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Knowledge sharing: What’s mine is yours… right?


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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Just got activity-based working? It’s about to change again


  A workforce that includes up to four generations and growing emphasis on working remotely are just some of the challenges that face employers and the architects who serve them, says Rosemary Kirkby, the pioneer of workplace design in Australia.

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New work order: From Google and Pixar to Innocent… the future of the office starts here


It is commonly assumed that the critical moment in Google’s ascent to global search hegemony came in October 2000, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin first deployed the AdWords system that made their innovation worth an absolute fortune. And this, certainly, was an important step along the way.

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How to foster a sense of belonging within a mobile workforce


 ‘A sense of belonging’ is the feeling of being included, accepted and connected to a community. By promoting this positive ‘feeling,’ companies can improve effectiveness: Employees that feel that they belong are more satisfied and motivated to perform better. For any company looking to promote a united and engaged workplace culture, finding ways to foster feelings of belongingness within their employees and teams is fundamental.

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Working theories


WHEN Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer announced the company’s recent ban on staff working from home in regular hours, she was attacked by business leaders, human resources experts, academics, environmentalists and feminists. Yet the heated argument that followed has highlighted a management issue well worth scrutinising: What working conditions deliver the most productivity? Is there only so far the seemingly inexorable trend towards “flexibility” can go before staff diffusion begins to damage a company’s internal coherence? Is the now widespread [...]

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The power of a deconstructed office


Progressive organisations are beginning to treat the workspace as an active tool rather than a passive backdrop, according to Keti Malkoski, workplace research psychologist with Schiavello. This focus may lead to a decision to shift to a different work environment, such as ‘hot desking’ or ‘activity-based working’ (ABW). The former is focused on the desk: employees are no longer allocated their own, but several employees will use the work station at different times. ABW environments, on the other hand, divide [...]

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Overcoming Resistance to Workplace Change with Employee Participation


It’s no secret that most people are adverse to change. When it comes to workplace change, this adversity is especially important to manage, as the impact on people can have a direct impact on business.

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Building Trust: The First Step to a Successful Flexible Workplace


As many organisations look at redesigning their workplaces and shifting into flexible working approaches like activity-based working and teleworking, a structured change management program can have a big impact on how well employees and teams embrace such changes.  

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Are your employees ready for workplace change?


Over the next few weeks, WorkClimate will be exploring the topic of change management, and how it relates to the physical workplace. Join Schiavello Workplace Research Psychologist Keti Malkoski as she looks at change management as a tool for maximising the value of the workplace by encouraging the greatest contribution from the people who work there.

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Why Passing on the Remote Is Good for Yahoo!


With the hullabaloo surrounding Yahoo’s leaked memo summoning all remote workers back to the office, it’s clear that the subject of mobility, as we design professionals call it, has touched a modern workplace nerve. We all like to think that we can work anywhere at any time. Tablets, smart phones, and The Cloud have delivered the promise of freedom from being tethered to any specific location. Work isn’t a place, after all.

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