Agile Work News

  • In-depth look at how and why financial institutions are changing they way they work 

    HOK’s new report, “The New Financial Workplace,” is an investigation of the forces reshaping the financial industry and how workplace design can position these companies for success.


    This 35-page paper examines the banking industry, the threats it’s facing, and how their workplace strategies are evolving to meet the challenge. It includes:


    • Threats and challenges
    • Disruptive technologies
    • Talent imperatives
    • Benchmarking data
    • Case studies
    • Industry trends 


    While the paper is industry-specific, other sectors will find the journey enlightening. 


  • NPR Special Series: The Rise Of The Contract Workers: Income insecurity and lack of benefits are a concern 

    An NPR/Marist poll sheds light on a fast-growing workforce sector: contract workers. One out of every five jobs is held by a contract worker. While many enjoy the flexibility, the jobs are unsteady.


    NPR’s recent poll shows 20% of US workers are contract laborers. They work project to project and without employer-provided health insurance, retirement plan, pension, or other benefits and worker protections. Experts predict half the workforce will fall into this category within the next decade. We need to start having a conversation about what the rise of the contingent workforce will impact society.

  • An answer to the question “What’s the ROI of Employee Well-Being?”  

    “Kate Lister breaks down the impact of the workplace on well-being and the steps to take to create a culture of well-being.”


    This article offers:

    • The financial impact of of poor health and well-being on productivity lost, reduced engagement, and turnover 
    • The cost of healthcare, absenteeism, and presenteeism for the top chronic diseases
    • A persuasive way to use a simple breakeven analysis to get your program funded
    • Simple steps to kick-start a workplace well-being initiative.
  • Save the Date: IFMA Facility Fusion March 20 WE Pre-Conference “WE + Sustainability = Your New Competitive Advantage” – Space is Limited 

    Our global thought leaders promise to open your minds to the latest thinking on how sustainability will be the next competitive advantage. 


    This full day event is for everyone involved in the built environment that hears this call and wants to engage in a meaningful discussion and play a role in leading this important initiative. 


    Hear from Sustainability Leaders:

    • The Edge (Deloitte, Amsterdam)
    • Method Soap (Chicago IL)
    • Cook County (Chicago IL)


    Plus sessions on the role of technology, people and performance implications, best practices, and more.


    To end the day, we will guide you through a powerful exercise designed to help you create your own, “unique action plans.” 

  • Don’t miss out on Work Rebooted February 11-13, 2018 in SF where Workplace Evolutionaries Meets HR. 50% off with code WEHUBVIP 

    The time has come to re-examine how we think about the nature of work, the concept of employment and what it takes to build a thriving workforce.




    The lineup for this ground-breaking event is astouding:


    Sunday 2/11: 

    • Interactive 3D workshop using LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methods
    • The Workplace Experience led by a dozen WE members
    • Capturing Your Best Workplace Experience
    • What WE/You Know for Sure
    • Balancing Technology and Human Ingenuity
    • And More


    Monday 2/12 learn and chat about:

    • Learning Agility
    • The Future of HR
    • Intrapreneurship
    • The Employee Experience
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • The Gig Economy
    • Strategic HR
    • Invisible Talent
    • People Analytics
    • And more


    Tuesday 2/13 learn and chat about:

    • The Digital Workforce
    • Workplace Conduct
    • The Empathetic Workplace
    • AI and Cognitive Bias
    • Workplace Culture
    • Making Meetings Matter
    • Flexible and Remote Work
    • And More


    All that and you’ll be home in time to give your Valentine a big squeeze and some Ghirardelli chocolates!


    Use code: Sign up here. Use code WEHUBVIP for 50% off. 

  • Is it an office? Is it a mall? Is it a co-working space? Is it a city? Well, yes, it is. 

    Inside the historic old Bell Labs building in Holmdel, New Jersey, a developer is creating a “metroburb”–a self-contained, indoor Main Street that will house stores, a food hall, and tech company offices. The question is: What’s a downtown without a city?


