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Check out all the great WE and Friends of WE upcoming events.

Check out all the great WE and Friends of WE upcoming events.

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11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   January WE:binar - Organizational Analytics

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT Hosted by Megan Campbell Organizational Analytics Management is too slow. It can take months or years to evaluate the efficacy of management decisions, from org charts to training programs to workplace designs. This has fostered a myopic focus on cost and making the […]

4:30 PM - 8:00 PM   The Cultural and Physical Transformation of McDonald's HQ: Panel Discussion & Tour
McD HQ, Chicago 

Don’t miss this WE Hub, Chicago event – a private tour/presentation/networking event at the new McDonald’s Headquarters in the West Loop. Located on the former site of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, the new McD HQ is symbolic of the company’s journey to transform its culture and brand with a workplace that supports the ideas of innovation, growth […]

02/25/2019 - 02/27/2019   Work Rebooted Summit
Julia Morgan Ballroom 15th Floor, San Francisco CA

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03/20/2019 - 03/22/2019   World Workplace Europe 2019
Amsterdam, Amsterdam 

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04/08/2019 - 04/10/2019   IFMA Facility Fusion 2019
Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta GA

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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM   RICS World Built Environment Forum
Conrad New York, New York NY

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10/16/2019 - 10/18/2019   IFMA's World Workplace 2019
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ

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HOK Releases Insurance Industry Workplace Report

HOK Releases Insurance Industry Workplace Report

"The New Insurance Workplace" 2018 offers an investigation of the forces reshaping the insurance industry and how workplace design can position companies for success.


This report offers a treasure trove of insights into how insurance industry workplaces are evolving.


Among other things, this 28-page report covers:

- factors that are driving change

- space standards and benchmarking data

- sustainability, mobility, technology, and amenity trends

- case studies


Survey show strong link between office design and job satisfaction in Europe 

Survey show strong link between office design and job satisfaction in Europe 

Kinnarps Next Office® consultancy surveyed over 5,300 employees from over 60 of their clients across Europe to discover what agile looks like when it moves from paper to practice.


When asked how important the office design and environment was to their job satisfaction, the 5,600 employees surveyed in this Kinnarps study answered 5 on a 6 scale. Though the survey results did not include any statistical significance data and was comprised of only Kinnarps customers, the findings are still worth noting. Respondents across six industries (individual reports are available) also answered questions about, among other things:


How they spent their day:

   - 34% writing

   - 29% of the time in meetings

   - 16% planning

   - 12% on the phone

   - 10% other


Where they preferred to work:

  - Three highest answers were personal workstation, concentration workstation, and small meeting room

   - In agile environments, preference for the personal workstation went from 58% to 18%


Preference for meeting room size:

   - Those wanting small meeting rooms outnumbered those wanting large ones by 3:1

BCO Report shows clear connection between indoor conditions and productivity

BCO Report shows clear connection between indoor conditions and productivity

We all know that people’s wellbeing and performance is affected by various environmental conditions, but we haven’t known to what extent. The Whole Life Performance Plus project (WLP+) explores this in three very different buildings.


The report shares the results of two case studies where more than a year's worth of data was collected through continuous physical monitoring, surveys, and human performance testing.


The human performance results were perhaps the most interesting. Using validated tests (numerical, proofreading, processing speed/attention) as a proxy for performance, the study showed that performance was negatively impacted by high temperatures (particularly over 26C/88F), low humidity (particularly below 40%), and high CO2 concentration (particularly above 1000 ppm).


Interestingly, the link between perceived productivity and the the workplace environment were statistically stronger than the links between measured productivity. 



The report concluded that indoor environments need to be examined more granularly if human performance is to be optimized.


Can seven cards change how you communicate about a project? IDEO says theirs can and they’re free.

"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." "The adage has been used in countless ways since the early 1900s, and it’s still the best way I know to describe the challenge of critiquing creative work. What it means to me is, we’re using the wrong language, but it’s all we have."


IDEO went in search of a common language to describe and critique creative excellence. After much deliberation they settled on:

  • Heart
  • Beauty
  • Brains
  • Bravery
  • Magic
  • Mastery
  • Destiny

They then created a card with questions to provoke thought about each. For example, the Bravery card poses the questions:

- Does the work, and the team, embody risk taking?

- Did the work introduce a new perspective, or inspire an organization to change?

- Will the world remember this decades from now?

So instead of stumbling around for words to describe why a design doesn't quite feel right, you might say "it's not brave enough." 

It took me several re-reads to buy into their concept, but now I find myself seeing all kinds of kinds of business applications for this deck of cards from strategic planning, to product development, to workplace design, and beyond.

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