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Think driverless cars won’t impact your business? Think again. 

Think driverless cars won’t impact your business? Think again. 

Fast food, real estate, military operations, even home improvement — many large industries will have to shift their strategies in the wake of driverless cars.

Source: www.cbinsights.com

The article points to 33 industries that stand to win or lose when humans take a back seat to driving. The more interesting ones include:

  • Parking garages/lots: According to Mckinsey, driverless cars could eliminate the need for 61 billion square feet of unnecessary parking space. Remaining spaces will need to be reconfigured for the new normal.
  • Residential real estate: Bloomberg predicts a devaluation of urban residential space allocation of space. An increase in urban sprawl is predicted by many. Homeowners may repurpose garages as living space.
  • Commercial real estate: The phrase "location, location, location" will lose its importance.
  • Healthcare: Collision-free driving could reduce US healthcare costs by $500B/year. 
  • Insurance/Legal professions: 94% of car crashes are due to human error. Driverless cars will shift the insurance burden to the manufacturers/fleet owners and reduce litigation.


Unassigned desk trend makes the WSJ

Unassigned desk trend makes the WSJ

Group workspaces at the office are going mainstream, but employers must work to make the transition from assigned seats a smooth one.

Source: www.wsj.com

The WSJ featured Perkins + Will, Fifth Third, and Unilever in this article about the trend in unassigned desks. The message is, they may hate it at first, but in the end they're love it. It ends with a list of good transition tips that emphasize the importance of rules, technology, and choice.


Google, SAP, and others are using mindfulness to ease digital disruption woes

Google, SAP, and others are using mindfulness to ease digital disruption woes

SAP and Google have adopted workplace mindfulness programs that address job disruption caused by artificial intelligence and other emerging tech. Are they on to something CIOs should know?

Source: searchcio.techtarget.com

Not long ago the concept of mindfulness would have brought a round of giggles and guffaws in the boardroom. Those days are gone. SAP has delivered mindfulness training to over 6,000 employees, another 5,000+ are patiently waiting for their turn.

While the concept bombed with senior leadership when it was termed 'mindfulness training', 'attention training' was an instant hit. Google uses it to help employees prepare for new roles as AI replaces jobs.

Takeaways:

  • Watch your language. 'Stress training,' for example, may turn off those who aren't stressed.
  • Make it your own. It's not necessarily about incense and sitting cross-legged. 
  • Lead with knowledge. Hard research will dissuade naysayers.


Upcoming WE events…Find one near you

Upcoming WE events…Find one near you

From its inception, WE has desired to be a truly global community to expand our collective workplace intelligence and build a network of workplace strategist throughout the world. More than a dozen WE HUBs already exist in Sweden, Australia, and in cities across North America. 

Source: we.ifma.org

WE'd love to see you at one of these upcoming WE events:

 

  • April 16 & 17, Pollinator & WE PDX, Portland OR
  • April 19 WEbinar: Mobility in the Workplace 
  • May 15-17, WE at WorldWorkplace Europe, Barcelona
  • June 18-22, NYC WE:HUB, Workplace Week, New York NY
  • June 19-20, WE at Facility Fusion, Québec City
  • June 20, WE:HUB Smartworking Summit, London

 

Stay tuned to http://we.ifma.org/events/ for updates!

 

Don't see an event near you? Maybe you should start a HUB in your city! Message Kati Barklund (Europe) or Eric Johnson for details.


Study quantifies the impact of diversity in leadership on innovation revenue and margins

Study quantifies the impact of diversity in leadership on innovation revenue and margins

Want to generate inventive new ideas that can win in the market? Build management teams comprising people with the widest possible range of backgrounds and perspectives.

Source: www.bcg.com

A new study from Boston Consulting Group quantifies the benefit of diversity on innovation and financial performance.

The report points to the fact that people with different backgrounds and experiences often see the problem in new ways. Specific findings included:

  • Companies with above average diversity scores averaged 45% income from products and services launched in the past three years. Those with below-average scores averaged just 26% innovation income.
  • Margins for the above-average group were 9 percentage points higher than the low diversity group.
  • The biggest payoff came from diversity in national origin, industry backgrounds, gender and career path. Age and educational focus showed impact too, but to a lesser extent.

