Try Implementing Flexible Work Options to Increase Employee Engagement

Dan Pontefract

We are in the midst of one of the greatest eras of technological, social and cultural change. Today, mobile and other technologies keep us constantly connected, and this shift has affected how we interact with our families, how we spend our leisure time, and naturally, how we work. This change is creating an opportunity for companies to shift how they think about and conduct the daily practice of work. I work at TELUS , and have done so since late 2008.

Building Your Headquarters To Boost Employee Engagement

Dan Pontefract

In his book, Work Rules: Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live And Lead , Laszlo Bock (Google’s head of People Operations) writes, “A sense of community helps people do their best work just as surely as increasing efficiency does by sweeping away minor chores and distractions.” Bock continues, “All of these programs work to create efficiency, community, or innovation. My place of work, TELUS, is another example. (AP Photo).

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Why Do We Keep Insisting On Killing Productivity?

Luis Suarez

decided to kill my own productivity? Indeed, in such pretty demanding times, where more and more is expected from us, knowledge workers, where we are continuously asked to produce more with less, where remaining effective, if not even more productive, has taken a new meaning for all of us, it seems like we are doing a pretty bad job at getting rid of productivity killers and help us get better at what we are already doing. And, let’s face it, it’s working!

Healthy and Productive Meetings: Free Guidestar Webinar on Feb. 12th

Beth Kanter

A lot of my work consists of sitting — working on a computer, talking on the phone, or attending meetings or conferences. I made a commitment to change. I started using a Fitbit to monitor and motivate me to move, but I also sought out some ways to make walking part of work. I have learned a lot – and the results have helped me be way more productive (and drop a lot of pounds toos!). It’s work.” Flickr Photo by Lynn Friedman.

The Social Enterprise – Welcome to the Era of Intrapreneurship!

Luis Suarez

However, there is one particular article out there that became one of my all time favourite ones around this very same topic, and more than anything else, because it describes, pretty well, how work has evolved with the emergence of the Social Web in the last few years. Check out Irving Wladawsky-Berger ‘s “ A New Style of Work “ Irving’s blog is probably one of the most refreshing, enlightening and entertaining reads you can bump into at the Internet Blogosphere.

Four Principles for the Open World by Don Tapscott #hippie2.0

Luis Suarez

More than anything else because of a single key concept that permeates throughout the TED Talk and which I have been advocating for a long while as one of the biggest advantages of making use of social technologies, whether for work or for personal use: Openness. It’s no longer about providing good value and good products, but about having core values. And we all know how critical trust is in today’s day and age where without it we can no longer get work done.

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Luis Suarez

5 different reasons on why virtual teams seem to fail time and time again, and, while going through the descriptions of each and everyone of them, I couldn’t help nodding and agreeing with her big time, having experienced those same issues myself in the past, after having worked as a remote knowledge worker in multiple projects, in a number of business units, and over the course of the last 9 years. Use collaboration to drive product development and R&D efforts.

Looking Back on Four Decades: My Top 40 Learning Moments

Dan Pontefract

“We are chameleons, and our partialities and prejudices change place with an easy and blessed facility.”. Where have my partialities and prejudices changed? I’m still working on being less abstruse. Those that write or teach about change management, yet have never moved cities or jobs, should stop writing and teaching about change management. Moore’s Law is a farce in many organizations without IT budget to improve the work experience itself technologically.

How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return

Dan Pontefract

Unless there are multiple editions, a book unfortunately runs the risk of potentially missing out on new developments or changes in the landscape since its original publication. It’s still a good book, in my eyes at least, but there are many elements I’d now change. Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy … your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products. There seems to be quite a gap between pay and productivity.

Open Business – From Adoption into Adaptation

Luis Suarez

Early adopters, first, second, third waves of adopters have all gone through that transformation of how they work and everything. Slowly, but steadily, they turned themselves into skeptics with the earned right to voice out their concerns, issues and what not, in order to make the point across that they are not going to make the change over, no matter what. At least, for now, or till the point where things have changed and shifted so radically they won’t have a choice anymore.

Working Your Creative Muscle. Or, How I Signed Up for an Art Project and What I Learned

Adaptive Path

What I got was much more: a new understanding of my working process and insights about the role of personal projects in everyday creativity. Working Your Creative Muscle. Specific elements that worked well: It was related to (but not the same as) my everyday work. Although I was working independently, I was also participating in parallel with others. We work in a rapidly changing environment and we design for the future.

Walking While Working

Beth Kanter

A lot of my work consists of sitting — working on a computer, talking on the phone, or attending meetings or conferences. As Nilofer Merchant points out in this Ted.com talk , people are sitting 9.3 I made a commitment to change. ” I have cut out non-productive work time where I sit at my desk and can’t concentrate! It’s work.” Walking is the Killer Work App for Creativity.

Remote Collaboration

Tony Karrer

My primary interest here are the methods and tools that allow us to work better as part of remote work teams. In other words - How do we collaborate together in remote work teams to be as effective or even more effective than a team that works down the hall? I cannot claim to be an expert, and I feel like this topic demands a lot of soft skills such as communication skills, team skills, handling cultural and work style issues, etc.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jun 04 2008 Talking and Walking Collaboration Published by Nancy White at 8:12 am under collaboration , creativity , culture of love photo credit: steev-o A bit ago Shawn Callahan of Anecdote (friend and collaborator!) First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Best to begin with tested working relationships with your partners.