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Just call it 'work'; Kate Lister in conversation with the Workplace Geeks

In the latest episode of the Workplace Geeks podcast, one of the world’s leading experts on work and workplace, Kate Lister, focuses on a recent study in collaboration with Owl Labs, ‘State of Remote Work 2022’. The report, in its 6th year, provides a platform for a much broader conversation about hybrid and remote working […]
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Another great podcast with workplace geeks.

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TechTarget: Workplace transformation: 8 steps to build a successful plan | TechTarget

TechTarget: Workplace transformation: 8 steps to build a successful plan | TechTarget | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"A workplace transformation strategy can help enterprises radically improve the employee experience. When done well, it can also lead to more effective business technology and people processes."

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New ways of working require new measures of success. Imagine a CFO investing millions of dollars and never looking at how the investment performed. "In many ways, that's what happens with change initiatives," Lister said.

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Data reveals remote work has been costly for Cincinnati-area suburbs

Data reveals remote work has been costly for Cincinnati-area suburbs | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

“We’ve got another three to five years for the rest of the shoes to drop,” said Lister. “In the long run it’ll all work out but in the short run it’s going to be painful.”

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NPR Marketplace: Back to the office

NPR Marketplace: Back to the office | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

...1.5 minutes into the show: Kate Lister acknowledges some employees may be worried that working from home will put them first in line for layoffs, but it doesn't seem to be driving people back to the office in droves.

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Samantha Fields interviews Kate Lister, Nick Bloom, and Kastle Systems on whether or not employees are back to the office. The answer is 'no.'

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Lenovo Late Nite I.T. Workplace flexibility: Hybrid is hard 

Lenovo Late Nite I.T. Workplace flexibility: Hybrid is hard  | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it
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Emmy award nominee Baratunde Thurston interviews Kate Lister and Ryan Anderson (MillerKnoll) about workplace flexibility. 

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Tech Target: Experts on the future of remote work

Tech Target: Experts on the future of remote work | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"There are two theories about what might happen in the event of a recession, according to Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a telecommuting research and consulting firm."

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Fast Company: Tracking remote workers doesn’t make them more productive. Here’s what it does instead

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Owl Labs and Global Workplace Analytics surveyed 2,300 employees on the state of remote work to find out what’s really up. 

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CNN Business: Why requiring workers to spend more days in the office could backfire | 

CNN Business: Why requiring workers to spend more days in the office could backfire |  | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

“When is that extra level of connection [from in-person work] worth the commute, the time, the cost and the angst?,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics.

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WSJ—Work-Life Balance Finally Happened. Then They Were Called Back to the Office.

WSJ—Work-Life Balance Finally Happened. Then They Were Called Back to the Office. | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

“The conversations I’m hearing behind the scenes are, ‘Let’s just try this. We may want to go further’ ” in offering more flexibility down the line, Ms. Lister says.

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The Loop: How can we distance ourselves from Proximity Bias?

The Loop: How can we distance ourselves from Proximity Bias? | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"Would a race car team put a driver who isn’t at his or her best behind the wheel on race day? Would a sports team field players who aren’t physically and mentally prepared for the game? Of course not. So why would we ignore the fact that we’ve learned people are happier, healthier, and more productive, and more likely to stay with the company when they are given choice and autonomy over their work lives." - Kate Lister

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The New York Times: Google to Spend $2.1 Billion on Manhattan Office Building - 

The New York Times: Google to Spend $2.1 Billion on Manhattan Office Building -  | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

Kate Lister, the president of Global Workplace Analytics, a consulting firm advising companies on their return-to-office policies, said that hybrid work would remain a permanent feature of work culture after the pandemic.

Office space is not going to disappear, but, Ms. Lister added, “The total space will come down.

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The Boston Globe: As the role of the office recedes, companies invest savings into remote work 

The Boston Globe: As the role of the office recedes, companies invest savings into remote work  | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it
A few companies are downsizing drastically, investing the money they used to spend on square footage to strengthen their ability to operate with employees scattered far and wide.
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Rolling Stone: 4 Tips for Effectively Managing a Worldwide Remote Company

Rolling Stone: 4 Tips for Effectively Managing a Worldwide Remote Company | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it
The better your employees understand you as a leader, the more confident they will feel in their work.
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CNN Business: Return-to-office mandates won't magically improve young employees' career development 

CNN Business: Return-to-office mandates won't magically improve young employees' career development  | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it
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To executives who assert that innovation and mentoring are best fostered by more days in-person, Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, asks “How do you know? Did you measure it before?”

