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Yet another lambast of the open office from the NYT. Spoiler Alert: Layout makes colonoscopy scheduling even worse.
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Yet another lambast of the open office from the NYT. Spoiler Alert: Layout makes colonoscopy scheduling even worse.

The average amount of space per office worker in North America dropped to 176 square feet in 2012, from 225 in 2010, as companies have sought to cut costs.

Source: www.nytimes.com

Yet another in a continuing stream of discontent of open office. Office designers/organizational leaders are you listening? It can't be just about saving money! People cost far more.


David Coleman’s Survey Shows Top Collaboration Trends for 2015
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David Coleman’s Survey Shows Top Collaboration Trends for 2015

Companies of all sizes have adopted collaboration tools, but many still struggle to find tools that meet all of their needs. The following trends come in part from data and conclusions from a recent survey of over 500 practitioners."

Source: www.cmswire.com

Note to self: virtual teams are the norm; meetings are poor because no one is measuring results; the problem isn't the technology, it's the behaviors. 


Lots of good advice here.


46% of US workers would suffer almost anything to avoid attending meetings—including getting a root canal
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46% of US workers would suffer almost anything to avoid attending meetings—including getting a root canal

In a recent Harris poll, sponsored by the online collaboration company Clarizen, 46 percent of respondents said they'd prefer to do almost anything else instead of sittng in a status meeting. Seventeen percent said they would choose to watch paint dry. Eight percent said they would opt for root canal.

Source: www.inc.com

The report concluded that, if a team eliminated status meetings, they’d see productivity increase by 20%. Impressive!


Not in the same office with your manager? Here are some tips for success.
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Not in the same office with your manager? Here are some tips for success.

"Scott Berkun started his career and spent nearly a decade at Microsoft. He rose to become a lead program manager, running a team that worked on Internet Explorer. But in 2010, he was offered a job at Automattic, the company behind the blogging platform WordPress.com."

Source: www.govexec.com

Takeaways: 

1) Talk things out in advance

2) Don't be afraid to be a bit more aggressive.

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Six Steps to Attracting and Retaining the Best and Brightest in 2015
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Six Steps to Attracting and Retaining the Best and Brightest in 2015

As the economy continues to improve, so does the job market, and some employees may be considering their options. Companies worldwide are doubling down on their retention and recruitment initiative...

Source: chicagocreativespace.com

In short: Use different channels, find a way to stand out, recognize that your workplace matters, appeal to a range of age groups, offer flexibility, and get creative.


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