Kate Lister and Tom Harnish have spent their combined 80 working years (they started at a very young age) as entrepreneurs, innovators, consultants, and even corporate employees. Along the way, they’ve learned a thing or two about a wide range of subjects and are frequently called upon to pontificate on topics such as workplace strategy, business management, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance, wellness, science, technology, aviation, the future, and more.
As workplace strategy thought-leaders, Kate and Tom have earned the respect of leading public and private sector professionals around the world.
Their work is grounded in rigorous research, and they maintain a proprietary database of over 4,000 case studies, academic papers, and news items on the impact of how and where people work on employee engagement, attraction and retention, sustainability, shareholder value, productivity, wellness and well-being, and more.
Together they have written three books (and contributed chapters to two others), numerous white papers, hundreds of articles, extensive web copy, and an acclaimed e-learning course used companies in American and Europe.
Books by Kate Lister and Tom Harnish
Publisher, John Wiley & Sons
- Undress For Success—The Naked Truth About Making Money from Home
- The Directory of Venture Capital (two editions)
- Finding Money—The Small Business Guide to Financing
Kate has contributed chapters to:
- Work on the Move 2: The Business Case for Wellness & Well-Being (IFMA Foundation, 2016)
- Telework Across the World: U.S. Chapter (Edward Elgar Publishing, est. 2019)
They have also been quoted in the following books:
- The Healthy Workplace Nudge, Rex Miller and Dr. Michael O’Neill (Wiley 2018)
- Rebooting Work, Maynard Webb (Wiley 2013)
- Green Recovery, Andrew Winston (Harvard Business 2019)
Kate and Tom’s white papers have been sponsored by organizations including HOK, Haworth, Knoll, Citrix, Delos Living, e-Work.com, WorkshiftCanada, and others. Most can be downloaded for free on our white papers page.
Thought Leadership Papers on Mobile Work and Telecommuting
- The State of Telecommuting in the U.S. (2017)
- The Business Case for Workshifting in Canada, Shaw Communications (2016)
- Remote Workforce: Getting IT Right, Targus (infographic 2015)
- The Dollars and Sense of Remote Work, Targus (infographic 2015)
- Remote Work Increases Productivity, Targus (infographic 2015)
- Federal Telework — Obstacles and Opportunities, Citrix (2013)
- Federal Telework—Return on Taxpayer Investment (2013)
- The Bottom Line on Telework, Thurston (WA) Region State and Local Government (2013)
This paper led to a Governor’s proclamation to increase public sector telework.
- Accountability: The Key to Government Telework (Federal Times)
- The State of Telework in the U.S. – Five Year Trend and Forecast, Citrix (2011)
- The Bottom Line on Telework In Canada, WorkShift Canada (2011)
- The Bottom Line on Telework – California State Workforce (2011)
- The Shifting Nature of Work In The UK, Citrix (2011)
- Telework in the U.S.— The Bottom Line Benefits, Citrix (2010)
Other White Papers, Articles, and Commissioned Work
- Ten Years of Workplace Progress (or not), FMJ Magazine (September 2018)
- Wanna take a load off your facilities manager? Formalize how, when, and where your people work, FMLink (2018)
- Purpose Begets Engagement, Work Design Magazine (May 2018)
- The Dollars and Sense of Well-Being, Work Design Magazine (January 2018)
- The Once Alternative Workplace Strategies Report & Benchmarking Study, Advanced Workplace Associates, Haworth, and Global Workplace Analytics(co-author, 2018)
- Flexibility for Volatility: Building a High-Performance Defense Workplace, HOK/Knoll (contributor, 2018)
- The New Financial Workplace: How workplace design can position companies for success, HOK (contributor, 2018)
- IOT and the Workplace of Tomorrow (2018, private client)
- Coworking – A Corporate Real Estate Perspective, HOK (ghost co-author, 2017)
- What’s Good for People: Moving from Wellness to Well-Being, Knoll (2015)
- Results-Based Management – Unlock Talent, Increase Productivity, Citrix (2010)
- Financial Sector Brief (private client project)
- Analysis of the impact of technology on work-life conflict in the U.S., International Labor Organization; part of a worldwide study (U.S. contributor, 2017)
- The Business Case for Employee Well-Being (private client)
- Work&Place: What can we learn from the co-working phenomenon?, Interview with Melissa Marsh for Work & Place magazine (2014)
- Prepare your employees for a new way of working, e-Learning course with eWork.com (2015)
- New Ways of Working, Best Practices Magazine (2013)
Kate and Tom have written hundreds of articles on a wide range of topics for organizations including American Express, Entrepreneur magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Banking, and many others.
A wide range of styles:
e-Learning Course Authors
Kate and Tom co-authored an online interactive course called “The Case for Change” to help executives, middle managers, and employees better understand and embrace the need for workplace change. It has been translated in a dozen languages and is being used by organizations across the globe including the U.S. General Services Administration, Deloitte, Zurich Financial, AT&T, and others.
Web Site Development
Tom has built, maintained, and populated more than dozen websites (including this one).
Kate and Tom are award-winning photographers and can create images that enhance their articles.
Speeches, Workshops, Webinars
When Kate and Tom aren’t working with clients or writing about new ways of working, they’re happy to talk about it both virtually and in person. They have spoken at industry events for organizations and sponsors including Citrix, Verizon, SXSW, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Society for Human Resource Management, Department of Defense Computer Institute, the Facilities Management Association, Association for Commuter Transportation, Greenbuild, CoreNet, WorldatWork, Verizon, Wharton School of Business, Temple University, Corestates Bank, Keystone Bank, Liberty Bank, Unisys, Eastman Kodak, and others.