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Why remote work should approached strategically instead of tactically
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Why remote work should approached strategically instead of tactically

"The changes remote work has introduced have happened so gradually you may not have noticed. But its growing popularity is remaking how we work, the tools we use to work, how we communicate at work, and even the hours we work.”

Source: www.vox.com

Good article with lots of data to support the benefits of remote work including increased productivity, better work-life balance, being able to live in more affordable areas, and more.

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21 Oct 2019
Working remotely: the pros and cons of working from home
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Working remotely: the pros and cons of working from home

The changes remote work has introduced have happened so gradually you may not have noticed. But its growing popularity is remaking how we work, the tools we use to work, how we communicate at work, and even the hours we work. It’s also connected to population shifts from big cities to less populated areas, and it’s upending sectors of commercial real estate, both in terms of how spaces are designed and where they’re located.

Source: www.vox.com

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21 Oct 2019
HOK’s “Designing a Neurodiverse Workplace” report is a must-read
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HOK’s “Designing a Neurodiverse Workplace” report is a must-read

Neurodiversity, is an umbrella term for people who aren’t neurotypical, and includes such conditions as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and others. HOK’s comprehensive report shows how businesses can design for inclusion of this portion of the workforce.

Source: www.hok.com

Fifteen to twenty percent of people have conditions that mean, to borrow a phrase from Apple, they “think different.” They represent a hugely under-utilized portion of the workforce. 

 

Designing workspaces that are more inclusive of their diversity can help them perform better. A buzzing florescent light can be annoying for some but debilitating for others.

  

The report offers practical takeaways including specific design strategies, operational changes, and individual adjustments that can help not only this underutilized source of talent thrive, but benefit the rest of your workforce in the process.

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12 Sep 2019
Recent studies show wellness programs don’t work. So what does?
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Recent studies show wellness programs don’t work. So what does?

“The research shows that employer health and wellness efforts fall short despite company investments in on-site gyms, ergonomics and healthy food choices...”

Source: view.com

Summary results from a survey of 1,600 professionals shows the right air, light, water, and temperature are more important to employees than perks like fitness facilities and healthy food choices.

 

If your wellness programs aren't working, maybe it's time to go back to the basics.

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11 Sep 2019
Forget STEM, the real skills gap is behavioral
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Forget STEM, the real skills gap is behavioral

While digital skills remain important, soft skills have surpassed them in importance for executives around the world."

Source: www.ibm.com

Kids are learning skills today for jobs that won't exist by the time they graduate. Skilled people fuel the global economy, but the half-life of useful skills is shrinking at a rapid rate. AI will pick up some of the load making retraining a crucial corporate function and uniquely human skills even more valuable. Behavioral skills such as agility and flexibility, ability to set priorities, innovation and creativity, ethics and integrity will be prized. 

 

Amazingly, 50% of organizations are whistling past the graveyard with no skills development strategies today. And those that do have one are going to have to find new ways to find, train, and retain talent. Using analytics to predict and infer skills supply and demand will be essential.

 

This report will help you understand the issue and provide three intriguing solutions: make it personal, turn up the transparency, and look inside and out.

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11 Sep 2019
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