"New research from Sage People, ‘Why your workforce isn’t working’, looks at how employees across companies of all sizes in the US, Canada and the UK view the workplace. The overall trend in productivity growth is stagnant and has been on a downward trend for the last several years.
This is costing the US a staggering $450-$550 billion a year. Industry
Research shows that only 1 in 3 people at work are fully motivated and productive."
Sage researchers found that many company benefits--such as ping-pong tables and company outings--aren’t improving productivity or keeping staff happy. Only 5% of employees found ping-pong beneficial, and only 9% liked company outings. More than half of respondents found games in the office distracting and a productivity pit.
What can organizations do to reverse this trend? Talk to your staff. Ask questions. According to the survey, almost half of respondents have never been asked by their employer how to improve their working experiences.
Pause Pod wants to offer you a one-person escape pod from the tyrannies of the open office plan. This is what a work tent looks like.
In an open office plan, you are surrounded by co-workers, buffeted by the winds of their noisy company, whether you like to hear it or not. A new device wants to offer you a one-person escape pod from the tyrannies of this setup.
Pause Pod, which markets itself as the “world’s first private pop up space suitable for all your relaxation needs,” was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in April, and now can be bought in its prototype stage. The Sweden-based entrepreneurs said they were “inspired by the blanket forts we used to build when growing up.”
You really have problems at your office if Pause Pods become a line item in your budget.
"Although many firms believe large, open-plan workspaces help collaboration, in fact, unless staff are in close proximity ‘you might as well be in Belgium’, said Dr Millard. However research has shown that put workers too close together and they clam up, as if being stuck in a lift together"
Dr. Millard suggests distractions and task switching among the biggest problems with open plan where "one size fits nobody."
Will offices no longer be needed? No, says Millard. They're still important -- if only for socializing.
"New study forecasts only one in five workers are in occupations that will shrink; lays out blueprint for reskilling workers
“The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030" The study takes an entirely new approach to forecasting employment and skill demands in the US and UK.
- Education, healthcare, and wider public sector occupations are likely to grow while some low-skilled jobs, in fields like construction and agriculture, are less likely to suffer poor labor market outcomes
- Future skills predicted to be in greater demand include:
- Interpersonal skills, (teaching, social perceptiveness, and coordination, as well as related knowledge, such as psychology and anthropology)
- Higher-order cognitive skills (originality, fluency of ideas, and active learning)
- Systems skills (the ability to recognize, understand and act on interconnections and feedback loops in sociotechnical systems, systems analysis, and systems evaluation).
Advice to employers: Begin training existing employees for future skills.
Coworking industry tracker cites concern over increased competition, overvaluation, and Regus’ plunge in value
The coworking industry is getting more competitive. Recent examples include stories about coworking spaces offering of a year's free rent to prospective tenants, reports of coworking spaces spying on competitors and coworking spaces closing down due to growing competition.
Some are questioning the sustainability of co-working with Regus’ reporting a loss of 1/3rd their marketing value, a WSJ article likening WeWork's $20 Billion valuation to "pixie dust," and increased competition traditional office buildings, libraries, and coffee shops.