Open offices have again become the workplace standard—but is this format good for productivity?
Very strange article. Well, at least the title. The majority of the piece talks about all that's bad about open office. The study it cites regarding the fact that millennials don't mind it, specifically states: "The main limitation of this research is the small sample size. The results cannot be generalized to all young office employees; rather, they are intended to give a first in?depth insight into the experiences of one specific group of users in the complex interrelated open?plan office system."
Frankly, I'm tired of this whole topic. We know what works best is a blend of space that allows people to work in an environment that suits them best.
Headed to IFMA's Facility Fusion Florida? I hope you'll come to my session: The Impact of Work and Place on Wellness, Well-Being, Engagement and the Bottom Line (Tuesday 4/21 at 9:50 a.m.).
In recent years, too much emphasis has been placed on reducing costs—often at the expense of an organization's most expensive and valuable assets, its people. Leading organizations are changing the way they work to ensure the sustainability of their people.
Based on extensive research and a review of over hundreds of case studies, academic papers and other documents, this session will show how workplace strategy can reduce chronic disease risk factors and ultimately have a positive impact on: absenteeism, presenteeism, healthcare costs, insurance premiums employee engagement and satisfaction, morale, attraction and retention, safety, customer satisfaction, organizational reputation and shareholder value.
This session will showcase global organizations that are using workplace strategy to increase employee well-being.
Time to get involved
Imagine your idea being published for thousands of professionals to ponder over. It could be your solution that is used in organisations all over the world. It starts as a thought and can end up as real action but to begin you need to take the plunge.
I submitted the idea of using stories and/or gamification to break down silos and win the hearts and minds of constituents. I'd love your thoughts and comments.
"In a recent memo, which was first reported by Quartz on Thursday, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wrote that he is offering any exit strategy to any workers who aren't sold on the unconventional idea [of no corporate hierarchy].
We all know change management is hard, but the Zappos chief has a novel approach. Get with the concept or get out.
At first it struck me as a bit brash and unfeeling, but the more I thought about it the more I warmed to the idea. The move is saying two things: 1) We ARE going to change the way we do things so if you think you can hold out, you're mistaken, and 2) it's fine if you disagree, but it will be better for both of us if we part ways here—and oh, by the way, here's 3 months pay for accepting the new reality.
Whether called telecommuting, teleworking or mobile work, flexible work arrangements are highly valued by today’s workforce. They are equally beneficial for companies because they create engaged em...
The author makes a good case for workplace flexibility. Not just in terms of hiring great people, but for many other reasons as well. Download his free white paper, Form Follows Function, to learn more.
"In today’s world where technology is advancing at lightning speed, the opportunity to work away from the traditional office becomes increasingly more accessible....Unfortunately, with this freedom comes the risk of decreased productivity through cyberslacking, which involves getting distracted with Internet activities when employees should be doing their jobs.
The article, and much of the authors' research, suggests that cyber-slacking can be anticipated with personality testing. Much has to do with how they score on honesty and procrastination.
Are you interested in dramatically increasing your Workplace IQ around new ways of working and building your network of fellow Workplace Evolutionaries? If so, come join us on Monday, April 20th at Facility Fusion in Orlando!
It's a full day of case studies, futuristic visions, and novel approaches to the how and where of work, plus some great camaraderie with fellow workplace strategists. And that's not all! The learning and networking continues throughout the week!
"Car rental business Enterprise Holdings has transformed its employee experience in a sustainable Headquarters."
The new facility and approach offers employees a blend of on-site and off-site settings that allow them to work where and when they are most effective.
Early results of research comparing worker performance have found agile workers to be more efficient, productive and effective than those working traditional patterns. However some personality type...
The report shows performance actually increases proportionately with the amount of flexibility. But it also notes that certain personality types find it harder to adapt, particularly those categorized as influencers. Also worth noting: 1) between 20% to 30% said agile work has a negative impact on teamwork, 2) depending on personality, between 14% and 37% care about flashy offices.
What do organizations have to gain from improving employee well-being and employee engagement
Their report uncovers some surprising mismatches between what employers and employees think creates stress. For example, employers rate "lack of work-life balance" as top stressor. Employees rank it as #5.
It also shows that highly engaged employees are far more receptive to their employer's wellness initiatives than those less engaged.