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Global Workplace Analytics conducts independent research and consults on emerging workplace issues and opportunities. We specialize in making the management case for workplace flexibility, well-being programs, mobile work, activity-based work settings, and other agile workplace strategies.

Based on our work with public and private sector employers and an examination of over 4000 documents, case studies, and research papers, we’ve built models to quantify the economic, societal, and environmental benefits of alternative workplace strategies for the US, UK, and Canada. Hundreds of organization and community leaders have used our custom models to make their own case for workplace change. 

“Global Workplace Analytics has perhaps the most comprehensive set of data around…”—Forbes

Upcoming Speeches/Webinars/Events:

  • IFMA Facility Fusion: Vancouver Canada March 10 & 11 2015
  • Workshifting: Distributed Work in the 21st Century (Canadian Institute)—Toronto Canada April 14 & 15, 2015
  •  IFMA Facility Fusion: Orlando Florida April 21 & 22, 2015

Gallup Shows Well-Being Boosts Employee Engagement

When a company builds a culture of well-being, employee engagement will accelerate and customers will see the impact.

Kate Lister's insight:

The article cites an insurance company that showed a strong link between employee engagement and turnover.

HBR article suggests a whole new approach to wellness incentives based on behavioral economics

Stop educating people about what they already know.

Kate Lister's insight:

Traditional wellness incentives work only marginally. This article suggests some very simple proven tactics. 

While not suggested in the article, I wonder about whether the principles apply to other areas of employee motivation. 

The real cost of the "brain drain": HBR "What’s Lost When Experts Retire" - an argument for flexibility?

"You can never extract and transfer  all  the deep smarts that an expert has accumulated, but it’s important to identify what needs to be captured before it walks out the door."

Kate Lister's insight:

Some of the invaluable "deep smarts" include: 1) network connections 2) vendor and customer relationships 3) time-tested know-how. Also consider that a large percentage of retirees would like to continue working, provided they can do so flexibly. 

HBR: Terrific article on how we invest our time and attention is killing innovation

"As most corporate executives know, good ideas don’t strike like bolts of lightning. Quite the opposite: They are unearthed when existing concepts are shuffled and combined in new ways. Unfortunately, a quiet transformation in how we invest our time and attention is curtailing opportunities Americans once had to stumble on unfamiliar notions."

Kate Lister's insight:

One of the interesting suggestions is to encourage employees to read books, periodicals, and other forms of media they wouldn't ordinarily read. How retro. 

Six Ways to Increase Productivity By Making Employee Happy | Forbes

"Harvard Business Review a while back included an analysis of hundreds of studies showing an average of 31% higher [...]"

Kate Lister's insight:

This one struck me in particular: Focus on achievements. We spend so much time micromanaging, usually in a negative way, that we forget to celebrate the wins. 

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Free Resources

Good Reads

Upcoming Presentations

Workplace as a Strategic Business Tool, CoreNet Central Texas Chapter, Austin TX, October 9, 2014

The Business Case for Well-Being: Costs, Benefits, and Case Studies, WELL2014, International Well Building Institute, New Orleans LA, October 20, 2014

In The News

Teleworkers keep government open during snowstorms, Baltimore Sun, March 14, 2014

It’s Unclearly Defined, but Telecommuting is Fast on the Rise, New York Times, March 7, 2014

Telework Yields $32 Million in Snow Day Savings, Forbes, February 27, 2014

Lone Eagle Cities: Where the Most People Work from Home, NextGov, March 3, 2014

Madison firms not about to ban telecommuting, Capital Times, February 25, 2014

How To Build and Sustain a Remote Workforce, Fast Company, February 21, 2014

Accountability, The Key to Federal Telework, Federal Times OpEd by Kate Lister, February 6, 2014

Florida Among the Top 10 States for Telecommuting Jobs, Jacksonville Business Journal, February 10, 2014

Federal Telework Surge Could Save $14 Billion Annually , Wired Workplace, January 25, 2014

Measuring the Impact of Workplace Flexibility, 1 Million for Flexibility, January 24, 2014

FEDTalk, Federal News Radio interviews Kate Lister on the Office of Personnel Management’s latest Status of Telework—Report to Congress, January 24, 2014

Report Says Telework Could Save Government $14 Billion a Year, Federal Computer Week, January 24, 2014

Federal Telework Surge Could Save $14 Billion Annually, NextGov, January 24, 2014

Telestorming: When weather and disasters forces people to work from home, Deseret News, January 10, 2014

Why Telework When You Can Take a Snow Day?,, January 4, 2014

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