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Is the office dead? No says Workplace Insight and here’s why.
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Is the office dead? No says Workplace Insight and here’s why.

Those people who have spent the last 25 years proclaiming the death of the office are ignoring the facts that a) it works and b) we like it."

Source: workplaceinsight.net

I'm not sure I agree with the premise that people prefer the office. After all, 60% to 80% of global employees say they'd prefer to work at home, at least part of the time. But, as the author point out, it's not an either/or. Research shows that two to three days a week in either location is the sweet spot for most.

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10 Jun 2015
Remote Teams use PM software to increase efficiency
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Remote Teams use PM software to increase efficiency

The U.S. mobile workforce has increased by nearly 80 percent between 2005 and 2012. We investigate the best practices of successful remote teams, as well as how they use online project management (PM) software.

Source: www.softwareadvice.com

Though the sample size on their survey was small (n=150) the results are none-the-less interesting. BaseCamp is by far the leading PM software used by regular remote workers (2 or more days a week).

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03 Jun 2015
Fascinating article on why some teams outperform others. Guess what? The answer is the same for virtual and co-located teams.
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Fascinating article on why some teams outperform others. Guess what? The answer is the same for virtual and co-located teams.

It’s about listening, empathy and having more women.

Source: www.nytimes.com

What I find most interesting is that the success factors were the sam regardless of whether the teams were face to face or virtual. Emotional intelligence, the ability to read others' emotions, plays an important role even when the team members could not see each other.


Women seem to be naturally better at this than men, hence the number of women on a team increases success.

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03 Jun 2015
Think sitting bad for you? It’s even worse than you thought!
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Think sitting bad for you? It’s even worse than you thought!

"We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe."

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

The news about too much sitting just keeps getting worse: organ damage, cancer, bone damage...the list goes on.

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03 Jun 2015
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