and sponsored by Intel. Make sure you visit the website to share your views on this topic and cast your vote for offices or remote working. µ


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