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Curating information on future workplace initiatives which will shape the way we design workplaces eg. workflex, digital workplace, agile working
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A device that puts the work back in the workplace - The Globe and Mail

A device that puts the work back in the workplace - The Globe and Mail | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
A device that puts the work back in the workplace
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It's an effort to reduce what has become a growing problem in today's workplace.
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At This Coworking Space In A Climbing Gym, You Can Do Pull-Ups At Your Standing Desk

At This Coworking Space In A Climbing Gym, You Can Do Pull-Ups At Your Standing Desk | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville is redefining the open office concept. Wouldn't the workday be more fun if it occurred on top of a 22-foot-high climbing...
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Exercise promotes productivity. This co working space is taking that mantra to the next level. Epic and inspiring. 

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Delivering the Workplace as a Hospitality Brand - Steelcase Blog

Delivering the Workplace as a Hospitality Brand - Steelcase Blog | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
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I agree with the theory "integrating a corporate workplace strategy with third party workplace providers can add resilience and flexibility to any organization." My concern is the management of the workforce. Wouldn't it be better to just design #workspaces which have the flexibility of these 3rd party resources. After all, the biggest companies in the world are doing just that. 

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Zuckerberg's Dream: Everyone Sitting in One Room (Controlled by Invisible Forces)

Zuckerberg's Dream: Everyone Sitting in One Room (Controlled by Invisible Forces) | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
No one sees the architecture of power, they just feel it.
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While this may seem far removed from reality, we didn't have email 30 years ago, anything is possible. 

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8 Keys To Creating An Office Where Ideas Flow

8 Keys To Creating An Office Where Ideas Flow | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
After spending over 30 years designing work environments for companies of all shapes and sizes I have a pretty clear idea of what goes into making a...
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Delight to read this piece by Gina Berndt. Considered, sensible workplace design advice with no mention of design trends. 

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Conversation and Collaboration: The Next Generation of Working Practices | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

Conversation and Collaboration: The Next Generation of Working Practices | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Image: SalFalko/Flickr Today?s enterprises are seeing and experiencing the value of both social software and cloud-based content collaboration systems.
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I think this is the most important sentance in this entire story. "Forming the backbone of the next generation of working practices are partnerships between enterprise social networking tools and content collaboration services." The software has to be right

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9 Cool New Work Perks That Could Be In Your Future

9 Cool New Work Perks That Could Be In Your Future | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
From valet parking to "smile files," employers are trying new tactics to satisfy their employees. Which would you value most?
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Finally, a robust study on cubicles vs. open office

Finally, a robust study on cubicles vs. open office | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
A new study confirms that we hate our open offices -- and that they don't even help us collaborate.

Via Kate Lister
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The single most important for employees is lack of space and the bottom line: workers in enclosed offices were by far the happiest. Two critical points. 

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Kate Lister's curator insight, November 16, 2013 11:47 AM

I'm always skeptical of new studies but I've read the full text of this one and it's very robust. It involved over 43,000 people in 300+ buildings. It includes some surprises:


- Office size trumps noise levels (by a wide margin) in determining workspace satisfaction

- The presence or absence of partitions impacts satisfaction with visual privacy but not sound privacy.  

- Ease of interaction was highest among those with enclosed private offices and lowest among those in high wall cubicles


I highly recommend reading the full study. For example, it found "when occupants in an open-plan office perceive that their office layout improves their interaction with co-workers, but degrades acoustical quality, sound and visual privacy, the cons outweigh the pros, and their overall workspace satisfaction score shows a net decrease."


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Size still matters

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How Mobile Is Changing Work Habits [INFOGRAPHIC]

How Mobile Is Changing Work Habits [INFOGRAPHIC] | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Telecommuting is on the rise. Increasingly, work is something people do rather than a place people go. As a result, more and more work is being done on laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
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Informative infographic on how mobile is changing work habits. 

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The Future of Work for Companies - Huffington Post

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The Future of Work for Companies
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We're already seeing this take place as some companies take the lead in thinking about how, by giving up top-down control, they can actually get more work done.
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2014 Workplace Trends Report Reveals Business-Critical Forecasts

2014 Workplace Trends Report Reveals Business-Critical Forecasts | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
2014 Workplace Trends Report Reveals Business-Critical Forecasts, Including ...

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How Three Real People Found Flex Jobs

How Three Real People Found Flex Jobs | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
There’s a reason it’s called “the grind.” The standard workweek grates on many of us, but especially those who have children at home.
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Great insight on flexible working from the front line. Sometimes it is more interesting to read about what people are actually doing rather than reading about what we "could do". 

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Your 2013 Productivity Gift Guide

Your 2013 Productivity Gift Guide | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Make 2014 the Year of Getting More Done by giving your overstressed friend lazy colleague or scattered spouse a gift to boost their productivity.
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Encouraging movement in the #workplace is a good thing. But to save businesses outlaying for individual treadmills, perhaps designers could consider solutions which encourage movement for example placing the facilities area away from the workzones or the lunchroom down a flight of stairs. 

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Designing The New-Age Workplace

Designing The New-Age Workplace | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Agile, flexible, collaborative and informal — these are just some of the ideas shaping the workplace of the future
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Case studies on #workplaces in India. Interesting phillosophical view on open plan "You need to look at the concept of an open office in philosophical terms. “Does it mean that everyone has an open office here or does everyone in the office have an opportunity to work in an open space?” Good question to ask. 

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Coworking: Our Window into the Workplace of the Future?

Coworking: Our Window into the Workplace of the Future? | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
The hands on communities of like-minded people who learn from one another, socialize together, and help eachother achieve goals are hotbeds of productivity and collaboration.
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It is great to see furtniture manufacturers creating furtniture which can be used for multiple scenarios. Not only because it allows the space to work with fluidty but also as it encourages adaptive reuse. 

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What the Internet Of Things Will Bring to the Workplace | Innovation Insights | Wired.com

What the Internet Of Things Will Bring to the Workplace | Innovation Insights | Wired.com | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Image: keoni101/Flickr We all live in a world dominated by networked devices -- not just smartphones, but also smart coffee pots, thermostats, vacuum c
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Video Case Study: Microsoft Australia on the benefits of telework


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Kate Lister's curator insight, November 15, 2013 8:40 PM

This video was produced by the Australian Department of Communications as part of their first Telework Week. 

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State of the Global Workplace

The State of the Global Workplace: Employee Engagement Insights for Business Leaders Worldwide report highlights findings from Gallup's ongoing study of workplaces in more than 140 countries from 2011 through 2012.

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The Future of Work: Bring Your Own Mind (BYOM)?

The Future of Work: Bring Your Own Mind (BYOM)? | Future Workplace Trends | Scoop.it
Whether bosses like it or not, employees increasingly are using their personal technology for work purposes. They're bringing their own devices (BYOD), bringing their own apps (BYOA) and bringing their own technology ...
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The open ended question at the bottom of this article is the most important point - to paraphrase "What can companies — and IT departments, in particular — do to ease the transition to BYOM?"

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