Try Implementing Flexible Work Options to Increase Employee Engagement

Dan Pontefract

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. Interestingly, there is a correlation to workers who are offered a flexible work arrangement and both loyalty and productivity. How we know it works.

Five Essential Tips to Effectively Work from Home

Dan Pontefract

Being a mobile worker means I can work from the road, a TELUS office, hotels, the odd coffee shop … and yes even at home. Several years ago TELUS introduced a concept called Work Styles where 70 per cent of its team members will work 100 per cent of the time from home or – like me – will work from various locations, including their home. 56 per cent said that having a flexible work option would motivate them to work harder.

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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).

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!

“Oh, you’re one of those. You want to work anywhere, anytime.”

Dan Pontefract

I’d like to be able to move around, work from home, be in different buildings and generally work from anywhere.” You want to work anywhere, anytime.”. I want to work anywhere, anytime.”. I really wish I could work anywhere, anytime.”. These days at TELUS, more people than ever before are working anywhere, anytime. But employee engagement is but one aspect that demonstrates TELUS’ flexible working arrangement and model is, err…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 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!). I’ll be doing a Guidestar Webinar on health and productive meetings on Feb. It’s work.”

The Art of Collaborating Effectively in Virtual Teams

Luis Suarez

As a teaser, here you have got the listing of those 7 habits, to give you a little bit of background on what to expect from the article itself: “Don’t just work hard, work smart. Use collaboration to drive product development and R&D efforts.

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.

IT & HR: Should They Merge?

Dan Pontefract

Enterprise 2.0 = Work 2.0 = Learning 2.0. Collaborative Work Styles. Enterprise 2.0 = Work 2.0 = Learning 2.0. without Work 2.0 Work 2.0 (the the shift to a more collaborative business model, inclusive to mobile work styles) needs the premise of Learning 2.0

Grappling with Groups

Clark Quinn

However, in designing learning, working in groups has some real negative perceptions and realities. As my kids complained, on group projects some team members will reliably slack, letting the most driven student do the work. Even with a commitment, there can be differences in working style: getting started early versus preferring to do it under pressure. When I assigned group projects, I told my students I expected them to do equal work, and would grade accordingly.

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A New Style of Work

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Tom Foremski , a journalist blogger and friend who reports on the business and culture of innovation in Silicon Valley Watcher , wrote an interesting comment in my blog: “In some ways, I see your post-retirement life as being somewhat futuristic, in that it will be the way many people will be working in the future. It's what I call an "atomic" model - collaborating with others on specific tasks/projects and then dissolving those collaborations as you work with others on different projects.

Looking Back on Four Decades: My Top 40 Learning Moments

Dan Pontefract

I’m still working on being less abstruse. Having my direct reports physically around me was rule number one; that rule was thrown into the bin in favour of 100% flexible work styles. Moore’s Law is a farce in many organizations without IT budget to improve the work experience itself technologically. It’s naïve to think an entirely flattened organization will be productive.

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

Dan Pontefract

Benefit Corporations seek to take into account the welfares (and bottom line interests) of stakeholders that include the communities in which they serve, employees, environment, customers, products/services and its shareholders. Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy … your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products. Louis reported that worker productivity actually increased by 93 percent over the same time period.

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. If not, we are the ones who have got an issue , because we are just not working hard enough to understand their context and different working styles and adjust accordingly. . It just doesn’t work like that, I am afraid. No , I am really sorry, but it just doesn’t work like that.

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. An actual product or output?

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 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?

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I have written 3 articles collaboratively (more on those later, one of which was with Shawn and his biz partner Mark Schenk), one in the works and have been co-writing workshop documentation with our team. First, it takes a lot more work to write WITH others. Good work M.