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If office noise is such a problem, why don’t noisy coffee shops, airports, or co-working spaces bother us?

If office noise is such a problem, why don’t noisy coffee shops, airports, or co-working spaces bother us?

"The problem may be that, in our offices, we can’t stop ourselves from getting drawn into others’ conversations or from being interrupted while we’re trying to focus. Indeed, the EEG researchers found that face-to-face interactions, conversations, and other disruptions negatively affect the creative process."

Source: hbr.org

This HBR article suggests the problem with noisy offices is more a matter of who's making the noise than how loud it is. Recent brain science suggests just the right amount of noise (i.e. coffee shop level) may enhance creativity.


Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) win 5 awards at IFMA World Workplace; Kate North, Global Chair and co-founder of WE, honored with prestigious Chair Citation 

Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) win 5 awards at IFMA World Workplace; Kate North, Global Chair and co-founder of WE, honored with prestigious Chair Citation 

Workplace transformation strategist, change leader and community-builder Kate North was honored for her contributions to IFMA and to the facility management profession with a Chair Citation presented by 2017-2018 chair of IFMA’s board of directors William M. O'Neill, CFM.

 

Other awards went to WE leaders: Christopher Hood, Stephen Monaco, Diane Coles-Levine, and Nancy Sanquist-Johnson.   

“As global chair of IFMA’s Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Community, Kate North (Colliers) has led a group of forward-thinking workplace strategists to accelerate research, knowledge, and innovation around the emerging workplace,” said William O'Neill, CFM, Chair of IFMA’s Board of Directors. “Kate and the WE Community know the workplace is changing; but instead of watching it unfold, they’re making it happen.”

 

Distinguished Author Awards went to:

 

 

Christopher Hood (Advanced Workplace Associates), co-founder of WE Global Chair Award his WE leadership, his commitment to sharing knowledge as the co-host of the WE:binars, and for his work with academic institutions toward expanding their real estate and FM programs to include a holistic approach to workplace transformation. 

 

Hood also accepted the Community Award of Excellence in Communications award on behalf of WE.


Using nature to battle noise pollution in the office: Plantronics takes a creative approach to open office distractions

Using nature to battle noise pollution in the office: Plantronics takes a creative approach to open office distractions

In the Netherlands, global headset manufacturer Plantronics is finding novel new ways to counter noise pollution in its new flagship smart workspace.

 

More and more businesses move to open plan environments in an attempt to engender higher collaboration between employees and better utilisation of the floor space by bringing in flexible or smart working practices.” But these actions, According to Paul Clark, Managing Director for Plantronics in Europe and Africa, are putting people in a “melting pot of noise.”

Source: www.leesmanindex.com

Key points:

 

  • Leesman’s research says dissatisfaction with “noise levels” is the strongest likely indicator that a person’s workplace is affecting their productivity
  • Plantronics research shows that 93% of office workers claim to be adversely affected by the noise in their workplace
  • 73% report that their employer takes no action to address the problem
  • 61% of respondents say that they take matters into their own hands by listening to music and other audio through headphones

 

Plantronics opted for biophilic solutions, adding the sound of running water as an “overlay to the general hubbub” of the office.


Corporate Learning Needs to Step Up its Game and Measure Results

Corporate Learning Needs to Step Up its Game and Measure Results

“...most corporate learning strategies have roots in traditional learning approaches. It is critical that new learning departs from these approaches and we increase self-direction for all employees, especially those who are new to the workforce.”

Source: www.raconteur.net

The pace of change demands continual learning. A course here or a course there won't cut it. As technologies for immediate/micro-learning, artificial/augmented intelligence, gamification, and personalization options mature, it will be increasingly important to measure what works rather than just rolling out the latest technology.


Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity

Insights from 3 books on the origins and neuroscience of creativity

"The creative impulse, writes Wilson, did not spring into life 10,000 years ago as some suggest, but dates back more than 100,000 years, to the birth of modern humans. A tripling of brain size over the 3 million years before that had endowed Homo sapiens with increased social intelligence and empathy, paving the way for symbolic language. "

Source: www.nature.com

This round-up of three books (all published this year) suggests creativity may be the result of a "restless brain bored by monotonous input." Novelty may light up our curiosity, but sparks may also come from exposure to complexity, uncertainty, and conflict. 


Nearly 3 in 10 employees say their workplace fails to enable productivity. Lack of privacy and too much noise among top complaints. 

Nearly 3 in 10 employees say their workplace fails to enable productivity. Lack of privacy and too much noise among top complaints. 

A survey involving over 275k global employees showed only 28% would agree with the statement "my workplace allows me to work productively." Another 15% were neutral.

Source: www.leesmanindex.com

Over 90% say individual focused or desk-based work are important to their job, yet these are spaces are what they are most lacking. 

 

More worrying is that a third of post-renovation/relocation projects deliver below average productivity. The report point to the need for more attention to post-move behavior modification.


Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017

Source: ublog.cyberlink.com

Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:

  • 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
  • 4 in 10 remote workers say it's hard to be noticed
  • 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
  • 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
  • 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication 
  • 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
  • 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
  • 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email

 

[1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]


A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more

A choice of workspaces (including more private space) yields greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and more

New designs are partly a backlash to wide-open floor plans and include a “palette of places,” meaning that people don’t sit in just one spot.

Source: www.nytimes.com

The right design and mix of spaces, including places for privacy, have been found to increase unplanned interaction, reduce time spent in formal meetings, and encourage employees to come into the office (rather than working remotely).

 

The article also cites research that points to a 25% increase in productivity when employees are given a choice of spaces, a 6% reduction in absenteeism where outdoor views are offered, and a significant increase in one's ability to perform challenging tasks due to improved ventilation.


Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

Remote Communications and Technology Still a Challenge

As a staggering 43% of us are working remotely right now we partnered with YouGov to ask 1,543 US workers their reality of working remotely in 2017

Source: ublog.cyberlink.com

Survey points to the need for better remote collaboration solutions:

  • 4 in 10 say an important call has been dropped
  • 4 in 10 remote workers say it's hard to be noticed
  • 4 in 10 say remote workers miss out on culture
  • 3 in 10 have used the wrong version of a document
  • 2 in 5 have misinterpreted the tone of written communication 
  • 2 in 10 have been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
  • 1 in 4 say an important video meeting has dropped
  • 1 in 5 have mistakenly replied all to an email

 

[1,543 surveyed by YouGov for Cyberlink]


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