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What if every surface in your home or office could respond and morph throughout the day?
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What if every surface in your home or office could respond and morph throughout the day?

What if the future smart home were more than gadgets, wires, and flashing lights? What if instead, we used technology to make the existing spaces around us more beautiful?"

Source: www.fastcompany.com

You've no doubt seen or heard of lights that can change color throughout the day, but what about walls? lampshades? sofas? artwork? While the technologies and materials that make this possible are mostly found in laboratories today, you can bet they'll be coming to a home or office near you in the not-too-distant future.


In case you doubted it, new robust study proves small teams fuel radical innovation, but…
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In case you doubted it, new robust study proves small teams fuel radical innovation, but…

“Big teams take the current frontier and exploit it,” Evans says. “They wring the towel. They get that last ounce of possibility out of yesterday’s ideas, faster than anyone else. But small teams fuel the future, generating ideas that, if they succeed, will be the source of big-team development.”

Source: www.theatlantic.com

The researchers looked at more than 65 million scientific papers, patents, and software projects from the past six decades. They concluded that disruptive ideas overwhelmingly come from small teams. But here's the catch, when small teams are funded by large government funds, they lose their advantage and perform no better than large teams. 


Is Airbnb the next WeWork?
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Is Airbnb the next WeWork?

Redefine business travel for your team with Airbnb. Help your team always feel at home, at any price point, anywhere they go, whether for group trips, team off-sites or extended stays.

Source: www.airbnb.co.uk

Looks like Airbnb wants a piece of the workplace pie. Their new video features happy employees using Airbnb's for team off-sites and company retreats. 


WeWork’s purchase of people tracking software raises privacy issues
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WeWork’s purchase of people tracking software raises privacy issues

WeWork’s chief product officer said they’re aiming for a “Google analytics for space,” but their new tech acquisition raises questions about privacy i

Source: therealdeal.com

The WeWork model offers a rich source of data about what people like and dislike about a space. It also affords them insights about how and when people use various types of spaces. With the purchase of Euclid, they will now have the ability to track even more about how people utilize and move between spaces.

 

While the media response points to privacy issues, Euclid's technology is one of many that allows for people tracking. Smart phones, smart watches, sound and heat-sensing lightbulbs, programs that can 'watch' what employees are doing, and  many more technologies are becoming commonplace.

 

Working along side HR, IT, and Risk Management, organizations, particularly those in the U.S. who are not governed by GDPR, would be wise to take a deliberate stand on privacy now, before it is too late.


GitLab’s 2,000 page employee handbook available for free and it’s an amazing read!
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GitLab’s 2,000 page employee handbook available for free and it’s an amazing read!

"The GitLab team handbook is the central repository for how we run the company. Printed, it consists of over 2,000 pages of text. As part of our value of being transparent the handbook is open to the world, and we welcome feedback.

Source: about.gitlab.com

Why would you want to read a 2,000 page employee handbook? Because it's amazing. It covers everything from their core values to chat/email etiquette. There's a whole chapter devoted to communications protocols including how to keep virtual workers from feeling ostracized. Another chapter not only reveals the dozens of apps they use to manage their work, but details about how to use them. 


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