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A peek at Google’s new Amsterdam offices – Who said work can’t be fun?

“But the design is also identifiably Dutch. There’s a quirkiness to Dutch design, a playfulness that transforms the basics (which can be quiteminimal) into something fun.”

Kate Lister’s insight:

Google Amsterdam’s new office features a 1960’s caravan as a meeting room. And, of course, the foosball table. http://bit.ly/1hUT7qF

See it on Scoop.it, via WE – Workplace Evolutionaries

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WorkDesign Magazine: Office Design and How People Work

“…the office is no longer a singular, monolithic place where everyone is working at the same time in the same space.”

Kate Lister’s insight:

NELSON’s Gary Miciunas speaks to the need for mobility within the office, as well as outside it.

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85% of workforce open to new opportunities: This is a must-read global survey from LinkedIn

Talent Trends 2014, our latest global research report, is now available for download. We surveyed 18,000 fully-employed professionals in 26 countries to find out what’s on their minds when it comes to jobs and career management. The results are a fascinating snapshot of today’s global workforce

Kate Lister’s insight:

If you have even the remotest interest in employee attraction and retention, you really need to download this study. The data is parsed over 28 countries and includes detailed charts on what motivates and doesn’t motivate people to leave their employer. http://linkd.in/1fKqdqH

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LinkedIn survey shows 85% of global workforce are entertaining job offers; Calls 10% of turnover “preventable”

LinkedIn surveyed 7,530 of its members in the US, Australia, Canada, India and the UK who recently changed jobs. The company is calling this …

Kate Lister’s insight:

As the economy inches back to life, more and more employees are inching toward the door. Better work-life balance is second only to better compensation in reasons they’d make a switch though, ultimately, those who leave do so because of greater opportunity for advancement. http://bit.ly/1oAzUPy

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Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human Capital Trend Study is a must read. Leadership, engagement, burn-out

We just completed a major study of human capital trends around the world (Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, 2,500 organizations in 90 countries) and the message is clear: companies are struggling to engage our modern, 21st century workforce. This is a worldwide issue. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around […]

Kate Lister’s insight:

This is a really excellent study. No, I mean really excellent. Even better is the interactive dashboard (http://bit.ly/1cW16qe) that lets you drill down by country, industry, company size and more.

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Too Distracted to Work: The Dark Side of Open Offices

Barking dogs, flying Nerf darts, uncomfortable proximity to co-workers—and too much creativity to get anything done

Kate Lister’s insight:

The open office debate continues, but not all open offices are created equal. The photo here even looks noisy with all the hard surfaces around. Are the savings worth it? NEAD saved about 80,000 a year in rent. Assuming an average salary of $80k and a per person sales ratio of 2:1, it would only take 2.5% decrease in productivity among the 20 employees to wipe out the savings. False economy?

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Teleworkers save government $32M during 2014 snowstorms. Savings would top $10 Billion with regular telework.

As heavy snow shut down businesses and federal offices again this month, liberated workers tweeted about sipping hot cocoa, lying under blankets and bingeing on “House of Cards.” But Edwin Gotico…

Kate Lister’s insight:

As our analysis suggests, that’s a great start, but only 8% of government employees telework regularly. If those who could and wanted to teleworked regularly, the savings would top $10 billion a year.

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Need more evidence for working less and resting more: Workplace Injuries Spike at Switch to Daylight Savings Time

The average American gets about 40 minutes less sleep the night after pushing the clock ahead an hour—with measurable consequences for on-the-job safety.

Kate Lister’s insight:

While this article relates specifically to accidents, I can’t help make the connection between overall wellness and job effectiveness.

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Fascinating Salon article about why we work long hour and why the insanity has to stop

“For the good of our bodies, our families, our communities, the profitability of American companies, and the future of the country, this insanity has to stop. Working long days and weeks has been incontrovertibly proven to be the stupidest, most expensive way there is to get work done. Our bosses are depleting resources from of the human capital pool without replenishing them. They are taking time, energy and resources that rightfully belong to us, and are part of our national common wealth.”

Kate Lister’s insight:

This is a must read. It’s a fascinating look at why we work long hours in spite …read more

The 55 hour workweek is unsustainable, unhealthy, and unproductive

For many in the entrepreneurship game, long hours are a badge of honor. Starting a business is tough, so all those late nights show how determined, hard working and serious about making your business work you are, right?

Wrong. According to a handful of studies, consistently clocking over 40 hours a week just makes you unproductive (and very, very tired).

That’s bad news for most workers, who typically put in at least 55 hours a week, recently wrote Sara Robinson at Salon. Robinson’s lengthy, but fascinating, article traces the origins of the idea of the 40-hour week and it’s downfall …read more