    The 2 million s.f. that was once home to over 5,000 Bell Labs employees in Holmdel NJ, fell on hard times when AT&T’s successor shuttered it in  2007. Finding a tenent for a place the size of the Empire State Building laid on its side proved fruitless. But one developer saw it’s potential as a mini-city and it’s once again open for business under the name Bell Works.


    Now 70% occupied, the intent is to capture the reverse migration crowd who like the buzz of the city, but want to raise their kids in the burbs. The building offers office space (prefab, custom, or co-working, stores, a food hall, library, daycare and fitness facility, public space, and perhaps soon, a hotel, conference center, and ballroom. 


    The article cites a study that estimates 7.5% of the nation’s office inventory is obsolete or unnecessary for the modern company. Is this the future of abandoned office parks and shopping malls?


  • According to Deloitte, 64% of employees and even company leaders have no passion for their work. Is passion the new engagement? 

    “In the face of rapid technological change and global competition for talent, capital, and customers, we’re focused on the wrong thing, or at least too narrowly, if the intense investment in employee engagement has not produced employees willing and able to take on challenging issues and pursue new opportunities.”


    The piece suggests these three attributes are present in passionate people. They:

    • Seek out difficult challenges
    • Connect with others to find solutions
    • Really want to make an impact


    People with these attributes are willing to risk being wrong and able to think flexibly, learn quickly, and create new knowledge.


    Unfortunately, most organizations do not offer an environment that inspires passion. Risk-aversion, defensiveness, command-and-control attitudes, short-term performance measures, and silos are the bane of passion.


    Interestingly, high engagement does not seem to move the needle as much as you might think it would on passion. What does seem to correlate closely is:

    • Autonomy
    • Being measured by outcomes
    • Opportunities and encouragement for cross-functional teaming
    • Recognition for ”thinking outside the box”
    • A positive attitude toward failure


    Their quick-start guide includes tips such as: ditching rigid processes, passion-sucking reporting requirements, and soul-crushing micromanagement.

  • New survey results about corner offices, titles, skills, and moonlighting 

    Professionals spend an average of 90,000 hours working over the course of a lifetime. That’s half of the waking hours in your working adult life. So with over half a billion professionals on LinkedIn, we have taken a closer look at what success means to you. What are you in it for? Why do you get up and go to work every day?


    In rather a hodge-podge of survey questions, this Linked-In poll shows:

    • 96% don’t care about a corner office
    • 89% say skills are more important than titles
    • 86% don’t care about having an admirable job
    • 69% work primarliy to pay the bills
    • 39% feel successful when teaching others
    • 36% get their satisfaction from moonlighting
    • 34% would take a paycut in exchange for a flexible schedule


  • Data round-up on Millennial attitudes toward automation, pay, work styles, and more (infographic) 

    Millennially Minded: What the younger generation thinks about working life in the future


    Raconteur’s data roundup on Millennials shows them to be bullish on how automation will impact productivity, economic growth, leisure time, and flexibility. They’re bearish on how it will influence human interaction, the need for retraining, and job opportunities.

  • Free e-book: Black Holes and White Spaces: Reimagining the Future of Work and HR  

    “Describes tools and frameworks that leaders inside and outside the HR profession can use to transform the HR profession and their organizational success.”


    The book offers a collection of forward-looking advice from over 70 exemplary chief HR officers and other leaders whose mission is to “disruptively accelerate the progress of the HR profession to meet the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the new world of work.”


    Chris Hood (one of the Founders of WE) contributed to a chapter entitled A Vision of the Workplace in 2025: Doom or Boom?. In it he describes how head-count planning and workforce cost-cutting will be replaced by an adaptive-value model where employees own their own reality and managers make decisions based on work required, rather than head count. 


    WE all know FM/CRE needs to be talking to HR, right? Here’s an easy way to learn about what makes them tick and why that alliance is so critical to workplace success.