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How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind?

How Much Longer Until Humanity Becomes A Hive Mind? | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Last month, researchers created an electronic link between the brains of two rats separated by thousands of miles. This was just another reminder that technology will one day make us telepaths. But how far will this transformation go?
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Could this be the future of agile working. Interconnected human minds collaborating in a virtual world? It could be closer than you think.
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Does free food make for a happier office?

Does free food make for a happier office? | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Some companies are offering workers free meals, but does it make them happier and harder-working?
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We often have clients ask us about food and drink polices. We have seen that free catering and even installing a free bar definitely boosts morale, improves staff interaction and aids staff retention. This BBC News article explores the issues.
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Workplace Design Implications of Emergent Worker Attitudes

Workplace Design Implications of Emergent Worker Attitudes | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Dr. Charlie Grantham shares the latest in professorial deep thinking about how the millennial mindset will change the workplace.

Via Kate Lister
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This article on www.workdesign.com looks at changing worker attitudes and the implications to office design. Although I agree with the thoughts on the changing attitudes and the implications, the recommended "group" cellular solutions seem quite counter intuitive to the more open access style suggested.

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Kate Lister's curator insight, October 28, 2014 1:19 PM

Charlie offers an interesting perspective on how work is becoming less formal, less controlled, and less hierarchical.

Bill Jacobson's curator insight, October 28, 2014 3:27 PM

millennial attitude towards the workplace.

Norm Miller's curator insight, October 29, 2014 4:36 PM

We are certainly focused on millennials today but it makes sense. 

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How workplace technology can transform the small business - ZDNet

How workplace technology can transform the small business - ZDNet | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Nic Blair built a successful startup with a virtual office of just five staff dotted around Australia and overseas. With next to no overheads, the company has already turned over $1.6 million revenue.
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A virtual office keeps overheads to a minimum enabling any small business to be competitive. This article highlights the technologies on globally distributed start up uses but can it be scaled to larger enterprises?

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Remotely Agile: The Buddy System

Remotely Agile: The Buddy System | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Over the last 10 years, while learning how agile methodologies can work in different industries and organizations, I also discovered how I could help distributed teams work as if they were face-to-...
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When we are implementing agile working and advising Client to adopt more remote working we usually focus on the implementation of effective technologies like Lync and training tools like e-work.com. This article suggest a very different and much more human  approach - implementing a buddy system.

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ADKAR Change Management Model Overview - Change Management Learning Center

ADKAR Change Management Model Overview - Change Management Learning Center | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
An overview of the ADKAR change management model
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ADKAR is the change management model we tend to use with our Clients. A very quick and easy methodology to get the hang off that helps tackle user resistance to transition. Here is a very useful introductory article.

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How Virtual Reality Might Change the Way You Work (Infographic)

With big tech companies all dabbling in virtual reality, the future of work could get very interesting. Check out a few high-tech predictions.
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Controlling your work using 3D virtual reality and hand gestures. Sounds far fetched but the "Minority Report"-esque workspace is closer than you think. Here's an interesting article from @Advice503 and infographic from PGi and Column Five that makes you think!

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The Great Workplace Transformation

The Great Workplace Transformation | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
It's no secret! #Transformation is critical with the evolution of workplace generations and evolution of our econom…http://t.co/ySpaSujk9n
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The case for change in 5 minutes! This excellent animation makes the case for workplace change very succinctly.

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5 Reasons to Change to a 4-Day Work Week

5 Reasons to Change to a 4-Day Work Week | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
It's no surprise that many workers would prefer a three-day weekend every week. The shock, for some, might be to find out that a shorter work week might add up to getting more done at the office. (RT @payscale: Who wants a 3 day weekend every week?
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As well as unlimited holidays, a 4 day weeks also boosts productivity. Are we looking at a radical change to the whole world of work, This articles looks at how a 3 day weekend actual boost productivity overall due to work time being more focused.

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Are Unlimited Vacation Days the Next Big Thing in the Workplace? - RYOT

Are Unlimited Vacation Days the Next Big Thing in the Workplace? - RYOT | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
The idea behind the "policy-that-isn't" is that employees can take as much paid time off as they want, as long as their work is done.
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Unlimited days off - sounds ideal. Although they hit the news last week, Virgin are not the first to give their employees unlimited vacation time. Virginia-based software company Aptify introduced the policy and found most employees continued to take the same amount of time off they always had, but they seemed much happier.

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BakerStuart's curator insight, October 7, 2014 8:44 PM

Unlimited days off - sounds ideal. Although they hit the news last week, Virgin are not the first to give their employees unlimited vacation time. Virginia-based software company Aptify introduced the policy and found most employees continued to take the same amount of time off they always had, but they seemed much happier.

