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New report sheds light on UK worker attitudes toward AI, flexibility, delayed retirement, and social conscience
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New report sheds light on UK worker attitudes toward AI, flexibility, delayed retirement, and social conscience

In partnership with strategic foresight thinktank, The Future Laboratory, we setout to identify and unpack some of the biggest trends driving changes in the workforce, with the aim of helping businesses prepare for the new employment landscape they will shape.

Source: www.unum.co.uk

This report based on 3,000 U.K. workers found that:

  • 48% of workers feel AI will help with mundane tasks
  • 55% feel it will lead to redundancies
  • 36% would like more technology that monitors their work to identify ways they can increase productivity
  • 43% would be interested in tech that optimizes brain chemistry
  • 77% say flexibility at work is very important to them
  • 65% plan to work longer than planned because they want to
  • 56% plan to do so because they have to
  • 74% of older workers want to continually learn
  • 61% felt companies should make a positive contribution to society
  • 50% would be turned off by a company that didn't do so


MIT’s Working on Self-Adjusting Workspaces 
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MIT’s Working on Self-Adjusting Workspaces 

Smart office uses biosensors and machine learning to optimize individual work environments

Source: www.media.mit.edu

Imagine a workspace that adjusts the lighting, sound, and projected images for the kind of work you're doing. MIT, Steelcase, and Phillips are working together to do just that. Using sensors to measure heart rate variability, facial features, and eye focus, this trio is hoping to do. The hope for "mediated atmospheres," as they call them, is to improve human performance, reduce stress, and enhance wellness and well-being. The science behind all this is available here: https://goo.gl/XxnWG9


(99) Something For Introverts
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(99) Something For Introverts

Many introverts are not the quiet little mice you might think. They've learned to 'fake it' just to fit in.

Source: www.facebook.com

When I posted this video to LinkedIn a few weeks ago, I was shocked at the responses from, mostly introverts, who finally felt understood. One commented "introverts are people too."

 

We (yes, I am one, but even friends don't know it) represent about half of the workforce. And while we can be the life of the party, we get our strength from being alone while extroverts get theirs from being with people. So stop trying to drag us out of our shells. We actually like it in here.


Open Offices: The dumbest fad ever or the answer to your innovation prayers?
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Open Offices: The dumbest fad ever or the answer to your innovation prayers?

"For some people, “open office” means tearing down the walls, installing benches, and giving workers the option to sit wherever they want—as long as it’s somewhere in the big open space. For others it represents one choice in an ecosystem of workspaces that allow people to work wherever they want."

Source: fmlink.com

The debate about "open offices" is more about semantics than workplaces. Before we start the bashing or praising, we need to get on the same page about what it means. 

 

This article suggest we focus instead on creating places that cover these "seven critical c's: concentration, contemplation, collaboration, creativity, conversation, community, and caffeine.


Chris North, Gabor Nagy, and Kate Lister hope you’ll join them at World Workplace 2018 for their “Highlights from Global Workplace Benchmarking Study” session
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Chris North, Gabor Nagy, and Kate Lister hope you’ll join them at World Workplace 2018 for their “Highlights from Global Workplace Benchmarking Study” session

Workplace Evolutionairies, a community of practice within IFMA will once again offer a full three days of great content at IFMA's WWP in Charlotte NC, October 3rd through October 5th.

Source: we.ifma.org

This session is not to be missed. It will offer insights into workplace trends across the past decade from “The Once Alternative Workplace Strategy Fifth Annual Benchmarking Report (2018).” Based on 10 years of trend data, covered topics will include: workplace strategies, workplace design, work practices, change management practices, where work is conducted, executive sponsorship, and more. The report was developed by a trio of Workplace Evolutionaries (WE), Chris Hood (Advanced Workplace Associates), Kate Lister (Global Workplace Analytics), and Gaby Nagy, Ph.D. (Haworth, Inc.) and additionally supported by WE/IFMA. Check out this month’s FM Journal for more information. It will be held in the WE room (room 208) from 3pm to 3:30 on October 4th. #wwpchar18 #ifma #weworkplace


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