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  • Check all the great content Workplace Evolutionaries will be delivering at World Workplace 2017 (Oct 17 to 20)

    WE hope to see you at IFMA’s World Workplace Houston 2017

    Source: we.ifma.org

    This year offers another great line-up of speakers, case studies, and sessions covering topics including technology, future-proofing, quantifying results, workplace culture, and more.

  • Corporate Learning Needs to Step Up its Game and Measure Results

    “…most corporate learning strategies have roots in traditional learning approaches. It is critical that new learning departs from these approaches and we increase self-direction for all employees, especially those who are new to the workforce.”

    Source: www.raconteur.net

    The pace of change demands continual learning. A course here or a course there won’t cut it. As technologies for immediate/micro-learning, artificial/augmented intelligence, gamification, and personalization options mature, it will be increasingly important to measure what works rather than just rolling out the latest technology.

  • Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity

    “The creative impulse, writes Wilson, did not spring into life 10,000 years ago as some suggest, but dates back more than 100,000 years, to the birth of modern humans. A tripling of brain size over the 3 million years before that had endowed Homo sapiens with increased social intelligence and empathy, paving the way for symbolic language. “

    Source: www.nature.com

    This round-up of three books (all published this year) suggests creativity may be the result of a “restless brain bored by monotonous input.” Novelty may light up our curiosity, but sparks may also come from exposure to complexity, uncertainty, and conflict. 

  • Nearly 3 in 10 employees say their workplace fails to enable productivity. Lack of privacy and too much noise among top complaints. 

    A survey involving over 275k global employees showed only 28% would agree with the statement “my workplace allows me to work productively.” Another 15% were neutral.

    Source: www.leesmanindex.com

    Over 90% say individual focused or desk-based work are important to their job, yet these are spaces are what they are most lacking. 

     

    More worrying is that a third of post-renovation/relocation projects deliver below average productivity. The report point to the need for more attention to post-move behavior modification.

  • Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

    As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017

    Source: ublog.cyberlink.com

    Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:

    • 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
    • 4 in 10 remote workers say it’s hard to be noticed
    • 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
    • 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
    • 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication 
    • 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
    • 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
    • 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email

     

    [1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]

  • A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more

    New designs are partly a backlash to wide-open floor plans and include a “palette of places,” meaning that people don’t sit in just one spot.

    Source: www.nytimes.com

    The right design and mix of spaces, including places for privacy, have been found to increase unplanned interaction, reduce time spent in formal meetings, and encourage employees to come into the office (rather than working remotely).

     

    The article also cites research that points to a 25% increase in productivity when employees are given a choice of spaces, a 6% reduction in absenteeism where outdoor views are offered, and a significant increase in one’s ability to perform challenging tasks due to improved ventilation.

  • Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

    As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017

    Source: ublog.cyberlink.com

    Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:

    • 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
    • 4 in 10 remote workers say it’s hard to be noticed
    • 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
    • 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
    • 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication 
    • 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
    • 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
    • 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email

     

    [1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]

  • One of the best research round-ups I’ve seen on the impact of nature on human health

    Source: ehp.niehs.nih.gov

    For workplace planners who need the facts to support their efforts to enhance worker performance by increasing contact with nature, this is a goldmine.

  • Standing at work linked to higher risk of heart disease, according to a 12-year Canadian study

    Researchers at the Institute for Work & Health compared workers in jobs that involved mostly sitting with those that required mostly standing. Standers had twice the risk of developing heart disease than sitters.

     

    Source: academic.oup.com

    A combination of sitting, standing and moving on the job is the best approach for heart health.

  • Capital One survey links office design to innovation and employee attraction

    Capital One asked 2,500 full-time office professionals about what workplace features were most important to them.

    Source: press.capitalone.com

    Survey results point to need for flexibility:

    • 82% said workplace design influences innovation
    • 82% said they have their best ideas in flexible workspaces 
    • 57% said their workplace does not support innovation
    • 71% said workplace design is as important or more important than location when choosing an employer
    • Most wanted design elements are natural light and art
    • On-site food and beverages are more important than fitness facilities or even, surprisingly, quiet spaces.