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HBR Article shows brainstorming simply doesn’t work, but brain-swarming might

"How many times have you been in a brainstorming session this week? Chances are the answer is, “More than I can count.” But no study has proven that brainstorming works well, even though it has been the go-to method for idea generation since 1953."

Source: hbr.org

How many times have you been in a brainstorming session this week? Chances are the answer is, “More than I can count.” But no study has proven that brainstorming works well, even though it has been the go-to method for idea generation since 1953.


I hope to see you at Facility Fusion in Canada next week. I’ll be part of the keynote team.
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I hope to see you at Facility Fusion in Canada next week. I’ll be part of the keynote team.

Are you going to IFMA's Facility Fusion in Vancouver (3/8 to 3/11)? Kate North, Robyn Bews and I will be doing the keynote (The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Agile Work in Canada.

Source: events.ifma.org

There's a great line-up events including a full day of content from Workplace Evolutionaires, a community of practice within IFMA. Be there Monday, March 9th and sign up for the WE master class.


Free Webinars: Experts talk Telework and Flexible Workplace Policy | AgilQuest
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Free Webinars: Experts talk Telework and Flexible Workplace Policy | AgilQuest

"Technology, training and communication alone are not enough for a successful, thriving telework or flexible workplace program. The policies that govern the program and the agreements with the participants are just as important as the furniture, change in culture, and high tech that allows remote work and supports mobile workers."

Source: agilquest.com

I'll be there as one of the experts. I'd love to have you join!


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Study shows vast mismatch between employer/employee perception of level of work-life conflict

"Following a national survey of 1087 professionals, both employed and unemployed, in addition to 116 HR professionals, 67% of HR professionals think that their employees have a balanced work-life, yet almost half (45%) of employees ... feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal activities." 

Source: workplacetrends.com

While 75% of employees ranked workplace flexibility—the easiest way to reduce work-life conflict—as the most important benefit, only half of employers felt it was number one. 


Aetna has long supported flexible work, now they’ve added mindfulness to the mix.
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Aetna has long supported flexible work, now they’ve added mindfulness to the mix.

Mark Bertolini, the chief executive of Aetna, is betting that bringing yoga, meditation and higher wages to his employees will be good business.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Aetna's long been a leader in flexible work. A full 47% of their 50,000 employees work at home. After a skiing accident that left the CEO in permanent pain, he turned to meditation and yoga. Now more than a quarter of his workforce participates in the programs they offer. 


But he didn't stop there. Realizing the impact of financial stress on his employees, he gave his lowest-paid people a 33% raise!


More and more, companies are realizing that well-being is good not just for their people, but for the company too.


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