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.

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How To Use Email Signatures to Save You Time

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.

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How to Benefit from New Alternative Workspaces

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lack Of Focus In The Workplace Is Growing

Have you ever considered the type of work environment where you thrive? Do you need a quiet space to work, think and operate within or can you sit at a Starbucks to get it all done?

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As work environments move towards more community-based style, an important question arises … will you be able to focus in the new environment and get the same amount work done?

Employers are wrestling with this very question.

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How to Make Journaling Part of Your Life

When you think of journaling, what comes to your mind? Journaling has evolved over the years. The creator of The Five Minute Journal has been journaling since he was fourteen or fifteen years old.

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The days of the diary still exist but in different forms. Developing a journaling habit must be intentional. Over the years, I have had several journals. Most of my journals have centered around travel. I shared some of my actual handwritten travel journal entries in my 40 for 40 series.

As I have grown in my understanding of journaling, I still appreciate the beauty of a handwritten journal; however, I now use tools that fit my digital workflow.

Journals help us …

  • Process our thoughts and emotions
  • Connect our mind and heart
  • Lead to “aha” moments on a subject
  • Create an environment of growth
  • Show our progress

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