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Productivity in the Modern Office: A Matter of Impact

Productivity in the Modern Office: A Matter of Impact | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

It was the memo heard around the world: In late February, when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ordered the company's staffers to stop working from home, she set off a ferocious debate over workplace productivity. "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," wrote the company's human resources chief in a leaked memo implying that telecommuting employees were less productive than those in the office.

Nonsense, shot back advocates for flexible arrangements: Without interruptions from co-workers or time wasted in traffic, telecommuters are often more productive than their in-office compatriots, not less.

 

The debate highlights a broader issue that goes well beyond the struggling Silicon Valley giant -- the widespread disagreement and lack of clarity over what constitutes productivity in the modern workforce.


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Information Workplace has gone beyond the novelty of technology applications, and started to appreciate some of the ill effects of employee empowerment and human behavior.

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Apple files trademark on iWatch as wearable devices race heats up

Apple files trademark on iWatch as wearable devices race heats up | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
While rumors of Apple looking into this category have circulated for a while, no really serious competitor had emerged with a superior, category-defining device. But that’s changing.

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ChandAgarwala's insight:

Apple came and the rules of SmartPhones and Tablets were changed. Can they do the same this time, with Wearable computing? If yes, it will be a step forward in human productivity improvement. 

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Patrick Lewis's curator insight, July 2, 2013 5:56 AM

It seems we're on the edge of a wearable devices boom - yet more data to be produced #BIGDBN

Intriguing Networks's curator insight, July 2, 2013 8:16 AM

IoT iwatch rights battle, when Apple seek legal protection you can bet your bottom dollar they believe it is important?

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On Leadership + Productivity in Tech: Focus on People + Culture - SiliconANGLE (blog)

On Leadership + Productivity in Tech: Focus on People + Culture - SiliconANGLE (blog) | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
On Leadership + Productivity in Tech: Focus on People + Culture
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Matsudaira is the founder and CTO of popforms, a startup that is developing software to help employees and managers increase productivity.
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Productiivty at task level operations can be increased with applications, but it is important to track productivity at the level of individuals, too. We  need to understand the enhanced productiivty is impacting an individuals ability for other tasks, or quality of life.

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The (Healthcare) Social Network

The (Healthcare) Social Network | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

Social media’s impact on the healthcare industry is greater than it’s ever been with entrepreneurs developing industry specific platforms and a cottage industry of “executive education” springing up

Social media – Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to name but a few – have been impacting healthcare for as long as they have been around. Now, instead of simply using existing social media, healthcare entrepreneurs are developing platforms designed specifically for the industry.

Smart Phone Healthcare reports on ECG Capture, “an iPhone app that is being lauded as the ‘Instagram for Heart Attacks’” that was actually inspired by the online photo-sharing and social networking service. Developed by students and faculty from the University of Virginia, ECG Capture was tested more than 1,500 times and was found to transmit vital ECG data in less than six seconds, far less than the up to two minutes  traditional methods can take.

Forbes contributor Larry Husten describes ECG Capture by writing, “The iPhone app takes a photo of the ECG, reduces its size, and transmits the image over a standard cell phone network to a secure server. The image can then be viewed at the receiving hospital by physicians qualified to read an ECG.” This method of delivery, combined with drastic reduction of transmittal time, could save lives.

Facebook is also serving as inspiration to healthcare, from Wichita, KS, to Bristol in the United Kingdom.  The Wichita Business Journal reports on Adam Flynn, “a physician by trade (who) is leading an effort to push Electronic Medical Solutions LLC — a company he and two other partners own — forward to help health care providers share patient information securely and in real time.”

Flynn saw the need for a system to alert healthcare providers when electronically-stored patient information is available and designed a “Priorus system (that) works like other social media sites, such as Facebook, allowing information to be posted and shared quickly.” According to The Wichita Business Journal, “The main difference is that information is more secure, and Electronic Medical Solutions does an independent verification of each user before he or she is granted access.”

Flynn’s platform mirrors that of another Facebook-inspired clinical social network reported on by The Guardian. DocCom was an idea born in 2007 when “two young trainee surgeons frustrated by the ineffective communications that restricted (their) ability to make a difference” harnessed social networking technology to develop a secure cloud-based solution exclusively for healthcare. Dr. Jon Shaw, founder of DocCom, writes in The Guardian, “The DocCom system is like Facebook, and enables clinicians to find colleagues, connect, collaborate, and share information securely. The privacy of networks is protected by identity, validation, and authentication checks for users.”

Healthcare social media consultant Symplur didn’t repurpose an existing social media technology, rather it mined Twitter and incorporated the information found in tweets to design The Healthcare Hashtag Project. The goal of The Healthcare Hashtag Project is to make “the use of healthcare social media and Twitter more accessible for the healthcare community as a whole (by) lowering the learning curve of Twitter with a database of relevant hashtags.”

 

According to its website, Symplur’s database of hashtags reveal where healthcare conversations are taking place and who to follow within a specialty or disease, as well as provide trending information from conferences in real-time or archive.

Other organizations are following Symplur’s lead by helping organizations learn how to use existing social media effectively. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reported on an NHS Employers guide for chief executives that “explores how using social media platforms can help … develop a collaborative leadership style that helps get results in the complex system of health and social care.” It lists the top five tips on how social media can help chief executives in their day-to-day jobs as:

deliberative engagementsetting, maintaining and communicating a visionconsistent communication with multiple stakeholdersnetworking with peershelping build a collaborative leadership style

Healthcare Finance News offers five social media tips specifically for hospitals courtesy of Lee Aase, director of the Center for Social Media at Mayo Clinic, who said, “Using social media may be a fairly new concept to hospitals and health organizations – hospitals, for the most part, are three to four years behind the general public – but the return on investment can be incredible. If you keep your investment really small, you keep your ROI really high.”

