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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. 

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Don't Fix Management; Replace It (or do away with it) - Jim Ware on HuffPo

"I believe that way of managing well-educated, creative knowledge workers accounts for the low level of employee engagement, the high level of employee turnover, and the increasing popularity of self-employment in the United States."

Kate Lister's insight:

Another great article about re-thinking how we manage. These companies threw out the rulebooks. 

How one company's transformed its workplace into one that reinforces its mission at every turn

LRN is a company that has helped more than 500 organizations worldwide to develop ethical corporate cultures and inspire principled performance in business. Here's how they did it for themselves.

Kate Lister's insight:

LRN's CEO ripped up the org chart in favor of collectively working for the firm's mission.  From the sign on the wall to the conference room names, their new space reflects that mission.

Insightful tips about ow to lead people by letting go

Companies and managers need to be agile, and achieve that you need to “lead by letting go,” writes Terri Griffith.

Kate Lister's insight:

Griffith offers some insightful tips about mentoring, hiring, performance reviews, and flexibility.  

Does co-location increase collaboration and innovation? This HBR article says "yes"

"In Silicon Valley the tight correlation between personal interactions, performance, and innovation is an article of faith, and innovators are building cathedrals reflecting this. Google’s new campus is designed to maximize chance encounters."

Kate Lister's insight:

Companies are spending millions on the assumption that serendipitous encounters foster innovation. This article points to some small studies that suggest it does, but this is an area that needs to be studied with more rigor and on a broader scale. 

Worried about all the sitting you do? This report says a 5 minute walk could save your life.

Five minutes an hour of walking really helps for those of us sitting at our desks all day.

Kate Lister's insight:

The article delivers scary news: Sitting for 3 hours can reduce artery function by as much as 50%!

Walking 5 minutes every hour doesn't seem so onerous. Why is it so hard to do?

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Upcoming Presentations

Personal ROI from the New Workplace—What’s In It For Me?
Webinar in cooperation with
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
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, 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?,, January 4, 2014

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