If you were there, you already know all how great WWP was this year. If you weren't, be sure to come next year!
World Workplace Fun:
For the second year in a row, WE won the Community of the Year award! Our fearless founder, Kate North, gratefully accepted the award on the Community's behalf. WE also won a private NASCAR tour for community engagement leading up to WWP.
The WE sessions drew standing-room-only crowds!
"For some people, “open office” means tearing down the walls, installing benches, and giving workers the option to sit wherever they want—as long as it’s somewhere in the big open space. For others it represents one choice in an ecosystem of workspaces that allow people to work wherever they want."
The debate about "open offices" is more about semantics than workplaces. Before we start the bashing or praising, we need to get on the same page about what it means.
This article suggest we focus instead on creating places that cover these "seven critical c's: concentration, contemplation, collaboration, creativity, conversation, community, and caffeine.
IFMA World Workplace 2018 is right around the corner and the Workplace Evolutionaries Community (WE) has a line-up you won't want to miss. Be sure to come early. The fun and learning begins on Wednesday, October 4 at 8 a.m. (Charlotte NC).
Wednesday 10/4 kicks off at 8am and includes:
- A year of insights from the the industry's top workplace innovators (led by renowned podcaster, Mike Petrusky from iOffice)
- Workshop: The Discovery that Forever Changed the Future and How we Work (led by best-selling author Bill Jensen)
- Explore the fascinating Erste Campus case study with workplace strategist Martin Ruppe
- Shift Happens: IT, REAL, ESUS and WE come together for a cross-functional look at the Top 3 "Big Shifts”
Thursday 10/5 look forward to:
- WE HUB Workshop: Share experiences with HUB leaders from around the world and learn how to start a HUB in your area
- Seven great sessions on topics that include: Evolving Technologies and New Innovations, How FM Can Drive Culture and Engagement, Findings from the 5th Biennial Global Workplace Benchmarking Survey, Demystifying the Workplace Experience, Revelations and Calculations about Circulation, and Making the Change Process Predictable
-WE Tour, WE Learn, and WE socialize with IA
Friday offers a lineup worth staying for:
Six great sessions on: Redefining Experience, The Need for Focus, Quantifying the Impact of Workplace Change, Quantifying a Great Experience, The Future of Work Through the Lens of HR, IT, and CRE/FM, A New Landscape of Work, Cracking the Code on Unassigned Seating, and Hacking the Workplace.
Come Early and Stay Late so you don't miss out!
17 Reasons you should formalize your mobile, activity-based, or unassigned desk program. Plus dozens of tips for how to do it.
New research shows strong trend toward formal workplace policies around activity-based working, unassigned desks, mobile work, and telework. Here’s what you need to know.
If you've been running your workplace program without formal policies, practices, and training, this is a must read. It's based on a new benchmarking report sponsored by IFMA's Workplace Evolutionaries.
The 'Tips' section offers dozens of must-have policies and guidelines for:
- Space usage
- Tools and Technology
- Remote or mobile workers
- And more
WE is a truly global community and thanks to our WE:Hubs the list of local events continues to expand.
Come to one of our great local events:
Date/Time Event 07/26/2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM WE Hub NYC Cocktail Party
Allsteel Showroom, New York NY
WE NYC HUB Event07/31/2018
3:45 PM - 7:30 PM William Blair Tour & Case Study: Leveraging Performance Metrics to Impact the Workplace
William Blair, Chicago Illinois
WE Hub Chicago Event08/01/2018
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM WE: Hub Southeast Wisconsin Launch Event
Eppstein Uhen Architects – Rooftop Terrace, Milwaukee WI
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM WE Hub SoCal Wine Tasting
Long Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach CA
WE Hub SoCal Event09/19/2018 - 09/21/2018 WE Finland transdisciplinary workplace research conference
Tampere University of Technology, Tampere
WE Finland and the Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) network welcomes participants to the 1st Bi-annual Conference on work environment research09/26/2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM September UK WE:Hub: Smartworking Summit
Smartwork Summit, London
September WE:Hub UK: Owning the Mindset Change
This Palm Beach hotel has some of the happiest employees and guests in America. That's because they've made wellness a business imperative.
