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Nearly all professionals say they need flexibility, but only half say their job offers it
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Nearly all professionals say they need flexibility, but only half say their job offers it

"In our study on flexibility in the modern workforce, we set out to determine whether a gap exists between flexibility supply and demand. In other words, how many people need flexibility, and how many people actually have it? To find out, we surveyed 1,583 white-collar professionals representative of the U.S. workforce at large."

Source: hbr.org

While more than 9 out of 10 professionals surveyed say they want flexibility in when and where they work, less than half have it. The study also found:

  • Only 29% felt the way the worked was sustainable over time
  • Only 37% felt inspired by their workspace
  • Only 29% said they brought their whole self to work

 

Respondents without flexibility were:

  • 2x more likely to quit
  • 2x more likely to be dissatisfied with work 
  • Had employee net promoter scores 48 points lower

 

The study suggests a wide range of flexible work options including flexible hours, flexible location, reduced travel, and part-time work. 

 

 


1 in 5 young UK millennials have said “no thanks” to poor office design.
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1 in 5 young UK millennials have said “no thanks” to poor office design.

Over a fifth of millennials have turned their back on a job because of the poor design of an office: 16%t of 18-24 year olds said that they have left a job because of how poorly designed the office was, while 31% of UK workers said their working environment makes is uninspired.

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Amenities Checklist:

  • Kitchen - check
  • Meeting rooms - check
  • Free coffee - check
  • Ability to attract young talent - uncheck

What do they really care about?

  • Natural light
  • Air conditioning
  • Interior lighting
  • Doggie daycare
  • Breakout areas that offer privacy

Admittedly, Mindspace has skin in the game, but this isn't the first study that shows what employers think their people want and what they really want is pretty darn different.

The bottom line:  Ask them (the people you're trying to attract) what matters to them.


Circulation space…you need more than you may think. Let’s do the math.
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Circulation space…you need more than you may think. Let’s do the math.

An common miscalculation in circulation space can underestimate usable area requirements by between 9% and 20%; a very significant difference that has both practical and legal ramifications.

Source: www.interiorsandsources.com

 

This article explains how a simple error in the application of a circulation multiplier in a space program can have serious consequences, putting your firm at risk for advising the client to purchase, build, or lease a space that is too small for their needs. It is a simple error, one the authors have seen made by well-known firms.

The bottom line is, if you want 30% circulation space in a 10,000 square foot area, you need multiply the program elements (e.g., offices, workstations, meeting rooms, support areas) by 42.86%, not 30%.


In-depth look at how and why financial institutions are changing they way they work 
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In-depth look at how and why financial institutions are changing they way they work 

HOK's new report, “The New Financial Workplace,” is an investigation of the forces reshaping the financial industry and how workplace design can position these companies for success.

Source: www.hok.com

This 35-page paper examines the banking industry, the threats it's facing, and how their workplace strategies are evolving to meet the challenge. It includes:

 

  • Threats and challenges
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Talent imperatives
  • Benchmarking data
  • Case studies
  • Industry trends 

 

While the paper is industry-specific, other sectors will find the journey enlightening. 

 


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A simple ‘thank you’ will help you attract and retain talent? 

"On a given day, only 10 percent of people say “thank you” to colleagues—and 60 percent of people report that they never or very rarely express gratitude at work. So OpenIDEO posed a challenge for the best ideas on how  express gratitude in the workplace. Over 300 contributions later they announced the winners.

Source: challenges.openideo.com

You can have a look at the winning ideas here, but the real winners are the employers that are doing something about the sad state of gratitude. In addition to lower turnover, research by Harvard and Wharton shows a simple 'thank you' can boost productivity by over 50%.

The article points to a number of great research papers and articles about gratitude. Here are a few quick tips for getting started:

  • Start at the top; people want to hear it from the boss
  • Thank the people who do thankless work
  • Quality and authenticity trump quantity
  • Gratitude isn’t one-size-fits-all
  • Make it personal

And there's a bonus in expressing gratitude. It feels good. 

Thank you for reading this post!


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