"The New Insurance Workplace" 2018 offers an investigation of the forces reshaping the insurance industry and how workplace design can position companies for success.
This report offers a treasure trove of insights into how insurance industry workplaces are evolving.
Among other things, this 28-page report covers:
- factors that are driving change
- space standards and benchmarking data
- sustainability, mobility, technology, and amenity trends
- case studies
JLL survey reveals latest work styles require new planning methods
JLL's Annual Occupancy Benchmarking Guide came out in December. The whole report is a must-read, but here is some data to wet your appetite:
- 69% Report occupancy benchmarking and metrics
- 51% report density (rsf/seat)
- 52% report density of 150-225 rsf/person (highest in N.A.)
- 72% report 150-225 rsf/seat (100% in Latin America)
- RSF/person is highest for Utilities industry and lowest for Communications (263 sf and 158 sf respectively)
- 41% have office-to-workstation ratios at 10+% (down from 57% in 2017)
- 66% track space utilization (72% for EMEA)
- 43% use a combination of technology and observation
- 30% track utilization on an on-going basis
- 38% utilize their office space less than 60% of the time
- Highest utilization among non-profits, lowest in utilities
- 30% of global respondents (and 64% of APAC) have more than 20% of employee population designated as mobile (not needing an assigned desk)
- Mobility highest in N.A. and lowest in LA/SA
- Of those with mobility programs
- 80% Utilize neighborhoods
- 80% Use IWMS or CAFM to track mobility
- 61% Have mobility space standards
- 36% Have work-at-home programs (down from 45% in 2017)
The report additionally offers industry and geographic breakdowns, and data about space standards, workstation size, visitor workspace, case studies, and more.
Kinnarps Next Office® consultancy surveyed over 5,300 employees from over 60 of their clients across Europe to discover what agile looks like when it moves from paper to practice.
When asked how important the office design and environment was to their job satisfaction, the 5,600 employees surveyed in this Kinnarps study answered 5 on a 6 scale. Though the survey results did not include any statistical significance data and was comprised of only Kinnarps customers, the findings are still worth noting. Respondents across six industries (individual reports are available) also answered questions about, among other things:
How they spent their day:
- 34% writing
- 29% of the time in meetings
- 16% planning
- 12% on the phone
- 10% other
Where they preferred to work:
- Three highest answers were personal workstation, concentration workstation, and small meeting room
- In agile environments, preference for the personal workstation went from 58% to 18%
Preference for meeting room size:
- Those wanting small meeting rooms outnumbered those wanting large ones by 3:1
Being bad-tempered and pessimistic helps you to earn more, live longer and enjoy a healthier marriage. It’s almost enough to put a smile on the dourest of faces.
With all the focus on happiness these days, this BBC article may come as a bit of a shock. It turns out the office Eeyore or Chicken Little are likely healthier and more creative than the folks doing their happy dance. They're also likely to earn more money, be better negotiators, be less selfish, and stay married longer.
Citing numerous studies, the article offers reasons for these counterintuitive findings, such as:
- People who suppress their anger and unhappiness have three times the number of heart attacks compared to those who hold it in
- Pessimists don't have very high expectations so they are happily surprised when things go well
- Being slightly down enhances social awareness
- Happiness hormones can reduce our ability to recognize threats
- Pessimists plan for the worst and are therefore more prepared when it happens
Have you hugged the office grump today?
Finally, a CliffsNotes-esque primer on leading technologies for those of us who read a book rather than figuring out the TV remote
Strategic technology trends have the potential to drive significant disruption and deliver significant opportunity. Enterprise architecture and technology innovation leaders must evaluate these top trends to identify opportunities, counter threats and create competitive advantage.
Do you find yourself nodding your head like you get leading-edge technologies when you really don't have a clue? If so, this Gartner report is for you (sign-in required, but no fee). Though intended as a top trends report, it doubles as a CliffsNotes-esque primer for, let's face it, the majority of us who really don't understand.
The report covers near-term business implications for:
- Autonomous Things
- Augmented Analytics
- Digital Twins
- Empowered Edge
- Immersive Experience
- Smart Spaces
- Digital Ethics/Privacy
- Quantum Computing