Wellness programs get mixed reviews, but Breakers Palm Beach, an upscale Florida resort, shows they can work. The bragging rights they've earned with their programs includes:
- A 4:1 return on investment based on healthcare savings
- Turnover that's 55% lower than peers
- A 30:1 ratio of applications received to jobs posted
- 92% of employees calling it a great place to work
The difference, according to Leigh Stringer the author of this Slate article, lies in management's deep commitment to the belief that happy employees make for happy customers.
Support for its broad-based health and wellness programs comes from the very top of the organization, the family who owns the resort and its top executives. It takes more than just offering gym privileges, flexible hours, and remote work options, reports Stringer. It takes a culture that gives employees permission to take advantage of the offerings.
Many of what we once considered alternative workplace strategies, have now become mainstream. Now in its fifth year, this benchmarking study was conducted by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), Global Workplace Analytics, and Haworth Inc., and additionally supported by Workplace Evolutionaries, a community of practice within the International Facilities Management Association. Over 130 organizations representing over 2.3 million global employees responded. The results were compared to longitudinal data collected across four similar surveys fielded since 2008.
The 'Once Alternative Workplace Strategies Report’, reveals significant changes in how and where people work. Some of the more interesting findings include:
- The worry over a loss in productivity when people are able to work anywhere is entirely unfounded.
- People impacts, rather than cost savings, are now the primary measure of success
- Internal mobility has more than doubled since 2008; External mobility (working at home, coworking places, outside the office) has remained flat
- Nearly half of employees are still permanently assigned to one space; no change since 2008
- Employee involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of workplace change programs has decreased significantly
The free 50+ page report can be downloaded at http://we.ifma.org/resources/we-research/.
You've got a full hour until your next meeting. But you probably won't make the most of that time, new research suggests. In a series of eight studies, both in the lab and real life, researchers found that free time seems shorter to people when it comes before a task or appointment on their calendar.
According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, free time seems shorter when it precedes a meeting, appointment, or even lunch with a friend.
So, if you ask a person how much time they had to read in a free hours, on average they'd say 50 minutes. They pad it with a "just in case factor." If they have a meeting scheduled an hour from now, they double the padding and estimate 40 minutes. These results were consistent with real life studies and, by the way, the opposite was true also. People get more done when their time is not bounded by stop time.
So how do we get that time back? The author has two suggestions: 1) stack meetings close together for part of the day and leave the balance for unbounded work, and 2) train yourself to remember you actually have more time than you think.
"Americans took more than 500 million domestic business trips in 2016. And while many workplace health programs for business travel provide immunizations, information about avoiding food-borne illness, and alerts about civil or political unrest, few focus on a more a common threat to health: the stress, sleep interruption, unhealthy eating and drinking, and lack of exercise that are common side effects of being on the road."
The study found that compared to those who spent 6 nights or less away from home, those who traveled for business 14 or more nights a month had higher body mass scores and were more likely to report symptoms of anxiety, depression, alcohol dependence, physical inactivity, and poor sleep. For extreme travelers, those who spent 21 or more nights a month traveling for business, were 92% more likely to be obese.
The HBR article suggests employers:
- Rethink the need for employee travel
- Increase employee awareness of the need to eat, exercise and sleep well while traveling
- Provide stress management and sleep hygiene training
- Book travelers at hotels that offer fitness options and/or provide gym memberships they can use wherever they travel
"Some firms say they care about the well-being and “happiness” of their employees. But are such claims hype or scientific good sense? We provide evidence, for a classic piece rate setting, that happiness
makes people more productive."
This rigorously academic study, showed employee happiness predicted a 10-12% increase in productivity across three different styles of experiment. The opposite proved true as well.