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:
- Diane Coles-Levine, MCR (Workplace Management Solutions) and IFMA Fellow, Nancy Johnson Sanquist (Planon Software) for Work on the Move 2: How Social, Leadership and Technology Innovations Are Transforming the Workplace in the Digital Economy”
- Stephen Monaco (Monaco & Company) for his production of the inspirational "Who are WE?" video
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.
"New research from Sage People, ‘Why your workforce isn’t working’, looks at how employees across companies of all sizes in the US, Canada and the UK view the workplace. The overall trend in productivity growth is stagnant and has been on a downward trend for the last several years.
This is costing the US a staggering $450-$550 billion a year. Industry
Research shows that only 1 in 3 people at work are fully motivated and productive."
Sage researchers found that many company benefits--such as ping-pong tables and company outings--aren’t improving productivity or keeping staff happy. Only 5% of employees found ping-pong beneficial, and only 9% liked company outings. More than half of respondents found games in the office distracting and a productivity pit.
What can organizations do to reverse this trend? Talk to your staff. Ask questions. According to the survey, almost half of respondents have never been asked by their employer how to improve their working experiences.
Pause Pod wants to offer you a one-person escape pod from the tyrannies of the open office plan. This is what a work tent looks like.
In an open office plan, you are surrounded by co-workers, buffeted by the winds of their noisy company, whether you like to hear it or not. A new device wants to offer you a one-person escape pod from the tyrannies of this setup.
Pause Pod, which markets itself as the “world’s first private pop up space suitable for all your relaxation needs,” was launched as a Kickstarter campaign in April, and now can be bought in its prototype stage. The Sweden-based entrepreneurs said they were “inspired by the blanket forts we used to build when growing up.”
You really have problems at your office if Pause Pods become a line item in your budget.
"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. "
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.
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.
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.
Capital One asked 2,500 full-time office professionals about what workplace features were most important to them.
Survey results point to need for flexibility:
- 82% said workplace design influences innovation
- 82% said they have their best ideas in flexible workspaces
- 57% said their workplace does not support innovation
- 71% said workplace design is as important or more important than location when choosing an employer
- Most wanted design elements are natural light and art
- On-site food and beverages are more important than fitness facilities or even, surprisingly, quiet spaces.
Journalist Miwa Sado was killed, at the age of 31, by “karoshi” — the Japanese word for death due to overwork.
That society even has a word for 'death by overwork' is sad. And it's not just Japan that has the problem. Many of us still talk about how hard we work as though it was a badge of honor.
12 year study of 7k+ shows higher heart risk for woman who combined sitting, standing, and walking, than sitting alone.
Abstract. While a growing body of research is examining the impacts of prolonged occupational sitting on cardiovascular and other health risk factors, relative
This very robust and scientific study showed a combination of sitting, standing, and walking was associated with higher risk of cardiovascular events in women, but a lower one in men.
“Offices aren’t museums; they are like mechanic shops,” says Clarke. “It’s not about how cool the tech is, it’s about whether it is relevant. It’s about bringing together the right assets because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
They recommend a mix of spaces to accommodate team work as well as privacy.
"When you don’t feel psychology safe within your workplace, a team’s success rate drastically diminishes. Individuals are afraid to ask questions or challenge dominant group-think."
The article cites a study by Google showing the most successful teams were the ones with a sense of psychological safety. This factor trumped high collective IQ by a large margin.