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Four out of ten 12th graders don’t have adequate reading and writing skills

Four out of ten 12th graders don’t have adequate reading and writing skills

"Three-quarters of both 12th and 8th graders lack proficiency in writing, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress. And 40 percent of those who took the ACT writing exam in the high school class of 2016 lacked the reading and writing skills necessary to successfully complete a college-level English composition class, according to the company’s data.

Source: www.nytimes.com

This lack of basic skills is scary, particularly since emotional intelligence and the ability to communicate clearly will be key to the future of jobs.


Stress does NOT decrease longevity…unless you believe it does

Stress does NOT decrease longevity…unless you believe it does

Eight year study of 28k people "found that having a lot of stress in your life was not linked with premature death. But having a lot of stress in your life and believing it was taking a toll on your health increased risk of dying by 43 percent.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The lesson here is we need to learn how to change how we think about stress and even use it to our advantage.

 

The next time you're feeling stressed, think about how: 

  • That pounding heartbeat gathering energy to ready your body for the challenge
  • Your heavy breathing is simply oxygenating your brain to help you think more clearly
  • Your increased blood pressure is fueling your muscles and strengthening your body


Japan turns to telework to improve work-life balance

Japan turns to telework to improve work-life balance

More and more Japanese companies are rising to the call of prime minister Shinzo Abe to fix Japan's moribund economy by giving employees the flexibility to work remotely. The practice is known as "telework," or terewaku, in Japan, and it's slowly gaining traction in a country where corporate norms such as putting in face time i

Source: qz.com

Here's a interesting read about the push for more workplace flexibility in Japan that's actually being led by the prime minister. The challenges they mention are a flashback to decades past in the US and other countries. But their strong culture of facetime may be a unique change management issue.


Future of Work Predictions: Technology will be liberate us from the tyranny of geography

Future of Work Predictions: Technology will be liberate us from the tyranny of geography

"In short, we will see more disruptive innovation than in the whole of the 20th century...Increasingly, in most business sectors, we will be able to work wherever we want to. In this ‘anywhere economy’ the glue that holds everything together as a fluid and functioning dispersed work eco-system will be hyper-connected digital networks"

Source: www.virgin.com

I love the sentence about being "liberated by the tyranny of geography." The author talks about the impact of BYOD, fear of being replaced by technology, flying cars, eating bugs, and more.


Deloitte video on the future of work

Deloitte video on the future of work

The future of work holds myriad possibilities for change. In order to adapt, we need to zoom out and understand the interconnections among evolving technology, demographics, and power dynamics. Are you prepared?

Source: dupress.deloitte.com

There's nothing particularly new here but this short video would make a great conversation starter for your next planning session.


Apple’s HQ the “Ring” – Is it a Cathedral?

Apple’s HQ the “Ring” – Is it a Cathedral?

"This project is about a legacy, timeless design, and the belief that the design of a headquarters can shape a company’s trajectory and inspire generations of future workers and leaders for years to come."

Source: hbr.org

Not open plan. Not particularly flexible. Certainly not an off-the-shelf solution. But in terms of what it was built to do, inspire, it certainly does.


Telecommuting up 115% says new report – Demographic data offers some surprises

Telecommuting up 115% says new report – Demographic data offers some surprises

The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Report was released today by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs.

Source: globalworkplaceanalytics.com

The report covers trends in the telecommuting workforce over the last ten years including:

 
• Demographics of the average telecommuter (age, gender, education, salary)
• Telecommuting by industry, occupation, and sector
• Telecommuting by metro area (prevalence and growth)
• Actual and potential economic and environmental impact of telecommuting


Technology is often neglected in workplace change initiatives @CRE.tech 

Technology is often neglected in workplace change initiatives @CRE.tech 

Last week in Chicago, cre.tech and MetaProp NYC presented a CRE.tech LIVE seminar about “Innovative and Productive Workplaces.” Hosted by JLL, the coffee-fueled event brought together some of the brightest workplace strategy experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with today’s rapidly changing office technology. Ed Nolan, JLL’s Managing Director of Workplace Strategy …

Source: cre.tech

This is a must-read for any organization involved in workplace change. We so often operate in silos that unless IT is leading the change, it's the last thing the workplace strategist thinks about.


2017 Global Workplace Trends Report from Sodexo offers a wealth of information 

2017 Global Workplace Trends Report from Sodexo offers a wealth of information 

... with a growing understanding that many subtle factors influence employee performance, smart companies are looking to disciplines such as space design, wellness, intergenerational learning and corporate responsibility to gain an edge. 

Source: sodexoinsights.com

Per usual, @Sodexo has pulled together a must-read report about the current and future state of work.


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