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The why and how of ‘play’ at work
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The why and how of ‘play’ at work

When we play, we improvise, imagine, and inspire—all of which is good for business. Here’s how to add playfulness to business strategy.

Source: www.bcg.com

The article suggests that somewhere between improvisation and imagination lies inspiration and play is essential to all three. It asserts that play is not the opposite or work, that's leisure. Play is part of productive work, especially where innovation is concerned. To encourage an atmosphere of play, the authors suggest we:

  1. Eliminate the risk of rejection or embarrassment
  2. Forget about goals; only then can your mind wander
  3. Create boundaries, areas where play is welcome and encouraged
  4. Encourage spontaneity and impulsiveness
  5. Be patient. Sometimes play yields great new ideas and sometimes it doesn't, at least not right away. 


Think driverless cars won’t impact your business? Think again. 
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Think driverless cars won’t impact your business? Think again. 

Fast food, real estate, military operations, even home improvement — many large industries will have to shift their strategies in the wake of driverless cars.

Source: www.cbinsights.com

The article points to 33 industries that stand to win or lose when humans take a back seat to driving. The more interesting ones include:

  • Parking garages/lots: According to Mckinsey, driverless cars could eliminate the need for 61 billion square feet of unnecessary parking space. Remaining spaces will need to be reconfigured for the new normal.
  • Residential real estate: Bloomberg predicts a devaluation of urban residential space allocation of space. An increase in urban sprawl is predicted by many. Homeowners may repurpose garages as living space.
  • Commercial real estate: The phrase "location, location, location" will lose its importance.
  • Healthcare: Collision-free driving could reduce US healthcare costs by $500B/year. 
  • Insurance/Legal professions: 94% of car crashes are due to human error. Driverless cars will shift the insurance burden to the manufacturers/fleet owners and reduce litigation.


Unassigned desk trend makes the WSJ
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Unassigned desk trend makes the WSJ

Group workspaces at the office are going mainstream, but employers must work to make the transition from assigned seats a smooth one.

Source: www.wsj.com

The WSJ featured Perkins + Will, Fifth Third, and Unilever in this article about the trend in unassigned desks. The message is, they may hate it at first, but in the end they're love it. It ends with a list of good transition tips that emphasize the importance of rules, technology, and choice.


Google, SAP, and others are using mindfulness to ease digital disruption woes
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Google, SAP, and others are using mindfulness to ease digital disruption woes

SAP and Google have adopted workplace mindfulness programs that address job disruption caused by artificial intelligence and other emerging tech. Are they on to something CIOs should know?

Source: searchcio.techtarget.com

Not long ago the concept of mindfulness would have brought a round of giggles and guffaws in the boardroom. Those days are gone. SAP has delivered mindfulness training to over 6,000 employees, another 5,000+ are patiently waiting for their turn.

While the concept bombed with senior leadership when it was termed 'mindfulness training', 'attention training' was an instant hit. Google uses it to help employees prepare for new roles as AI replaces jobs.

Takeaways:

  • Watch your language. 'Stress training,' for example, may turn off those who aren't stressed.
  • Make it your own. It's not necessarily about incense and sitting cross-legged. 
  • Lead with knowledge. Hard research will dissuade naysayers.


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