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Senior Executive Service Is Meant to Be Mobile, according to Lawmaker
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Senior Executive Service Is Meant to Be Mobile, according to Lawmaker

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has introduced legislation that would require senior executives at VA to be reassigned every five years. Wait, mobile mean change jobs every five years?  Old school, man, old school. The head of the House #veterans’ Affairs Committee on Tuesday defended his legislative proposal to reassign VA senior executives to new posts every five years and limit the number of bonuses the...

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What’s Good for People? Moving from Wellness to Well-Being

Our latest paper, commissioned by Knoll Download Key Take-Aways The bottom line impact is clear, wellness needs to be a strategic priority. Stockholders would demand it, if they understood. Most organizations invest in wellness, but few address broader well-being. The indirect costs of poor health and well-being trump direct costs by a wide margin. There is a direct relationship between well-being and healthcare costs, productivity and...

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ReWork: Rethinking Work and Well-being | Arianna Huffington
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ReWork: Rethinking Work and Well-being | Arianna Huffington

“Well-being has migrated from marginal to mainstream, finally coming to be seen for what it is: the best way, indeed the only way, to maximize not just happiness and fulfillment but productivity, creativity and, yes, profit. It’s the only sustainable way forward, not just for individuals but for companies, communities and the planet.” Read the full article at huffingtonpost.com


IBM’s recall of remote workers sounds like a death rattle. Say “goodbye” to the best and brightest.
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IBM’s recall of remote workers sounds like a death rattle. Say “goodbye” to the best and brightest.

“Everyone I know is very upset,” says one employee, who like most interviewed asked to remain anonymous while discussing an employer. Some workers furiously began looking for new jobs. Others say they have stopped contributing to long-term projects because they aren’t sure whether they’ll be around in the future. "

Source: qz.com

They can say "goodbye" to the best and brightest talent. Iike Yahoo and Best Buy, IBM is in deep trouble. Somehow that seems to create a "circle the wagons" reaction.

 

But the connection between co-location and collaboration or innovation has NOT been proven. Many of the studies often cited in these arguments date back to the early 1990s when working at a distance was much more difficult. 

 

What has been proven is that: 1) open offices are distracting and counterproductive. They are a particular nightmare for introverts who make up over 40% of employees; and 2) workplace flexibility is key to attracting and retaining talent.


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. 


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!


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. 


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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