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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

One design firm envisions an office space with no desks as a way to discourage sitting.


With nooks and crannies to help you get creative with your positioning, you'll no longer have to choose between sitting or standing while you work.

Kate Lister's insight:

I dunno. The kind of postures I see there would make the ergonomics people cringe.



What Virtually Every Woman You Admire Thinks About Working Mothers #FastCompany


What happens when you gather just about every influential woman together to talk about working family issues? 


Kate Lister's insight:

My favorite is this from  Madeline Albright : "Women can do everything, they just can't do it all at the same time."


I'm always troubled when flexibility is tied to women/mothers because it wrongly makes a "women's issue," and that often polarizes the reaction. Regardless of age and gender, we all need and want workplace flexibility.


Having said that, this article is well worth reading. 



10 Down to Earth Tips For Leading Your People Through Change from @FastCompany


Change is hard--proceed with flexibility, patience, and a dose of authority.

Kate Lister's insight:

This is quite well done. I especially like the last tip: "Determine who is on the bus and who is off the bus—then close the door and drive."



Tech industry wants flexibility as part of workplace design @JLL


" In an arena where company leaders must weigh economic and 

socioeconomic factors equally, the only certainty is that the most
successful organizations will employ flexible strategies that address
a wide variety of ages, work habits and lifestyles, and enable quick
changes of direction when necessary."


Kate Lister's insight:

This is a really good piece on workplace preferences in the tech industry with some surprises:

  • Gen Y prefer suburban over urban living 2:1 - as they approach 30 and start having families, they are ready to move to the suburbs
  • Huge footprints are back in vogue
  • Flexibility and choice of space is key
  • Suburban campuses have to work harder to replicate urban amenities 




Excellent debrief on the: IFMA Foundation Workplace Strategy Summit 2014


  "Not managing facilities. Enabling communities" Melissa Marsh. #IFMAsummit14 On June 10th I found myself with the privileged ‘final word’ at the IFMA Foundation’s Workplace Strategy Summit 2...

Kate Lister's insight:

If you weren't among the attendees at the Workplace Strategy Summit held in the UK this June, don't miss this terrific summary by @IanEllison. 


Also check out: 

http://bit.ly/1o0fyAK - an article we did for @Work Design Mag

http://bit.ly/1o0iugM - Work&Place magazine's entire issue dedicated to the Summit




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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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