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Burnout isn't a health problem, it's a management problem. 

Burnout isn't a health problem, it's a management problem.  | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

Burnt out employees show that there are urgent problems to be addressed at the heart of any organization. But burnout is a management and organizational issue, not a physical or mental health issue, so promoting self-care won’t usually help employees recover. 

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This WSJ article is well worth a read. It urges managers to look to what is causing the burnout and fix that. They suggest six typical mismatches that lead to burnout:

Skills: Doing a job you are not trained to do

Workload: Stems from unrealistic expectations or inadequate resources

Control: Lack of autonomy

Reward: Lack of or insufficient recognition

Community: Socially toxic environments

Fairness: Inequitable treatment

Values: Ethical, moral, or legal concerns

The article goes on to suggest five critical steps leaders should take to address these mismatches. My favorite is to ask the employees.

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Forbes: CEOs Think Office Mandates Will Improve Company Culture. New Data Says They’re Wrong

Forbes: CEOs Think Office Mandates Will Improve Company Culture. New Data Says They’re Wrong | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

“[Bosses] are realizing that if they want to keep their people, they’re going to have to compromise,” Lister says. “Even those that are very against it like Elon Musk are seeing, now that we’re facing recession and pressures for cost reduction, the potential for remote work to dramatically reduce their office space.”

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Lenovo Late Night I.T. Hybrid is hard | Bonus Clip

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Bonus clip! Drive hybrid meeting equity with a buddy system and more.

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Entrepreneur magazine: How to Handle an Overwhelming Business Growth Spurt

Entrepreneur magazine: How to Handle an Overwhelming Business Growth Spurt | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"According to Global Workplace Analytics, a majority of the workforce (56%) is now able to work from home at least part-time. This remote work revolution provides businesses with the opportunity to access a wider pool of professionals with specialized industry expertise."

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Forbes: Remote work is being embraced by 90% of companies to cut costs ahead of a potential recession

Forbes: Remote work is being embraced by 90% of companies to cut costs ahead of a potential recession | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"annually for each employee who works remotely two or three days a week, according to a 2021 study by research firm Global Workplace Analytics."

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The Atlantic: Why a post-Covid world might not be so bad

The Atlantic: Why a post-Covid world might not be so bad | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, estimates that by 2025, nearly 70 percent of all employees will be working at home at least one business week every month. This will have lasting implications for everything from how families handle childcare to how people communicate in general. From more school choice to renewed skepticism of government Covid overreach, Americans are ready to get their freedom back.

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USA Today: Global Workplace Analytics and Owl Labs release 5th annual 'State of Remote Work' report

USA Today: Global Workplace Analytics and Owl Labs release 5th annual 'State of Remote Work' report | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"It's the technology that's saved us during the pandemic," said Kate Lister, the president of Global Workplace Analytics. "We now see that workers can be just as productive in a hybrid environment compared to the perception that they wouldn't be in an office."

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MIT: Coworking Spaces Offer a Post-Pandemic Office Alternative

MIT: Coworking Spaces Offer a Post-Pandemic Office Alternative | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

Once employees have experienced remote work, “they’re going to want to continue,” said Kate Lister, president of consulting company Global Workforce Analytics. She and her company predict a seismic shift in workplace culture over the next few years, with a much larger percentage of the population working from home on a permanent basis.

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Fast Company: How remote work can be a force for good

Fast Company: How remote work can be a force for good | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"According to Global Workplace Analytics, even just converting to ‘half-time telecommuting could reduce U.S. carbon emissions by over 51 million metric tons a year—the equivalent of taking all New York’s commuters off the road.”

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CNBC: Great Resignation supports more hybrid work, may lead to holograms

CNBC: Great Resignation supports more hybrid work, may lead to holograms | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

"Millions of U.S. workers are quitting their jobs in what some are calling the “Great Resignation.” Others, such as Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, see it as the “Great Reevaluation,” as workers seek increased flexibility."

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Marketplace.org/NPR: Business travel will have a slow recovery, report finds

Marketplace.org/NPR: Business travel will have a slow recovery, report finds | Global Workplace Analytics—In the News | Scoop.it

[...] That kind of travel might never be as common again, according to Kate Lister at Global Workplace Analytics [...]

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