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Millennials + Mentoring = Changing Our World

Millennials + Mentoring = Changing Our World | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Millennials bring a lot of passion and purpose to their work and many are eager -- if not impatient -- to develop leadership skills and make an impact. So, how can companies harness this energy and
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With the baby boomers reaching retirement age and a much smaller Generation X following on, this article looks the inevitable  leadership skills gap that will result and mentoring of the "Millennial" generation to fill that gap.

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Government Soft Landings - are you ready for Take Off?

Government Soft Landings - are you ready for Take Off? | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
This article explains Government Soft Landings from the point of view of change management, move management and office relocation, particularly in the public sector.
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You may not have heard of Government Soft Landings, but if you work in the property sector in the UK you soon will. Becoming mandatory in 2016 this article gives you the low down.

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Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat - Design Milk

Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat - Design Milk | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
An energy management and hardware system allows office workers to customize temperature settings using an app voting system, reducing conflict.
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Comfy Brings Group Voting to the Workplace Thermostat - Could this be the end to the FMs nightmare - keeping all the office happy with the temperature?

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The 5 C’s to Recruit, Engage and Retain Staff

With any evolutionary process, a guide or roadmap proves invaluable. When your company decides to take the leap and join the Social Age, there are 5 C's to adhere to so you can maximize employment efficiency and ...
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The 5 C’s to Recruit, Engage and Retain Staff

Whether you are hiring yourself or advising Clients on what Gen Y and Z are looking for in a career or working environment this article by Kim Seeling Smith is a good pointer.


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Why flexible working works for the public sector

Why flexible working works for the public sector | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Why flexible working works for the public sector
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@duncanjefferies highlights a survey on flexible working in the public sector. From our experience of implementing flexible and agile working in the public sector I think Duncan's observations are very true, however we have seen significant reductions in absenteeism with some clients. 

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5 ways to a flexible workplace - Your Better Business

5 ways to a flexible workplace - Your Better Business | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
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A useful high level overview from Vodafone of the things to consider for any client considering implementing agile or flexible working. 

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Why 'Gen Z' May Be More Entrepreneurial Than 'Gen Y'

Why 'Gen Z' May Be More Entrepreneurial Than 'Gen Y' | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Here are five important reasons why the younger generation may be more inclined to be the entrepreneurs of the near future.
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Are Gen Z going to be a generation of freelancers? Is this the death of the traditional company?

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7 Reasons Bosses Are Communicating With Their Young Employees' Parents More Than Ever

7 Reasons Bosses Are Communicating With Their Young Employees' Parents More Than Ever | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Wasn't it enough when parents were calling college admissions counselors and coming along to make sure their kids signed up for the right college classes? Well in the New World Work Order, the parents of Millennial workers apparently are factors that...
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Removing management and allowing staff within organisations to form their own organic structure and decide on their roles. Anna McGarth @ywonderworks and Stephanie Michele @socialbling promote the benefits of radical organisational change in this Huffington post article

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Reeducation, Reeducation, Reeducation: Graduates in the workplace

Reeducation, Reeducation, Reeducation: Graduates in the workplace | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
Many modern workplaces are still designed on archaic principles that are not tuned to get the best out of the new crop of graduates in the workplace.
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The latest in our own series of blogs. Our graduates are inherently flexible and self motivated - why are we not enhancing this and empowering them to be our innovators of the future?

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Why Reinventing The Workplace Is A Huge Benefit - Huffington Post

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Why Reinventing The Workplace Is A Huge Benefit
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As part of our ongoing series, we discuss the benefits of companies reinventing their business models and workplace to better engage employees.
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Removing management and allowing staff within organisations to form their own organic structure and decide on their roles. Anna McGarth @ywonderworks and Stephanie Michele @socialbling promote the benefits of radical organisational change in this Huffington post article.

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Why has office design not kept pace with the modern work force? - Baker Stuart

Why has office design not kept pace with the modern work force? - Baker Stuart | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
The design of offices and the way they are utilised has not fundamentally changed for over 120 years.

Via David Johnson
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This is our first blog on the evolution of the office and the need for significant transformational change in the way we work. To subscribe to our future blogs please visit our website www.bakerstuart.com, follow us here or on twitter @bakerstuartltd

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David Johnson's curator insight, October 30, 2013 7:32 PM

A perfect storm is building, driven by new and emerging technologies and whipped up further by changing workplace demographics and the different attitudes and inherent skills of the new generation entering them workforce. The office as we know it is in danger of being swept away.

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Workplace Transformation Survey – A Global View of Workplace ...

Workplace Transformation Survey – A Global View of Workplace ... | Workplace Change | Scoop.it
There is no doubt the corporate workplace is transforming rapidly. While companies are moving forward with workplace change programs at different speeds and pursuing a number of strategies, most all are focused on ...
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An interesting survey by Cushman and Wakefield / CoreNet Global. It reports that the adoption of workplace transformation programmes is increasing and interestingly the main driver is not cost saving but human resource issues.

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