App Friday’s Are Coming – June 9

Every other Friday, two times per month, we will explore an app (iOS, Windows and Web) that can help you (and your team) be more productive. Mobile is rapidly being used to conduct business on the fly, and our apps need to help us stay productive when we are away from our laptops or the office.

The Future of the Apple Watch and the Workplace

The Apple Watch revolutionized the way we talk about fitness, think about time, and our wearables. The question is, how could the Apple Watch transform the way we measure our workplaces?

Apple Watch and the Workplace

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When we start thinking of the possibilities of the Apple Watch beyond the health, wellness, and fitness benefits, researchers can see the potential for capturing near real-time data on their workplaces.

Companies, like Humanscale, are thinking about health and wellness as an extension of their furniture and ergonomic products.

Health, wellness, and fitness goals are more than just closing the activity rings; it's about the change in lifestyle that we experience. The data we capture from our wearables is important for our fitness, but it could also help us understand how we navigate through our workplaces.

The Value of Research in the Workplace

Is there a place in today’s crowded workplace for research initiatives? For years, research has driven workplace designers and facilities’ teams to construct the workplace of the future.


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In the 1950’s, the open plan was truly an open plan. Steel desks laid out in rows with no partitions and no privacy were the norm.

In the 1960’s, the office (four walls and a door) was the desired design of most professionals at the time. The RAND Corporation developed its headquarters in Santa Monica on a simple lattice structure with open courtyards for intentional interaction.

In the 1970’s, the cubicle was born. A modular design of tremendous flexibility was the choice of facilities professionals everywhere, and density was the name of the game.

Fast forward, the open plan was making a strong comeback. The cubicle walls provided a sense of privacy but lacked real collaboration like its big brother from the 50’s.

Today, the idea of “resimercial” is making its entrance into the workplace – a combination of residential and commercial. Employees want a little bit of home in their current workplace.

This workplace change is due in large part to the changing of the generations in the workplace who bring a tighter integration with family and community into their professions.

How To Use Email Signatures to Save You Time

and 4 Benefits of Email Automation

Email governs our lives these days. It is not uncommon for people to get 100 plus email messages per day. Email signatures might be the answer to your email woes.


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A manager I know did a study on his email for last year. He had over 50,000 emails that arrived in his inbox. Fifty thousand!

Each day we process tens, maybe hundreds, of email messages. Sometimes it may feel like that is all we do. Being efficient in our email processing includes using email templates or signatures.

There are some third party tools such as Textexpander, Typinator and Keyboard Maestro that can help with this processing. However, if you work for a company with strict IT policies, you might not be able to use them.

How to Benefit from New Alternative Workspaces

3 Benefits of the new "remote" work environment

Remote working has evolved for the past several years or even a decade ago. Today, we have virtual teams spread out all over the world. Businesses can run with Slack, an internet connection, and some great support staff.

Remote Working Environment

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Assistants no longer have to be right outside your door, rather they can be halfway around the world coordinating your business from a laptop.

Remote working certainly has morphed, but it's not just about working in a different time zone; it can also be about working in a different location.

Some people need a quiet place to work while others can work from virtually anywhere. Starbucks has made it easy to build a business from a coffee shop.

In today’s workplace, employees are craving alternative work environments. They want the Starbucks-feel without having to leave their campus.

How to Combat Distraction in the Workplace

Workplace distraction is a growing problem for companies today. In fact, companies are struggling to help employees of all generations deal with these changing conditions.

Work in a Coffee Shop

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The problem is, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Rather, there are many solutions to the issues.

Do you struggle with distractions? Distractions emerge in various forms. They can be:

  • Auditory (phone, hallway conversations, loud talkers)
  • Technological (Facebook, Slack, Twitter, text messages)
  • Visual (somebody walking by)

These distractions pull us out of our “deep work” as Cal Newport says. When we are in our “deep work” state, we are hyper-focused and able to complete more items.