Aase’s five tips include keeping things simple, utilizing Twitter and Facebook, and establishing a hospital blog. Aase concludes by saying the “Mayo Clinic’s success in utilizing social media comes from its multi-platform approach in which the hospital utilizes as many social media outlets as possible.”

HealthCanal takes the impact of social media one step beyond enhancing healthcare to serving as a catalyst that “can revolutionize medicine,” writing, “Social media are often beyond the control of government, and allow citizen groups to form, share information and respond more quickly and with greater reach than ever before. With so much disaffection with modern healthcare, will healthcare too soon have its own Arab spring?”

HealthCanal concludes by writing, “No one is saying Facebook or Twitter are the solution to changing health patterns (although they might help). The opportunity we have is to learn from the success of these technologies, and to understand how we can use similar tools in healthcare.”


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ChandAgarwala's insight:

Of late, Healthcare stakeholders have started use public social media and their data for geenrating insights on required medication and influencing product development. We hope lack of clarity on regulation and ethical concerns will not styme it. There is huge scope to address inefficiencies and improve productivity to control wastage.

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Lori Eddlemon's curator insight, July 2, 2013 4:24 PM

We are seeing IT plans for 2014 incorporating the management of this type of data as a top priority.

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Business Travelers Cite Technology as Key to Work-Life Balance on the Road - Fox Business

Business Travelers Cite Technology as Key to Work-Life Balance on the Road - Fox Business | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Business Travelers Cite Technology as Key to Work-Life Balance on the RoadFox BusinessRead on for the ways technology helps business travelers achieve work-life productivity - and the one way it fails.

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Be careful, to be fair to both sides of the coin. Yahoo and Best Buy found employees inclined to their personal life, at the expense of professional commitment.

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12 Ways to Leverage Technology to Improve Business Productivity

12 Ways to Leverage Technology to Improve Business Productivity | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
28 Flares 28 Flares × We asked twelve entrepreneurs to share how they use technology to improve business productivity and here's what they had to say: 1. Hold virtual meetings with Asana.

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Whil using technology for improving business productivity, the outcome should not be evaluated only on quantitative basis. Also, the evaluation should be at correct granularity, with long-term focus.

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Dell eyes wearable computing move as PC business keeps slumping

Dell eyes wearable computing move as PC business keeps slumping | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
Computer maker says it is 'exploring ideas', as it admits corporate customers are slow to adopt Windows 8 tablets. By Charles Arthur

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Dell is probably the first B2B business-to-business vendor, to have taken wearable computing seriously. We can say that, enterprise vendors should learn from their mistake in opposing applications built on social-media-cloud for a long time. Ultimately, they had to succumb to employee pressure to maintain relevance in their personal life, apart from taking advantage of persoanl productivity improvement tools.

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Customer Analytics Key to Growth in Banking

Customer Analytics Key to Growth in Banking | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

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Imagine the wastage in spam mails and unwanted telecalls. If customer analytics can help to call or, connect with the right person with customized offering or, message, there will be huge improvement in productivity.

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Michelle Corsano's curator insight, June 20, 2013 2:04 PM

Customer analytics has been a good idea for some time, despite being implemented by a minority of banks. Advances in processing, memory, database design, and analytic methods can dramatically improve performance and lower costs for financial institutions. It’s time for banks to take the idea more seriously.

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Going Mobile Means Productivity Gains for Some SMBs - NewsFactor Network

Going Mobile Means Productivity Gains for Some SMBs NewsFactor Network Laura DiDio, an analyst with industry research firm Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said her company's research finds a greater impact of productivity gains...
ChandAgarwala's insight:

Mobility increases productivity of remote worker, who can be on field duty, in customer premises, in-transite, at home or, in recreation. Steadility, the ability to contribute is growing up with improved wireless bandwidth and mobile devices. But the ill effects on personal life and attentiveness need to be tracked. Also, be careful about taking highly cognitive tasks to mobile devices.

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Productivity in the Modern Office: A Matter of Impact

Productivity in the Modern Office: A Matter of Impact | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it

It was the memo heard around the world: In late February, when Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer ordered the company's staffers to stop working from home, she set off a ferocious debate over workplace productivity. "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," wrote the company's human resources chief in a leaked memo implying that telecommuting employees were less productive than those in the office.

Nonsense, shot back advocates for flexible arrangements: Without interruptions from co-workers or time wasted in traffic, telecommuters are often more productive than their in-office compatriots, not less.

 

The debate highlights a broader issue that goes well beyond the struggling Silicon Valley giant -- the widespread disagreement and lack of clarity over what constitutes productivity in the modern workforce.


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ChandAgarwala's insight:

Information Workplace has gone beyond the novelty of technology applications, and started to appreciate some of the ill effects of employee empowerment and human behavior.

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Stop Working Long Hours: 10 Simple Ways to Maximize Your Productivity

Stop Working Long Hours: 10 Simple Ways to Maximize Your Productivity | Emerging Technologies | Scoop.it
So is it possible to work less and still be productive? The short answer is yes. And it's not about having an intricate 'productivity system' that lets you manage your to-do lists and get more done.

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Technology usage should be optimized to improve productivity with proper attention. Stretching oneself to long hours may reduce attention and reduce output.

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Anita's curator insight, June 4, 2013 10:11 AM

Are you willing to be productive? Sarah - thanks for the heads up on this.