Why work doesn’t happen at work

Jason Fried thinks deeply about collaboration, productivity and the nature of work. He’s the co-founder of 37signals, makers of Basecamp and other web-based collaboration tools, and co-author of “Rework.”

Jason has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it.

Here are few quotes from his speech:

If you try to sleep and you get interrupted, you don’t sleep good.
If you try to work and you get interrupted your creative process is ground to a halt.

Managers tend to think that real interruptions at work are Facebook, Twitter, Youtube when in fact they are more like modern day smoke breaks.

Real problems are M&M’s, or managers and meetings. Managers work is to interrupt other people’s work. Meetings are poisonous things at work and it’s very disruptive to anyone attending the meeting. One meeting tends to lead to another meeting. There is usually at least one person at any given meeting who shouldn’t even be there.

Jason’s ideas on how to fix offices:
1. No talk thursdays, make the office silent and allow people to concentrate on work.
2. Replace meetings with e-mail and instant messaging. You can close your e-mail or IM application to find peaceful time to work.
3. Cancel any meeting you can, do not move it, cancel it. You will find things will be fine.