By Jessica Capolupo If real estate is the second highest cost to a business, then unused space is the peril of any organisation striving for greater efficiency. But for any business looking to reduce the bottom line, are occupancy sensors the key to uncovering the truly efficient workplace, or are they an invasion of privacy? Gone are the days when we were content with apparatus such as motion sensors that could cut lighting electricity usage by as much as [...]
By Keti Malkoski Transitional spaces or circulation pathways including stairs and corridors are the ‘streets of a workspace’, transporting employees from one place to another. These pathways represent a significant portion of workspace real estate and if activated effectively, can contribute to enhancing connectivity between employees and teams. When organisations embark on the journey to create a new workspace, they establish change objectives related to improving people and business effectiveness to ensure a return on their investment. Improved people and [...]
The success of any competitive organisation is dependent on its effectiveness to create, transfer and embed knowledge. This focus on a knowledge currency has fostered the complex knowledge environments that characterise work today: workspaces that are constantly flowing with information. Work is no longer procedural, as we work on many tasks simultaneously within alternative physical and virtual environments, and with diverse people. Working in today’s world of hyper-connectivity means that we are bombarded with information; work is saturated with information [...]
In today’s workplace, leaders are challenged with managing vastly different generations within the same workspace. It is essential that leaders are able to understand the different generations of individuals who have grown up in different times, have opposing values and possess different experiences and expectations. A successful leader is aware of, and acknowledges that generational differences exist in the workplace and stresses the importance of learning how to adjust their leadership and communication styles to best suit the individual needs [...]
Meet the new products added to the user-centred Climate range bringing even more flexibility to the malleable workplace furniture platform. Tables Three new table configurations are now available: Teardrop – Supports collaboration, space efficiency and non- traditional desk clusters through its unique form and shape. Learn more Pebble – Caters for people who need more surface real estate with its rectilinear work surface and softened edges. Learn more Kayak – Allows greater versatility through a curbed and straight edge, with [...]
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Flexible or agile workplaces – with increased user mobility inside and outside of the workplace, alter the interactions and relationships between employees and teams. The subsequent reduction in visibility of employees and teams means that future ‘flexible leaders’ need to possess certain skills or competencies to effectively manage a flexible workforce. Thus, a prevalent question in workplace change management discussions is: What makes a successful leader in a flexible workplace? The answer: Successful leaders in flexible workplaces are similar to [...]
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Working life is changing for millions of people around the world. Mobile and digital technologies are expanding into increasingly more areas of society, business and private life, changing the way we work and how work is organized. As people become more mobile they expect greater flexibility in their work, placing greater demand on their work environment.
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Operating a business in today’s knowledge economy means that knowledge management is paramount to remaining competitive. ‘Knowledge management’ is the strategic business process of managing the intangible intellectual capital, or assets, of the organisation to continuously improve effectiveness.
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Sustainability is firmly on the CEO agenda, but underlying our in-depth conversations with these leaders is a sense of frustrated ambition. Some 63 percent expect sustainability to transform their industry in five years—and 76 percent believe that embedding sustainability into core business will drive revenue growth and new opportunities. But they are constrained by market expectations.
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I worked at WordPress.com, the 15th most popular website in the world to writeThe Year Without Pants, a book about what we can learn from the amazing and progressive culture they use to get work done. One major challenge I faced there was learning how to work without email.