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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.


The New Financial Workplace Report from HOK offers valuable insights for players in any sector.
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The New Financial Workplace Report from HOK offers valuable insights for players in any sector.

"An investigation of the forces reshaping the financial industry and how workplace design can position companies for success."

Source: www.hok.com

This report covers the threats and challenges this and many others sectors are facing such as new entrants, rapidly changing technologies, talent wars, and a loss of public trust. From benchmark space metrics to cryptocurrencies, this 36 page report is a must-read.

Teasers:

  • For every $4 Scotiabank spends on space, they spend $1 on technology
  • “The huge issue is AI and we are all trying to figure out if we will need the growth we are planning for.”
  • Space and technology go hand in hand. If you don’t build the technology to support the great spaces there is no point.
  • Many Ivy League graduates once drawn to the compensation and prestige of a Wall Street job are instead opting for the tech sector, where they see fewer regulations inhibiting innovation and more opportunities for explosive growth.

If any of this interests you, you really need to read the full report. 


Half of AU/NZ firms expected to have activity-based work settings by 2020 
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Half of AU/NZ firms expected to have activity-based work settings by 2020 

The walls have come down, literally and figuratively. In this space where people come together remarkable things happen. From fledgling concept to fully formed and flourishing; an exploration of the (future) workplace in Australia and New Zealand.

Source: six-ideas.info

In this 35 page report, workplace legends Chris Cane and Chris Alcock share 11 case studies from AU and NZ where two-thirds of the workforce expect to be activity-based working (ABW) by 2020. Half of financial institution employees already do.

Each study includes quantified benefits such as:

  • An increase in net promoter scores, engagement, sustainability scores, speed to decision making, and talent attraction
  • A reduction in real estate costs, churn, and waste

While the banking industry has led the charge, the study indicates that all of the major insurance companies, professional consulting organizations, real estate and property sector, and technology companies have made a move toward ABW.

The authors credit the speed at which ABW has advanced in AU/NZ, at least in part, to the pioneering nature of their population. They are eager to try new and better ways of doing things and not afraid of challenging convention.


Does your workplace strategy help people connect with others? If not, perhaps it should.
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Does your workplace strategy help people connect with others? If not, perhaps it should.

Self-reflection, introspection and some degree of solitude are important parts of a psychologically healthy life. But somewhere along the line we seem to have gotten the balance wrong. Because far from confirming our insistence that “happiness comes from within,” a wide body of research tells us almost the exact opposite."

Source: www.nytimes.com

Time use studies show the average person spends little more than 30 minutes a day communicating and socializing! We are eating alone more, attending fewer social events, and "hanging out" virtually rather than face to face.

 

Yet we know good social relationships are essential to both happiness and our health. And we know having friends at work is an important factor in employee engagement.

 

What are you doing to encourage human connectedness? 


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