For those that aren’t aware “Carmageddon” refers to the shutting down of I-405 by the state of California. The shutting down of this major artery during rush hour was predicted to result in dire consequences akin to the end of the world. In a market that boasts the longest commute times in the US it was predicted that no one in California was going to get to work on the day of “Carmageddon”. Except they did.
SmartPlanet recently published an article about “Carmageddon” and what it taught us about mobile work. You see, although many didn’t make it to work that day apparently work came to them. The biggest lesson learned was there is a “perceived” reliance on roads and highways to get work done. However, the reality is that more folks in the workforce than ever have the ability to work from anywhere. Even though many companies don’t officially allow work from home they’ve enabled their employees, through technology, to do it any way.
“Carmageddon” also proved that what many have been saying for years is true. If every employee worked from home just one day a week it would result in a 20% reduction in commuter traffic. “Carmageddon” was one of those rare opportunities to show a real world example of what happens when a lot of people decide to work at home on one day.
Lastly, “Carmageddon” was a real example of how work at home protects the organization itself. The shutting down of I-405 was very much like a pandemic or dangerous weather event preventing employees from getting to work. The mobility technologies and disaster recovery plans that many organizations had put into place were actually implemented. Employees continued to be productive and organizations continued to produce despite the (forgive the pun) roadblock the shutting down of I-405 presented.
You can click on this link to read more of the SmartPlanet article. I hope you enjoy it and as always look forward to your feedback.