by Kate Lister
exercise can't offset too much sitting! The news just keeps getting worse.
From qz.com - July 3, 4:46
review recently published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute
confirms what we've been hearing for years: Sitting can be fatal. It's been
linked to cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
This was a
huge study; 70,000 people. Too much sitting
increase risk of colon cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer and more.
The fix: One minute and forty seconds of walking every 30 minutes and 2
minutes of more intensive activity every 20 minutes.
Shakeup: The Future of Office Design
From www.dwell.com - July 3, 4:16
future of office design? We investigate how start-up culture is influencing
everything from corporate campuses to contract furniture."
article offers some good examples of workplace transformations at Tumblr, DoSomething.org, and the one we all know,
Facebook. The themes are flexibility, brand, and being different.
Workplace Flexibility: The Dad
Perk | Inc.com
From newsle.com - July 1, 6:22 PM
dads are just as stressed about the work-life juggle as moms. Here are
three things companies should do to help them out. Working mothers
(rightfully) get a lot of press dedicated to their work-life balance
struggles, but studies suggest that fathers are just as stressed about ...
Obama's recent "right to
request flexibility" has brought new attention to the need for
flexible work for all employees. Finally, maybe we stop thinking of it as
a mommy-thing. For that matter, it's not a daddy-thing either. It's
between #1 and #3 on the wishlist for employees
of all ages, all genders, and all cultures. Companies that don't 'get it'
will be hard pressed to attract and retain the best and the brightest.
The ROI of Workplace Wellbeing:
video of WorkTech NY presentation
From www.youtube.com - July 1, 3:48 PM
shows video highlights from the global WORKTECH conference series. In 2013,
its tenth year, WORKTECH goes to 10 cities around the world to showca...
your most important and expensive assets, not buildings. Why then do
companies ignore what their space reductions might be doing to
productivity? And why aren't more companies building wellbeing into their
sense advice from @WorkEssence about making your
From workessence.com - June 30,
with another excruciating article complete with even more table-gnawing
video of the stock-photo workplace of the future, it had me thinking about
the baseline that most would recognise...
aren't any new revelations here, just some basic (but, much needed)
common sense advice on what works.
Millennial Definition of Success
From blog.adamnash.com - June 30,
It's hard to
believe in 2014, but when I first considered joining LinkedIn in 2007, most
of my colleagues had trouble seeing the value in a platform built on top of
what looked like an online rˇsum...
looking for connection, trust, and allegiance among team members.
Employees are Happier, Healthier and More Productive
From www.intridea.com - June 30,
exactly does working from home make employees absolutely giddy with joy?
answer: avoiding the commute, choice of environment, healthier living,
greater flexibility, no office dramas, great collaboration.
shows how growth of transit use is not all it's
made out to be.
From www.newgeography.com - June 27,
attention has been given the increase in transit use in America. In
context, the gains have been small, and very concentrated.
Virtually all of the urban core gain (99 percent) has been in the six
metropolitan areas with transit legacy cities (New York, Chicago,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington).
the article reports, is growing faster than any other mode of
"travel" to work.
advice on workplace trends and what employers need to do to keep up.
From www.us.jll.com - June 27,
personal workspace to open staircases and video gaming, companies are
rethinking how and where their employees work. Does your workplace give you
a competitive edge?
favorite is: Let Workers Decide how to doe their work. While it's not
cited, the article says that companies that do this grow four times
faster than others.
productivity? Reduce the noise! Even a 3 second distraction can spoil your
From nymag.com - July 3, 5:26
the teensiest distractions can seriously throw us off. One recent study
found that interruptions as brief as 2.8 seconds were enough to more than double
the number of errors study participants made on a given task."
need to account for this in workplace strategy. Many of the new workplace
environments are downright offensive in terms of our need to focus.
Only So Flexible on EmployeesÕ Time
From mthink.mercer.com - July 3, 4:26
heated competition for talent, companies will go to great lengths to
recruit and retain the best and brightest. But according to MercerÕs
2013/2014 Compensation Policies and Practices surveys forCanada
and the US, companies are willing to go only so far when it comes to
flexible work arrangements."
bears this out. Regular telework in companies has a long way to go.
with drive: you forget what you've already accomplished
From www.fastcompany.com - July 1, 6:35
busier you get and the more forward-looking you become, the more difficult
it is to actually acknowledge and gain strength and inspiration from the
things you've already accomplished,"
this inspirational. We need to spend more time celebrating about and
reflecting on what we've already made happen. How might this play out in
What white collar workers can learn from their blue collar
From www.linkedin.com - July 1, 5:14
best White collar workers get more done because they approach their work
the blue collar way."
shares some interesting white collar lessons he
learned from his blue collar father. For example: Blue
collar ethos: IÕll do my part. I need you to do your part. Applied
to White Collar Work: We are in this together. All of us. If you donÕt do
your part, we will all fail. IÕm relying on you to get the job done.
Bring your best.
need to break out of their outdated management model says @CIPD
From www.cipd.co.uk - June 30,
management practices are leaving organisations
ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, Gary Hamel
told delegates at London Business SchoolÕs global leadership summit this
this bit: "While the average person can buy their own house, put
them inside a large business and they canÕt even buy a chair without
permission." Think about it!
to Go Watch Soccer. It's good for you. The Governor or NY even gave people
time off for it!
From nymag.com - June 30,
going to get anything done anyway.
is, that it's better than trying to multitask and watch while you work.
Starting 6-30-14, All UK
Employees Have the Right to Request Flexible working - GOV.UK
From www.gov.uk - June 30, 12:16 PM
From 30 June
2014, all employees have the legal right to request flexible working - not
just parents and carers.
becoming a big trend both in and outside government. Just last week,
President Obama announced a similar right for US federal employees
(http://1.usa.gov/1qrPOPO). Employers are finally waking up to the fact
that flexibility is essential to the sustainability of their workforce.
passionate about workplace strategy, IFMA's Workplace Strategy Summit was
like Xmas in June.
From workdesign.com - June 27,
than a hundred professionals from around the globe gathered in early June
near London to probe the future of work ... For those who attended, this
second IFMA Foundation Workplace Strategy Summit was like Christmas in
June." Here's a recap.
didn't permit me to cover all the great presentations and conversations,
but if you love thinking about the future of work, this brief summary
will no doubt inspire.
Spreading Lies About Telecommuting
From www.huffingtonpost.com - June 27,
working from home for years, and I've built my company as a completely
virtual one. So when I hear the pervasive myths (lies, really) that
continue to exist about working from home, it gets me a little grumpy....
FM and HR
finally coming together on workplace strategy. @ChrisKane55 #BtW
From smartspacesandplaces.com - June 22,
I witnessed something quite special - a group of people with authentic
commitment and passion underpinned by decisive leadership. I came away from
the first British Institure of...
This is so
essential to workplace success. FM and HR coming together is a great
start, but we need to bring IT, Sustainability, Finance, and Marketing to
the table too! Kudos to BIFM and CIPD!