Today we unfortunately live in a society where the honor system doesn’t seem to work. But sometimes we have to step back and look at humanity and really let things take course.
Yesterday I found out about this awesome self-service coffee shop in North Dakota. Basically the idea of a self-serve coffee shop means it operates without baristas. The Vault, a new coffee shop in Valley City, is where customers are on the honor system. When you get up to make your own cup of joe, you also pay by using the honor system. It seems like a pretty incredible concept, huh?
After reading more about this concept, I found out that the owner installed cameras but only for a safe atmosphere. The owner also commented on how people are more generous. “When I add up how much has been taken and how much is in the till at the end of the day … people are 15% more generous than thieving.” It’s a great feeling to know there is still faith in humanity. Honestly, it warms my heart.
Telecommuting is both a blessing and a curse. As you may know, most telecommuters work from home while others use mobile telecommunications technology to work from coffee shops or other locations. Reuters recently released a poll stating, “approximately one in five workers around the globe, particularly employees in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia, telecommute frequently and nearly 10 percent work from home every day”. That is a mind blowing statistic.
Lately, I’ve had many opportunities to work remotely and I’ve taken them with a happy heart. Telecommuting always seems like a novel idea in the hype, but honestly it is not all the rage. When it comes to telecommuting, I have the worst time focusing, like a college kid trying to write a 20-page paper–the work is always left to the last minute, but on a positive note, working under pressure is a key ingredient in allowing me to accomplish many tasks.
I commend others who are able to do work from home or a coffee shop. Give me a few tips and tricks–how do you set yourself up for success when you aren’t in an office? Without a work atmosphere, terrible drip coffee and face-to-face interaction, my production level plummets. Shoot some ideas over to me so I can turn these next two weeks into a huge success.