The main challenge of modern working life: finding the place just right to meet

The main challenge of modern working life: finding the place just right to meet

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Every physical setting sends distinct signals to meeting participants – signals that set the tone and provide a context for the conversation, even when they are subtle or not in anyone’s conscious awareness.  You understand instinctively that the place where a meeting occurs has an impact on the nature of the conversation. Just imagine the […]

Our weekly workplace round up of the best stories online

Our weekly workplace round up of the best stories online

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Why it’s so hard to be a working mom. Even at Facebook Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’ What Starbucks gets that architects don’t Silicon Valley’s company towns are doomed Complexity & chaos — the new normal The price of regeneration in London To restore civil society, start with […]

Working long and hard? It may do more harm than good for your productivity and wellbeing

Working long and hard? It may do more harm than good for your productivity and wellbeing

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Nearly half of people in the EU work in their free time to meet work demands, and a third often or always work at high speed, according to recent estimates. If you are one of them, have you ever wondered whether all the effort is really worth it? Employees who invest more effort in their work […]

Work&Place new issue showcases most informed and challenging workplace thinking

Work&Place new issue showcases most informed and challenging workplace thinking

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The new issue of Work&Place has been published and is free to read on the journal’s new website. Its overall readership is now around 100,000, including in the new Spanish language edition, so it’s not just more accessible, it is even more influential. The journal continues to explore the most cutting-edge ideas surrounding the physical, […]

Seven workplace stories that have been on our radar this week

Seven workplace stories that have been on our radar this week

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How we can win the AI race The great tech paradox for flexible workspaces The number one office perk? Natural light The personality test that conned the world The insecure nature of work is a result of decisions by corporations and policymakers Landlords up their game to help occupiers attract staff (paywall) An architect’s defense […]

A round up of some of the best recent workplace content from around the web

A round up of some of the best recent workplace content from around the web

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All the workstyles we have ever loved Open plan v private offices déjà vu Britain’s productivity crisis in eight charts Investors discount office buildings with high WeWork occupancies Perceptions of pay fairness Agile humans, and therefore organisations. Just a dream? Excessive hours and intense work is (sic) bad for your career

Nine workplace stories that have challenged and informed us in the last week

Nine workplace stories that have challenged and informed us in the last week

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How blue light from screens literally blinds us Physical closeness makes people and things more desirable Non-monetary incentives and the implications of work as a source of meaning How clean is your desk? The unwelcome reality of office hygiene The utter uselessness of the Cat A habit UK can thrive post-Brexit, but only with design […]

A round-up of seven of the best workplace stories from around the web

A round-up of seven of the best workplace stories from around the web

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A sizeable majority of us are in jobs that don’t fit our occupational interests Does workplace design really matter? The most productive meetings have fewer than eight people Stories from experts about the impact of digital life Workplace interventions for reducing sitting at work The AI revolution will be led by toasters, not droids If […]

When it comes to change management, culture sometimes eats strategy for breakfast

When it comes to change management, culture sometimes eats strategy for breakfast

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21st Century organisations are under constant pressure to evolve. They are beset by a number of forces that demand they change constantly. These include the need to restructure the organisation, adapt to new technologies, respond to competitors and changes in the economy and legislative environment. Inevitably, this constant need to change affects both people and the […]

Seven stories you may have missed that will get your week off to a flyer

Seven stories you may have missed that will get your week off to a flyer

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A bunch of coworking startups saying the same things about how different they are The agile workspace is pants Mass incompetency in business: the way we promote people is dead wrong Want to discover (or re-discover) your sense of purpose at work? Is stress at work always a bad thing? Augmented space planning: Using procedural […]

White paper: How the workplace is pioneering the use of data in organisations

White paper: How the workplace is pioneering the use of data in organisations

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In 2017, a content creator called Oobah Butler decided that he wanted to do something with the experience he’d gained writing fake positive restaurant reviews on TripAdvisor. What if, he wondered, he set up an entirely fictitious restaurant based in the shed in his garden and then started to manipulate TripAdvisor ratings?  What happened surpassed […]

Why you should definitely stand in meetings (and not care what others think about it)

Why you should definitely stand in meetings (and not care what others think about it)

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People who stand in meetings may enjoy a number of health benefits, but it can also make them feel self-conscious, anxious about how others perceive them, and disengaged from the meeting. These findings, taken from our recent study, suggest that efforts to encourage office workers to sit less and move more must acknowledge the realities of […]

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