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The world's most unusual office

Last updated on: May 22, 2013 08:21 IST

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While some of us have to commute daily to work from office, there are others who operate from home and then there are the lucky ones who work from just anywhere, even while hanging from a balcony.

Let's take a look at the most unusual office in the world.

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Image: An office worker at a desk suspended outside a building at Peter The Pleater in London, United Kingdom. Taking flexible working to new heights, O2 is proving you really can work anywhere.
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O2, the commercial brand of Telefonica United Kingdom, is a leading communications company with more than 23 million customers.

It came up with an ingenious idea to prove that people can work from just about anywhere.

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It created a mid-air, outdoor office in London's east end. Suspended over four metres above Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch, Hackney, O2 worked with a local small business employee to brave the elements and conduct a whole morning of work suspended in the air.

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From logging on at 9am until going on the lunch break at 1pm, the flexible worker called Casper went about his daily business as usual.

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From industry research and presentation writing, to speaking to clients on the phone - he did all this while suspended in the air.

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"Eighty per cent of British workers are now employed by small businesses and the success of these young, dynamic companies forms a vital part in helping to propel the UK economy forward, driving innovation and creating new employment opportunities," said Claire Darley, Head of Sales for O2 Small Businesses, according to a press release.

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"For small business teams or entrepreneurs flying solo, the ability to remain connected to their business at all times is essential. By keeping costs low and employees agile, implementing effective flexible working practices is increasingly important for small British companies," said Darley.

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"We are calling on a greater number of small and medium businesses to review their flexible working arrangements in what is going to be a very big year in terms of events in the UK," said Darley.

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"Our approach connects a range of products and services under the Joined Up People service - helps all types and sizes of businesses increase productivity, work collaboratively, reduce costs and maximise competitiveness and responsiveness through flexible working. Often using simple cost effectiveness technologies that most small businesses often already have," added Darley.

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O2 helps businesses embrace flexible working with a range of products and services that enables them to connect better and more easily with the things that matter most. It is a consultancy-based approach which tailors advice and recommendations based on businesses' specific needs.

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Flexible working can mean anything from using conference call on your mobile, getting emails on your phone, accessing the Wi-Fi network via your laptop, setting up a home office. And everything in between.


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