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17 Reasons you should formalize your mobile, activity-based, or unassigned desk program. Plus dozens of tips for how to do it.
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17 Reasons you should formalize your mobile, activity-based, or unassigned desk program. Plus dozens of tips for how to do it.

New research shows strong trend toward formal workplace policies around activity-based working, unassigned desks, mobile work, and telework. Here’s what you need to know.

Source: fmlink.com

If you've been running your workplace program without formal policies, practices, and training, this is a must read. It's based on a new benchmarking report sponsored by IFMA's Workplace Evolutionaries.

 

The 'Tips' section offers dozens of must-have policies and guidelines for:

  • Space usage
  • Tools and Technology
  • Remote or mobile workers
  • And more


What Canadians like, dislike, need, want from their workplaces & even their facilities managers
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What Canadians like, dislike, need, want from their workplaces & even their facilities managers

This study, conducted by Staples, included over 500 Canadian employees. 

Source: www.staplesbusinessadvantage.ca

The report covers a wide range of topics and is well worth reading if you're interested in what's happening in Canadian work trends. It includes a surprise section on what employees want and expect from their facility managers and how they feel about their offices.

 

Highlights of the Facilities Management (FM) section:

- 82% of employees feel their FM plays a role in their success

- 59% say FMs are underappreciated

- 65% say the FMs role should be strategic and they should be given maximum resources to get their job done

 

Other Highlights:

- Only 29% of employers offer agile seating

- 38% work in open space, 38% work in semi-open space, and 23% work in mostly closed offices

- 66% spend some of their time working outside the office. Of those 48% sometime work at home and 17% sometimes work in co-working spaces

- 48% say the look and feel of the office space is a major factor in selecting an employer

 

Other topics covered in the study include:

  • Workplace distractions
  • Health and wellness
  • Seasonal and vacation habits


Nearly all professionals say they need flexibility, but only half say their job offers it
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Nearly all professionals say they need flexibility, but only half say their job offers it

"In our study on flexibility in the modern workforce, we set out to determine whether a gap exists between flexibility supply and demand. In other words, how many people need flexibility, and how many people actually have it? To find out, we surveyed 1,583 white-collar professionals representative of the U.S. workforce at large."

Source: hbr.org

While more than 9 out of 10 professionals surveyed say they want flexibility in when and where they work, less than half have it. The study also found:

  • Only 29% felt the way the worked was sustainable over time
  • Only 37% felt inspired by their workspace
  • Only 29% said they brought their whole self to work

 

Respondents without flexibility were:

  • 2x more likely to quit
  • 2x more likely to be dissatisfied with work 
  • Had employee net promoter scores 48 points lower

 

The study suggests a wide range of flexible work options including flexible hours, flexible location, reduced travel, and part-time work. 

 

 


Vermont will pay employees $10k to move there and telecommute
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Vermont will pay employees $10k to move there and telecommute

"The money — part of a grant program designed to draw tech workers and revitalize the state’s aging work force — is intended to help with costs like relocation, computer software and hardware, broadband access and membership in a shared professional space."

Source: www.nytimes.com

Desperate to renew its dwindling population, Vermont will pay people up to $10k (over 2 years) to establish a permanent home there. The only catch is they have to work remotely for an out of state company. Funding is limited, so grab your skies, pick your cheese, and head on over to their website.


Fifth biennial benchmarking study reveals big shifts in workplace strategy
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Fifth biennial benchmarking study reveals big shifts in workplace strategy

Many of what we once considered alternative workplace strategies, have now become mainstream. Now in its fifth year, this benchmarking study was conducted by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), Global Workplace Analytics, and Haworth Inc., and additionally supported by Workplace Evolutionaries, a community of practice within the International Facilities Management Association. Over 130 organizations representing over 2.3 million global employees responded. The results were compared to longitudinal data collected across four similar surveys fielded since 2008.

Source: globalworkplaceanalytics.com

The 'Once Alternative Workplace Strategies Report’, reveals significant changes in how and where people work. Some of the more interesting findings include:

  • The worry over a loss in productivity when people are able to work anywhere is entirely unfounded.
  • People impacts, rather than cost savings, are now the primary measure of success
  • Internal mobility has more than doubled since 2008; External mobility (working at home, coworking places, outside the office) has remained flat
  • Nearly half of employees are still permanently assigned to one space; no change since 2008
  • Employee involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of workplace change programs has decreased significantly

The free 50+ page report can be downloaded at http://we.ifma.org/resources/we-research/.


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