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by Kate Lister

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Even regular exercise can't offset too much sitting! The news just keeps getting worse.

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From qz.com - July 3, 4:46 PM

A large 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.

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Kate Lister's insight:

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.

 

Workplace Shakeup: The Future of Office Design

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From www.dwell.com - July 3, 4:16 PM

WhatÕs the future of office design? We investigate how start-up culture is influencing everything from corporate campuses to contract furniture."

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Kate Lister's insight:

The 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

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From newsle.com - July 1, 6:22 PM

Studies show 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 ...

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Kate Lister's insight:

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

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From www.youtube.com - July 1, 3:48 PM

WORKTECH TV shows video highlights from the global WORKTECH conference series. In 2013, its tenth year, WORKTECH goes to 10 cities around the world to showca...

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Kate Lister's insight:

People are 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 workplace strategies?

 

Some common sense advice from @WorkEssence about making your workplace effective.

From workessence.com - June 30, 5:40 PM

Faced today 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...

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Kate Lister's insight:

There aren't any new revelations here, just some basic (but, much needed) common sense advice on what works.

 

The Millennial Definition of Success

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From blog.adamnash.com - June 30, 5:30 PM

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...

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Kate Lister's insight:

They're looking for connection, trust, and allegiance among team members.

 

Remote Employees are Happier, Healthier and More Productive

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From www.intridea.com - June 30, 10:43 AM

So why exactly does working from home make employees absolutely giddy with joy?

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Kate Lister's insight:

The short answer: avoiding the commute, choice of environment, healthier living, greater flexibility, no office dramas, great collaboration.

 

Newgeography.com shows how growth of transit use is not all it's made out to be.

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From www.newgeography.com - June 27, 5:06 PM

"Much 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).

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Kate Lister's insight:

Work-at-home, the article reports, is growing faster than any other mode of "travel" to work.

 

JLL offers advice on workplace trends and what employers need to do to keep up.

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From www.us.jll.com - June 27, 4:49 PM

From 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?

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Kate Lister's insight:

My 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.

Want productivity? Reduce the noise! Even a 3 second distraction can spoil your concentration.

From nymag.com - July 3, 5:26 PM

"Even 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."

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Kate Lister's insight:

We really need to account for this in workplace strategy. Many of the new workplace environments are downright offensive in terms of our need to focus.

 

Companies Only So Flexible on EmployeesÕ Time

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From mthink.mercer.com - July 3, 4:26 PM

"In the 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."

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Kate Lister's insight:

Our data bears this out. Regular telework in companies has a long way to go.

 

The problem with drive: you forget what you've already accomplished

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From www.fastcompany.com - July 1, 6:35 PM

"The 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,"

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Kate Lister's insight:

I found 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 your workplace?

 

What white collar workers can learn from their blue collar peers.

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From www.linkedin.com - July 1, 5:14 PM

"The best White collar workers get more done because they approach their work the blue collar way."

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Kate Lister's insight:

The author 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.

 

Employers need to break out of their outdated management model says @CIPD

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From www.cipd.co.uk - June 30, 5:47 PM

"Outdated 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 week."

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Kate Lister's insight:

I love 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!

 

Ditch Work to Go Watch Soccer. It's good for you. The Governor or NY even gave people time off for it!

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From nymag.com - June 30, 5:34 PM

You're not going to get anything done anyway.

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Kate Lister's insight:

The point 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

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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.

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Kate Lister's insight:

This is 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.

 

If you're passionate about workplace strategy, IFMA's Workplace Strategy Summit was like Xmas in June.

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From workdesign.com - June 27, 6:11 PM

"More 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.

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Kate Lister's insight:

Space 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.

 

Stop Spreading Lies About Telecommuting

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From www.huffingtonpost.com - June 27, 4:53 PM

I've been 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

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From smartspacesandplaces.com - June 22, 8:15 AM

On Wednesday 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...

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Kate Lister's insight:

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!