"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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
"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"
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.
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?
There's nothing particularly new here but this short video would make a great conversation starter for your next planning session.
"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."
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.
IA has some great workplace images of pets in the workplace. The article cites a study showing the impact of pet presence on employee well-being.
There's no doubt pets are good for people, so why deprive them of their comfort for half their waking hours? https://goo.gl/C9kifC
The 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Report was released today by Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs.
The report covers trends in the telecommuting workforce over the last ten years including:
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 …
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.
... 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.
Per usual, @Sodexo has pulled together a must-read report about the current and future state of work.