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Open Office Spaces May Be “the Worst,” Now What?

Thank you CBS Sunday Morning’s Faith Salie for your commentary, “An Open Secret: Open Office Plans Are the Worst.” The segment was important because it reported the results of a Harvard Business School study that, because it was released over the summer, didn’t get as much coverage as it should have given what it found–open office workspaces (as currently implemented) don’t achieve the […]

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Fix Top Open-Office Productivity Drains

  I think it’s important to note when you see a trend. At this moment, every corporate client we’re working with has at least one group transitioning from high-walled private cubicles and closed-door offices to open, collaborative work configurations. While the business case for this open office shift is well-defined—increased employee density equals lower overhead […]

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NEW RESEARCH: Reveals Major Telework Myths and Growing Open Office Struggle

As we approach Telework Week 2014 (March 3-7), new national research from the Flex+Strategy Group / Work+Life Fit, Inc. shatters common myths about who is working where and reveals new realities along with new struggles about how full-time employees get their work done. Key findings from the research, which looks both at telework and the growing open office trend, are outlined in the press release below. […]

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Open Office Spaces and Telework: Marriage Made in Heaven, That No One Talks About

What if organizations promote the periodic use of telework as a alternative option when undistracted, attention and quiet is needed to get the job done, well and efficiently? It’s a win-win for both the organizations and its people. The cost-saving/innovation benefits of the open office space are coupled with the productivity boost of periodic, strategic, targeted telework. If done correctly, it can be a marriage made in heaven. […]

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Fast Company: Why Every CEO Regrets Not Attending the Psychologically Healthy Workplaces Conference

I recently attended and spoke at the APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Conference.  The goal of the conference as outlined by the APA’s visionary Assistant Executive Director, Dr. David Ballard (who also happens to have an MBA) was to celebrate and learn from, “Employers who understand the link between employee well-being and organizational performance strive to […]

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Fast Company: Dow 10,000 and 10% Unemployment: A Dangerous Reciprocity That Signals Need for Change

Recently, both the Dow and the unemployment rate almost simultaneously broke historical milestones, one good (Dow 10,000) and one bad (unemployment 10%). The lock step ascent of these two metrics has continued since the beginning of the year: Dow Jones Industrial Average (Source: moneycentral.msn.com) Unemployment Rate (Source: BLS) January, 2009 8,000 7.6 February, 2009 7,062 […]

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