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  • Work Is A Verb

    No longer merely an HR perk, agilework strategies have become a successful, even necessary, corporate strategy. Thanks to advances in technology, work no longer needs to be tethered to time or place. The shift from work as a noun, to work as a verb, has been called mobile work, agilework, telework, telecommuting, e-work, and workshifting. By any name, this new way of working has been adopted by thousands of companies and millions of employees in a wide range of industries around the globe. …

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  • Both Employers and Employees Benefit

    Half-time home-based work could save employers over $10,000 per employee per year - the result of increased productivity, reduced facility costs, lowered absenteeism, and reduced turnover. And employees could save $1,600-$6,800 and 15 days of time they used to waste commuting. In fact, 47% of people who have flexwork options are "very satisfied" with their jobs, compared to 27% of those who are office-bound. And over two-thirds of employers report increased productivity among their teleworkers. …

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  • Make The Road Less Traveled The Way To Work

    The cost per lane-mile of urban highway is almost $4,000,000. The cost per mile of information superhighway is $20,000. Positive community and global effects are possible from even modest levels of telework. Half-time home-based work could:

    • Save $23 billion a year in imported oil;
    • Cut Persian Gulf imports by 37%;
    • Reduce greenhouse gases by the equivalent of taking almost 10 million cars off the road;
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Global Workplace Analytics conducts independent research and consults on emerging workplace issues and opportunities. We specialize in making the management case for workplace flexibility, mobile work, and alternative workplace strategies.

Based on our work with public and private sector employers and an examination of over 4000 documents, case studies, and research papers, we’ve built models to quantify the economic, societal, and environmental benefits of alternative workplace strategies for the US, UK, and Canada. Hundreds of organization and community leaders have used our custom models to make their own case for workplace change. 

“Global Workplace Analytics has perhaps the most comprehensive set of data around…”—Forbes

Upcoming Speeches/Webinars/Events:
Personal ROI from the New Workplace—What’s In It For Me?
Webinar in cooperation with Agilquest.com
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm US Eastern Time

The Impact of Work and Place on Wellness, Well-Being & the Bottom Line
Webinar in cooperation with e-Work.com
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11am to 12pm US Eastern Time

The Dollars and Sense of Healthy Workplaces
IFMA World Workplace 2014, New Orleans LA
September 17-19, 2014

Personal ROI from the New Workplace—What’s In It For Me?
Agile Workplace Conference 2014 by Agilquest.com, Arlington VA
September 23, 2014

Zurich Financial moved 99% of staff to open office. Employee satisfaction up 40%.


You can't just throw some plants around the office and move some desks--designing an inspiring workplace takes research and care.

Kate Lister's insight:

Zurich Financial seems to be doing it right: 1) understand the needs 2) reconfigure the space to support the work 3) invest in culture change 4) measure results, something way too few companies are doing. 



@HBR - Offices should be designed more like neighborhoods


To reform conference room wastelands, think like an urban planner.

Kate Lister's insight:

For those of us in the workplace strategy biz, there are no real surprises here, but it's nice to see an article like this in HBR!



Choice and Empowerment Unlock Productivity In The Workplace @CBRE Research Finds


" A balance of different types of workspaces within an office environment is the key to improving worker productivity, according to a new research report from CBRE Group, Inc.    When a company provides a variety of work spaces that employees can select from, CBRE says satisfaction levels increase 10 – 15 percent. "


Kate Lister's insight:

The study reveals that the biggest disconnect between what employees want and what they get is remote access to information. 



How Microsoft thinks about company culture in its workplaces (Part 1)


In recent weeks culture has become a major topic of discussion at Microsoft. The company's CEO Satya Nadella sent an open letter to employees discussing how important company culture is and why it ...

Kate Lister's insight:

An interesting perspective on how this tech giant ties business drivers with property planning and office design.



This really powerful animation sums up the why and how of agile work in 9 minutes. Even if you've seen it, watch it again!

" How can we get people more engaged, more productive, and happier at work? Is technology part of the problem – and could it also be part of the solution?  Dave Coplin , Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, imagines what might be possible if more organisations embraced the full, empowering potential of technology and encouraged a truly open, collaborative and flexible working culture."


Kate Lister's insight:

Even if you've seen this incredible video before, do yourself a favor and watch it again (and again) and send it to everyone you know in workplace strategy.



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Personal ROI from the New Workplace—What’s In It For Me?
Webinar in cooperation with Agilquest.com
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 1pm to 2pm US Eastern Time

The Impact of Work and Place on Wellness, Well-Being & the Bottom Line
Webinar in cooperation with e-Work.com
Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11am to 12pm US Eastern Time

The Dollars and Sense of Healthy Workplaces
IFMA World Workplace 2014, New Orleans LA
September 17-19, 2014

Personal ROI from the New Workplace—What’s In It For Me?
Agile Workplace Conference 2014 by Agilquest.com, Arlington VA
September 23, 2014

In The News

Teleworkers keep government open during snowstorms, Baltimore Sun, March 14, 2014

It’s Unclearly Defined, but Telecommuting is Fast on the Rise, New York Times, March 7, 2014

Telework Yields $32 Million in Snow Day Savings, Forbes, February 27, 2014

Lone Eagle Cities: Where the Most People Work from Home, NextGov, March 3, 2014

Madison firms not about to ban telecommuting, Capital Times, February 25, 2014

How To Build and Sustain a Remote Workforce, Fast Company, February 21, 2014

Accountability, The Key to Federal Telework, Federal Times OpEd by Kate Lister, February 6, 2014

Florida Among the Top 10 States for Telecommuting Jobs, Jacksonville Business Journal, February 10, 2014

Federal Telework Surge Could Save $14 Billion Annually , Wired Workplace, January 25, 2014

Measuring the Impact of Workplace Flexibility, 1 Million for Flexibility, January 24, 2014

FEDTalk, Federal News Radio interviews Kate Lister on the Office of Personnel Management’s latest Status of Telework—Report to Congress, January 24, 2014

Report Says Telework Could Save Government $14 Billion a Year, Federal Computer Week, January 24, 2014

Federal Telework Surge Could Save $14 Billion Annually, NextGov, January 24, 2014

Telestorming: When weather and disasters forces people to work from home, Deseret News, January 10, 2014

Why Telework When You Can Take a Snow Day?, Nextgov.com, January 4, 2014

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