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Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) win 5 awards at IFMA World Workplace; Kate North, Global Chair and co-founder of WE, honored with prestigious Chair Citation 
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Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) win 5 awards at IFMA World Workplace; Kate North, Global Chair and co-founder of WE, honored with prestigious Chair Citation 

Workplace transformation strategist, change leader and community-builder Kate North was honored for her contributions to IFMA and to the facility management profession with a Chair Citation presented by 2017-2018 chair of IFMA’s board of directors William M. O'Neill, CFM.

 

Other awards went to WE leaders: Christopher Hood, Stephen Monaco, Diane Coles-Levine, and Nancy Sanquist-Johnson.   

“As global chair of IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community, Kate North (Colliers) has led a group of forward-thinking workplace strategists to accelerate research, knowledge, and innovation around the emerging workplace,” said William O'Neill, CFM, Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors. “Kate and the WE Community know the workplace is changing; but instead of watching it unfold, they’re making it happen.”

 

Distinguished Author Awards went to:

 

 

Christopher Hood (Advanced Workplace Associates), co-founder of WE Global Chair Award his WE leadership, his commitment to sharing knowledge as the co-host of the WE:binars, and for his work with academic institutions toward expanding their real estate and FM programs to include a holistic approach to workplace transformation. 

 

Hood also accepted the Community Award of Excellence in Communications award on behalf of WE.


Sage People research reveals why productivity is down; only one in three motivated 
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Sage People research reveals why productivity is down; only one in three motivated 

"New research from Sage People, ‘Why your workforce isn’t working’, looks at how employees across companies of all sizes in the US, Canada and the UK view the workplace. The overall trend in productivity growth is stagnant and has been on a downward trend for the last several years.

This is costing the US a staggering $450-$550 billion a year. Industry

Research shows that only 1 in 3 people at work are fully motivated and productive."

Source: www.sagepeople.com

Sage researchers found that many company benefits--such as ping-pong tables and company outings--aren’t improving productivity or keeping staff happy. Only 5% of employees found ping-pong beneficial, and only 9% liked company outings. More than half of respondents found games in the office distracting and a productivity pit.

 

What can organizations do to reverse this trend? Talk to your staff. Ask questions. According to the survey, almost half of respondents have never been asked by their employer how to improve their working experiences.


Private pop-up work tents being marketed as an escape from the open plan office 
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Private pop-up work tents being marketed as an escape from the open plan office 

Pause Pod wants to offer you a one-person escape pod from the tyrannies of the open office plan. This is what a work tent looks like.

 

In an open office plan, you are surrounded by co-workers, buffeted by the winds of their noisy company, whether you like to hear it or not. A new device wants to offer you a one-person escape pod from the tyrannies of this setup.

Pause Pod, which markets itself as the “world’s first private pop up space suitable for all your relaxation needs,” was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in April, and now can be bought in its prototype stage. The Sweden-based entrepreneurs said they were “inspired by the blanket forts we used to build when growing up.”

Source: www.theladders.com

You really have problems at your office if Pause Pods become a line item in your budget. 


Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity
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Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity

"The creative impulse, writes Wilson, did not spring into life 10,000 years ago as some suggest, but dates back more than 100,000 years, to the birth of modern humans. A tripling of brain size over the 3 million years before that had endowed Homo sapiens with increased social intelligence and empathy, paving the way for symbolic language. "

Source: www.nature.com

This round-up of three books (all published this year) suggests creativity may be the result of a "restless brain bored by monotonous input." Novelty may light up our curiosity, but sparks may also come from exposure to complexity, uncertainty, and conflict. 


A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more
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A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more

New designs are partly a backlash to wide-open floor plans and include a “palette of places,” meaning that people don’t sit in just one spot.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The right design and mix of spaces, including places for privacy, have been found to increase unplanned interaction, reduce time spent in formal meetings, and encourage employees to come into the office (rather than working remotely).

 

The article also cites research that points to a 25% increase in productivity when employees are given a choice of spaces, a 6% reduction in absenteeism where outdoor views are offered, and a significant increase in one's ability to perform challenging tasks due to improved ventilation.


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