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Subtle signs of employee engagement are everywhere, even the office fridge and bathroom stall.
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Subtle signs of employee engagement are everywhere, even the office fridge and bathroom stall.

One morning last week, I opened the office refrigerator and saw that a gallon of milk had spilled inside. It was 8:30am, and I was facing my first moral test of the day: Would I clean it up, or shut the door and slowly back away? At my old job, I’m sad to say

Source: qz.com

Engagement surveys are important, but a careful look around the office can offer a quick read. When people show respect for their space and their co-workers, it shows. 

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08 Mar 2017
Now here’s an interesting headline: “Fight Trump. Work from home”
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Now here’s an interesting headline: “Fight Trump. Work from home”

About 135 million Americans commute to work, and according to a 2016 survey by research firm Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), 50 percent of them have jobs they could do remotely at least part time. If all those workers skipped the commute just every other day, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as we would by taking 9 million cars off the road.

Source: www.motherjones.com

The article points to employer and employee benefits of remote work including reduced work-life conflict, lower greenhouse gas emissions, a reduction on the outbound migration of talent, and even...increased voter turnout!

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07 Mar 2017
Subway system adds musical surprise and increases stair usage by 66%
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Subway system adds musical surprise and increases stair usage by 66%

If ‘something is as simple as fun’, it’s the easiest way to change people’s behavior for the better. Behind such a simple idea is a lot more than you might think. The Fun Theory, an initiative supported by Volkswagen, set themselves the challenge to prove this… In this exact case there’s a set of stairs, leading out …

Source: mb.ntd.tv

What a great way to get people to exercise. 

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03 Mar 2017
Dell’s goal of 50,000 employees telecommuting by 2020 driven by real estate savings and sustainability 
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Dell’s goal of 50,000 employees telecommuting by 2020 driven by real estate savings and sustainability 

"Whether you call it telecommuting, remote work, mobile work or distributed work, these flexible-work arrangements are here to stay, ...says Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based consulting firm that specializes in flexible-workplace strategies."

Source: www.hreonline.com

Already 20k Dell employees work at home and average of about 10 days a month. Their program dates back to 2009 when they discovered their office space was grossly underutilized.

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03 Mar 2017
35k Fujitsu employees will be offered unlimited telework after successful trial shows increased productivity
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35k Fujitsu employees will be offered unlimited telework after successful trial shows increased productivity

TOKYO -- Fujitsu announced unlimited telework will be available to all 35k permanent employees. 

Source: asia.nikkei.com

The article indicates this is the largest Japanese telework initiative yet but others including Microsoft Japan and snack manufacturer, Calbee have expanded their programs too.

 

In part a response to government's focus on better work-life balance for its citizens, Fujitsu also hopes to demonstrate how their own technology can support a remote workforce. 

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01 Mar 2017
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