Fall is upon us…and while the temperature outside doesn’t seem much different from this year’s “summer”, the changes this time of year brings are definitely in full swing! Kids are back in school, playoff baseball is being played (sorry for the reminder), football season is here, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are cropping up at coffee shops everywhere. It’s time to hit the apple orchards, unpack your wool sweaters and enjoy a glass of cider. And if you need a good read to distract you from the waning summer, cozy up with the latest issue of Transformation from Forrer Business Interiors. We’ve gathered some of the best news, research and tips from around the web for our latest issue…happy reading!
The Bottom Line Impact of Wellbeing in the Workplace
Work practices, culture, well-being programs and relationships within workplaces are key determinants, not only of whether people feel valued and supported in their work roles, but also of individual health, well-being, productivity and most importantly to the bottom line of any company’s profits.
Women, You Don’t Have to Be Loud to Be Good Leaders
The popular refrain for today’s latest women’s movement (Need I say it? “Lean in.”) is a tidy sound bite that encapsulates a powerful message. Sheryl Sandberg rightly encourages women to be assertive and test their fears, primarily in the workforce. Yet many women are misinterpreting this feminist battle cry to mean aggressive assertiveness, loud doggedness.
Take a seat. You may be able to reverse the damage to your health.
Sitting for eight or more hours a day can be deadly.
But there is growing evidence that there are ways to reverse the damage without necessarily committing to being on your feet for eight or more hours a day.
Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead
from Fast Company
Brainstorming, in its current form and by many metrics, doesn’t work as well as the frequency of “team brainstorming meetings” would suggests it does.
Sharing ideas in groups isn’t the problem, it’s the “out-loud” part that, ironically, leads to groupthink, instead of unique ideas. “As sexy as brainstorming is, with people popping like champagne with ideas, what actually happens is when one person is talking you’re not thinking of your own ideas,” Leigh Thompson, a management professor at the Kellogg School, told Fast Company. “Sub-consciously you’re already assimilating to my ideas.”
Even Millenials Want Face Time at Work
The stereotypes about how millennials and their younger siblings in Gen Z prefer texting, email, or social networking over old-fashioned in-person communication are just plain false.
Twelve healthy ways to brighten up your fall back-to-work attitude
As summer gives way to September, children get new backpacks and crisp notebooks that signal a fresh start to school. Meanwhile, envious adults dig out more serious work attire and prepare to return to desks heaped with a summer backlog. How do we imbue our grown-up September with the same jet fuel that kids seem to have?
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V.I.A.: Vertical Intelligent Architecture
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The Privacy Crisis: Taking a Toll on Employee Engagement
In organizations all over the world, people are facing brand-new problems that require sharing information and putting knowledge together in new ways.
For all the right reasons, collaboration has become the big engine for progress and innovation. Although workplaces today make it seemingly easy for people to collaborate, most leaders remain dissatisfied with the pace and frequency of breakthroughs.
Most efforts to fuel more successful collaboration are only making it worse. New Steelcase research has revealed that, while togetherness at work is vital for value creation, in excess it’s a killer.
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