Agile Work News

  • Join me at the RICS Summit LA on June 19 to talk about the future Real Estate and the Built Environment

    The Summit Series Americas brings together thought leaders from across the region sharing their knowledge about current issues in the industry.


    This one-day Summit on the built environment offers great content from leading experts on:

    • Globalization and Built Environment
    • Prop-tech and the future of cities
    • Con-tech, standards and the power of productivity
    • Economic cycles – global and local
    • The impact of a changing workplace
    • Is the built environment sustainable?
    • A view of the future
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  • Don’t miss your chance to tour 18 of the best NY workplaces during this year’s Workplace Week! 

    The Workplace Week New York 2019 Interactive Program can be found here. See all workplace tour and fringe event information here.


    The tours take place from June 24-28 and they’re selling out fast! All proceeds go to @IHaveADreamNY. Get an exclusive look inside companies including @Paul_Hastings @MarketAxess @IPGMediabrands @TowersWatson @Metlife @Shutterstock and many more! #WWNewYork

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  • Wrist-based sensors tell wearers which design puts them most at ease

    The project studied visitors’ neurological responses to different interiors; it was a collaboration with an architect, furniture brand, and laboratory.


    During Milan Design Week, Google debuted an wristband that measures sweat, skin tension, and heart rate. After wearers were walked through a series of three rooms, each distinctly designed to evoke a sense of calm, a printout showed which one put them most at ease. Though experimental, the technology holds the promise of furthering the science of design.

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  • DisruptHR in San Fran with Josh Bersin!—It’s selling out quickly. Just $45 (4/30 starting at 5:30). 

    Do you know about the 21 new jobs that will help drive the future? How about building a gig economy inside your company? Did you know your career could advance through a community? Would you like to hear how a marketing guy is turning engagement upside down?

    Join us fellow disrupters and thought leaders and participate on how to create a "new" HR. Josh Bersin our keynote followed by 8 outstanding speakers in our “lightning round” format.

    You’ll also enjoy wine, drinks, scrumptious bites and power networking throughout the evening. We look forward to seeing you there!













    I’m helping to promote the DisruptHR in SF on 4/30. It looks like a fabulous event and it’s just $45. Here’s the lineup: Josh Bersin will describe a “Simply Irresistible Organization. Kelley Stevens-Waiss will describe how she is re-skilling an up-skilling talent in an internal gig marketplace. Vlad Coho will describe how product marketing principles and agile methods can turn the engagement model upside down. Here’s the link (it won’t let me shorten it):

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  • How to overcome the common challenges in workplace change

    What is the workplace all about and what are the key success factors to creating performing workplaces?


    Workplace Evolutionary, Kati Barklund, offers succinct advice on the importance of the culture element of workplace change:

    – Strategic alignment

    – People-centricity

    – Workplace holistics

    – Workplace continuity

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  • Don’t miss these upcoming WE events.


    March WE:binar – Health is the New Black

    Thursday, March 21, 2019 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT Hosted by  Megan Campbell and Emily Dunn Health is the New Black “You think you know coworking, But you don’t” Discussion Topics: – The loneliness epidemic – What does coworking look like from a global perspective – Statistics on how coworking can make humans happier […]


    IFMA Facility Fusion 2019 
    Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta GA – April 8-10

    Join WE at Facility Fusion for leading edge presentations, WE Case Studies, a highly interactive workshop and tour of some of the most progressive workplaces in Atlanta.


    RICS Regional Summit. 4-24, Vancouver CAN RICS World Built Environment Forum, 5-13, New York RICS Regional Summit, 6-5, Los Angeles


    IFMA’s World Workplace 2019
    Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ

    Registration is open for World Workplace Phoenix!

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  • How To: Use coworking to enhance your workplace mix

    Learn when off-site coworking facilities can be a benefit and how to go about making sure they are successful. This is a rapidly growing part of the working population.


    Each month WE contributes an article to FMLink. This month, Workplace Evolutionary, Susan Streur looks at the risks and rewards of using coworking as part of the corporate real estate mix.

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  • How To: Quantify the ROI of Workplace Change

    FMJ’s  How-To Guide features article on how to quantify the impact of workplace change.


    WE contributes a monthly column to FM Journal. This month Workplace Evolutionary, Kate Lister shows how to quantify the impact of workplace change on productivity, engagement, and turnover and offers tips on how to design spaces that improve all three.


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  • Leigh Stringer’s summarizes takeaways from First Annual Design Well Conference in San Diego

    In case you missed it, here is a recap of the recent Design Well pre-conference and conference in San Diego, California that took place January 21-23, 2019.


    Here’s a recap of some of the topics and recommended resources  at this Friends of WE event:

      – Check out ASID’s WELL Platinum+LEED Platinum space (with metrics)

      – Mindful materials offers a one-stop-shop for data on the health and environmental impact of products from leading manufacturers

      – Kay Sargent stressed the need for attention to neuro-diversity in workplace design

    There are many more in the full recap.

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  • Human Capital Reporting – Coming to a Shareholder’s Report Near You

    "Depending on the extent to which companies voluntarily adopt the new ISO standards, stakeholders — investors, analysts, customers, and current and prospective employees — would have a new category of data with which to assess organizational value and the prospects for financial and non-financial returns from investments in human capital."


    A group of large institutional investors (representing $80 Trillion in assets) have been pushing the SEC to require companies to report on human capital practices. Late last year, ISO released its guidelines; 23 metrics across 9 categories including diversity, ethics, trust, productivity, skills, availability and more.  

    Some countries are likely to make this reporting mandatory. Interestingly, the article indicates the conversation has shifted from one of providing a measure of corporate value to one of disclosing good (or bad) citizenship.

    Workplace strategists might look to this list for examples of good pre/post-project metrics.

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