There's lot's more to read here, so if innovation is important to you (and it should be), take the time to read the whole thing.


1 in 5 young UK millennials have said “no thanks” to poor office design.

1 in 5 young UK millennials have said “no thanks” to poor office design.

Over a fifth of millennials have turned their back on a job because of the poor design of an office: 16%t of 18-24 year olds said that they have left a job because of how poorly designed the office was, while 31% of UK workers said their working environment makes is uninspired.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Amenities Checklist:

  • Kitchen - check
  • Meeting rooms - check
  • Free coffee - check
  • Ability to attract young talent - uncheck

What do they really care about?

  • Natural light
  • Air conditioning
  • Interior lighting
  • Doggie daycare
  • Breakout areas that offer privacy

Admittedly, Mindspace has skin in the game, but this isn't the first study that shows what employers think their people want and what they really want is pretty darn different.

The bottom line:  Ask them (the people you're trying to attract) what matters to them.


What Neuroscience is Telling Us about Designing for Creativity and Innovation

What Neuroscience is Telling Us about Designing for Creativity and Innovation

"It seems two very different behaviors optimize creative thinking for innovation processes...If we never rest, can’t focus, or don't work with each other, we miss out on finding new ideas and fail to execute them."

Source: www.haworth.com

This new paper from Haworth gets at the brain science behind creativity and innovation. Though the terms are often used in close proximity or even interchangeably, they are completely different. Importantly, the kind of physical environment that supports one, is all wrong for the other.

Key takeaways:

  • There's a sweet spot that's ‘just right’ for creativity to flourish. It's where distractions, stress, and emotions are not high enough to sabotage our ability to focus, but not so low that we’re bored.
  • Innovation occurs when people create together. It requires both group focus and periods of socializing.
  • Serendipitous interactions—particularly among people with diverse backgrounds—fuel innovation, but ‘protected areas’ where teams can feel safe amongst themselves are important too.

  • A supportive work culture is equally, if not more important than the physical environment. People need to be psychologically empowered to move between spaces as they choose. They need to feel valued, appreciated, and supported by their colleagues and by leadership. They need to feel psychologically safe to stare out the window, take a walk, share what they know, offer a different point of view, or fail.


Circulation space…you need more than you may think. Let’s do the math.

Circulation space…you need more than you may think. Let’s do the math.

An common miscalculation in circulation space can underestimate usable area requirements by between 9% and 20%; a very significant difference that has both practical and legal ramifications.

Source: www.interiorsandsources.com

 

This article explains how a simple error in the application of a circulation multiplier in a space program can have serious consequences, putting your firm at risk for advising the client to purchase, build, or lease a space that is too small for their needs. It is a simple error, one the authors have seen made by well-known firms.

The bottom line is, if you want 30% circulation space in a 10,000 square foot area, you need multiply the program elements (e.g., offices, workstations, meeting rooms, support areas) by 42.86%, not 30%.


The high cost of poor health: The latest from Willis Towers Watson

The high cost of poor health: The latest from Willis Towers Watson

"The Willis Towers Watson Global Benefits Attitudes Survey (GBAS) survey takes an in-depth look at the role of benefits in defining and differentiating today’s employee value proposition.

Source: www.willistowerswatson.com

The high cost of poor health is just one of the many startling findings in Willis Towers Watson's biennial survey of over 31,000 global employees. In particular, when compared to employees in good health, those in poor health:

  • Take twice the number sick days
  • Are twice as likely to be disengaged
  • Three times more likely to report above-average or high stress

Employees with financial worries fare even worse than those with poor physical health. That's critical because financial well-being has taken a nose-dive in most developed countries.

  • In the U.S, short-term financial security dropped 13 percentage points between 2015 and 2017 (from 48% to 38% reporting they feel secure).
  • More than half of global employees live from paycheck to paycheck and report they'd be unable to come up with $2k if they suddenly needed it. 

In spite of all the attention employers are paying to health and well-being programs, less than a third of U.S., Canada, and EMEA employees feel the initiatives have helped them live healthier lives. 

The report suggests employers focus on:

  • Financial counseling, tools, and training
  • Flexibility and choice among well-being programs
  • Increasing employee engagement with programs

 


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