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MIT’s Working on Self-Adjusting Workspaces 
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MIT’s Working on Self-Adjusting Workspaces 

Smart office uses biosensors and machine learning to optimize individual work environments

Source: www.media.mit.edu

Imagine a workspace that adjusts the lighting, sound, and projected images for the kind of work you're doing. MIT, Steelcase, and Phillips are working together to do just that. Using sensors to measure heart rate variability, facial features, and eye focus, this trio is hoping to do. The hope for "mediated atmospheres," as they call them, is to improve human performance, reduce stress, and enhance wellness and well-being. The science behind all this is available here: https://goo.gl/XxnWG9


(99) Something For Introverts
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(99) Something For Introverts

Many introverts are not the quiet little mice you might think. They've learned to 'fake it' just to fit in.

Source: www.facebook.com

When I posted this video to LinkedIn a few weeks ago, I was shocked at the responses from, mostly introverts, who finally felt understood. One commented "introverts are people too."

 

We (yes, I am one, but even friends don't know it) represent about half of the workforce. And while we can be the life of the party, we get our strength from being alone while extroverts get theirs from being with people. So stop trying to drag us out of our shells. We actually like it in here.


Open Offices: The dumbest fad ever or the answer to your innovation prayers?
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Open Offices: The dumbest fad ever or the answer to your innovation prayers?

"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."

Source: fmlink.com

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.


17 Reasons you should formalize your mobile, activity-based, or unassigned desk program. Plus dozens of tips for how to do it.
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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.

Source: fmlink.com

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


New study establishes link between autonomy, mental health, and turnover2
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New study establishes link between autonomy, mental health, and turnover2

The objectives of this study are to 1) examine the direct effect of psychosocial work characteristics (as measured by job autonomy and work-related pressure) in relation to self-reported psychological morbidity symptoms and early retirement retentions, and 2) to investigate burnout as mediating variable of these postulated associations. The study involved 593 NHS consultants (Male = 63.1%) from hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales. 

The study concluded that high job autonomy negatively predicted anxiety, depression, and intention to retire. While this may be intuitive to those familiar with the link between autonomy and employee engagement, this offers additional fodder for the argument against micromanagement and in favor of performance-based outcomes.


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