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Workplace design survey reveals employee wants and expectations. Flexibility is key.
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Workplace design survey reveals employee wants and expectations. Flexibility is key.

"Capital One has released the results of its 2018 Work Environment Survey. The survey asked full-time professionals their thoughts on workplace design and environment as it relates to their productivity, innovation, and collaboration with colleagues.

Source: www.dexigner.com

This year's workplace environment survey of 3,500 adults found:

- 85% of employees say a flexible design is important to them

- 42% Millennials say it's very important, compared to 32% of Boomers

- 30% strongly agree companies need an innovative environment to encourage innovation, another 49% agree

- 83% say flexible workplace design fosters innovation

- 80% say it enhances productivity

- 66% say design is equally (33%) or more important than location

 

What they expect from their next employer:

- 58% say flexible hours

- 51% say being able to work remotely

- 47% say access to the latest technology

- 31% say standing desks

- 30% say onsite fitness

 

What they would like to see in their workplace:

- 57% natural light

- 37% easily configurable furniture and spaces

- 36% artwork

- 30% collaborative spaces

- 25% rest/relaxation spaces

- 25% bold colors

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16 Oct 2018
Remote collaboration on steroids: Brain to brain problem solving across distances
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Remote collaboration on steroids: Brain to brain problem solving across distances

BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication.

Source: www.technologyreview.com

While it's no longer sci-fi, there probably won't be any brain-to-brain collaboration tool vendors at IFMA or CoreNet events for some years yet. Still, the fact that this research team has already demonstrated that it can be done is pretty fascinating. 

Here's the short story: Three people, in different locations, are collaborating to solve a Tetris-like game. Two can see the whole screen, one can only see part of it (not the critical part). Using EEGs to record brain signals and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to non-invasively deliver information to the two with full screen views lead the third player to the solution. 

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15 Oct 2018
Study shows workers spend less time outside than prisoners
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Study shows workers spend less time outside than prisoners

"Ambius revealed that that office workers spend just 47 minutes outside during a typical working day, which is less than prisoners, who require at least one hour of outdoor exposure each day, according to UN guidelines."

Source: www.bdcnetwork.com

This thousand-person study of US and UK workers also reported that over a third spend less than 15 minutes outside each day. Not surprisingly, 64% say natural lighting is very important to them. [Disclosure: the study was conducted by a company that specializes in interior landscapes.]

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15 Oct 2018
There’s nothing standard about global space standards
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There’s nothing standard about global space standards

Many of today’s companies are putting in place global guidelines that strive to create consistent work and cultural experiences.

Source: workdesign.com

Kay Sargent from HOK offers an excellent round-up of the challenges and opportunities for workplace design across different parts of the world. She stresses the importance of guidelines vs. standards to accommodate differences in culture, organizational structure, demographics, market conditions, legal issues, and technological factors. 

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15 Oct 2018
New report sheds light on UK worker attitudes toward AI, flexibility, delayed retirement, and social conscience
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New report sheds light on UK worker attitudes toward AI, flexibility, delayed retirement, and social conscience

In partnership with strategic foresight thinktank, The Future Laboratory, we setout to identify and unpack some of the biggest trends driving changes in the workforce, with the aim of helping businesses prepare for the new employment landscape they will shape.

Source: www.unum.co.uk

This report based on 3,000 U.K. workers found that:

  • 48% of workers feel AI will help with mundane tasks
  • 55% feel it will lead to redundancies
  • 36% would like more technology that monitors their work to identify ways they can increase productivity
  • 43% would be interested in tech that optimizes brain chemistry
  • 77% say flexibility at work is very important to them
  • 65% plan to work longer than planned because they want to
  • 56% plan to do so because they have to
  • 74% of older workers want to continually learn
  • 61% felt companies should make a positive contribution to society
  • 50% would be turned off by a company that didn't do so

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15 Oct 2018
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