A sunny, refreshing morning in Eugene, Oregon, best known for its great outdoor access, history of environmental activities, and the birthplace of Nike. I’m standing outside an ordinary one-story industrial space and talking to Mark Frohnmayer, CEO of Arcimoto, a manufacturer of three-wheeled electric vehicles called “fun utility vehicles.”
I’m not the only one in Oregon. I’m still stuck on the shore on the other side of the house and, like many of us, rely on an ever-growing array of tools that allow me to work remotely. In this case, we are touring the Arcimoto factory via FaceTime. Frohnmayer carries “I” on his iPhone, points out things, approaches machines, parts, and semi-finished cars and answers questions. For me, it turned out to be a reasonable replica of being there. After deducting an 8-hour flight, stay at a Dow Jones-approved discount hotel with a continental breakfast.
This is how Frohnmayer and his team have visited investors, customers and suppliers since the pandemic began. There is no loss of productivity due to travel days, so it works well enough that Frohnmayer wants to continue after the pandemic.
Thanks to cloud-based collaboration tools for everything, not just zoom, the pandemic has brought about a reset of office culture from face-to-face to remote or hybrid. Surprisingly, there was also a reset of workers, such as field service engineers and emergency health care workers, who almost no one thought they could work remotely.
While explaining trends in the workplace after a pandemic, these changes also show new ways to advance relationships between businesses. Many examples are from manufacturing, the most practical industry of all. Workers still need to be present at the factory to assemble products, and quality control may sometimes require international travel, but other things including investment due diligence, building relationships with suppliers and customers, and even R & D. There are many activities unexpectedly and probably permanently remote.
These technologies have the potential to curb business trips indefinitely
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