Join the Workplace Evolutionaries’ session at IFMAWW15 on Seven Things You Could be Getting Wrong with Angie Earlywine.
Whether a workplace program is in its infancy, or mature and refined many times over there are lessons to be learned and toxic workplace practices to quarantine. It’s time to take stock of the corners we’ve cut and the assumptions we've made and regroup on best practices. As we focus on future-proofing the workplace by allowing for maximum flexibility and mobility enablement, could we be doing more harm than good in today's modern workplace? Is your organization ready for a workplace detox?
Check out the whole WE schedule here: http://goo.gl/Lx6rKp
"Hawks-Ladds isn’t the only one who walks out of work feeling like she just survived a mini Ice Age. Many workers around the nation are shivering in their swivel chairs because their offices are over-chilled during the summer months. And the deep chill can cause productivity and environmental problems."
Research shows employees lose 4% to 10% productivity when they are forced to work in temperatures below 70f or above 73f, though they tolerate being too warm vs too cold. Too hot/cold, too noisy, lack of privacy rank in the top three office complaints. This shouldn't be so hard to get right considering that a 4% decrease in productivity costs a company between $2k and $12k per employee per year!
The idea that sitting is the new smoking has gained a lot of traction recently, but new research confirms we shouldn't take it too literally
Of course the answer is balance. Too much of any one thing is generally bad for you. Well, except maybe chocolate.
"Here’s the rub: no one in HR or in the C-Suite is an average employee. No one."
Very good advice here. How many times do you base your decisions on what your employees or customers want based on what you would? It's all too easy to do as Kodak and JC Penney learned the hard way.
"I really believe that unfortunately, the interior design and architectural practices are quickly becoming a commodity. And it’s unfortunate because of their amazing value. ...But, design firms are still struggling for how they can be compensated, and everybody wants everything so fast that nobody’s letting people do the research."
I've seen Kay speak about corporate DNA as it relates to workplace design. She has a unique and fascinating take on why we all shouldn't try to be like Google. She outlines the 6 elements of DNA here.