Sometimes I think ‘am I that old fashioned’?!?!
If I look around me, I see that people in our space are obsessed with ‘freelancers’. The past decade, many people became ‘freelancers’ as an alternative to labor contracts. Companies want to become more flexible and hence are happy to hire more freelancers. But I believe that the traditional company has an added value.
In the past years, I often work alone from my home or a flexible office. I have noticed one thing: my brain works better in a team. When I try to figure out something on my own, I can sometimes spend 4 hours thinking about it. Then I talk to someone and within a couple of minutes I nail it. My brain seems to work differently while talking (to someone else that is).
I believe in team work. I believe that a company adds teamwork, culture, something ‘shared'; it teams up like minded people. People bond better over time (or at least I do). If teams consist of people who work together only shortly, the team doesn’t reach its optimal form. People need time to get to know each other and find out how they work productively. Over time, the productivity grows.
I see the future as this: companies will remain the main entity to produce value. They will engage people more flexibly. Instead of ‘everybody a freelancer’, we’ll see more groups of people, teams, that are experts in certain things. Many more people will start freelancing (either forced or voluntary). Some will work without pants from their home, but after a while they’ll seek for a group again with a shared office and culture. And they put their pants back on. The age of the huge company is over; companies will keep dominating the value chain, but they’ll be smaller; groups of experts that work together in a niche domain.
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