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Facebook Workplace announces enterprise collaboration app platform

Facebook will compete directly with Slack through a full-fledged new collaboration app platform built atop its pay-per-user enterprise communication product Workplace. Exclusively announced on stage today at TechCrunch Disrupt London, the Facebook Workplace platform will support integration with …

Apps

Technology is taking jobs away from men—and reviving a pre-industrial version of masculinity

Many men lost their jobs when technology made them obsolete. The new jobs available were soul-crushing, undignified, and required an arduous commute—and that’s assuming companies would hire them. Most employers wouldn’t, because the men were considered too old and unskilled for the new work. And …

Manufacturing

Thinking Outside The Corner Office

<i>In an industry where a private office flush with glass plaques and deal mementos is the ultimate sign of success, commercial real estate firm CBRE gambled on a new strategy that hinged on concepts workers tend to hate. Employees seem to love it—but more importantly, clients are begging for it.</i><p>A …

Ergonomics

TRANSFORMING PUBLIC SECTOR ESTATES / ID:SR / Sheppard Robson

Authentic Workplaces Don’t Try to Make Everyone the Same

Look around your organization, at the people with whom you interact every day. What do you see? Does your workplace reflect a relative balance of males and females in leadership positions? A healthy range of diversity in terms of age, skin color, religious conviction, culture, or/and sexual …

What Virtually Everyone Wants From Their Workplace Today And How To Build That In Your Own

<b>Part of the new series “Today’s True Leadership”</b><p>Throughout my 18-year corporate life, I experienced the entire gamut of workplace conditions and attributes – from highly functional, creative and enriching environments, to the most toxic, dysfunctional and damaging cultures. We’ve all seen thousands …

Employee Engagement

The Value of the Social Workplace

Studio Tilt - Codesign Workshop<p>Attracting the best and brightest staff to your business and fostering a happy and healthy workforce can be significantly impacted by the quality of the working environment. The workplace can affect the physiological and psychological performance of people, so it is …

Local Economies

Offices of the future are on their way

Mr Beardmore-Gray added that the new tenants are also looking for the larger floor plates that banks used to have, where they can spread out and have …

Should we fear the future workplace - or embrace change?

<b>For the workers of today, the future can look bleak.</b><p>Retirement is an ever receding distant dream - probably just as well, as the pension is probably more likely to cover a week in Southend rather than a grand world tour.<p>Then there's the always present danger that if your manager isn't replaced by a …

The Future

How To Design An Office For Maximizing Employee Happiness

From color and textile to closed doors, here are the strategies for encouraging flexibility and productivity.<p>You might think the proliferation of wearables and apps to analyze and optimize our every move, along with the $6 billion spent on workplace wellness initiatives, would mean that every …

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.<p>Jay Simons, Atlassian's president, says the building was originally a book printing factory. He describes it "as a big, two-story …

San Francisco

What Work Will Look Like In 2025

The experts weigh in on the future of work a decade from now.<p>Anyone who grew up with the notion that we’d all have jet packs and robot housekeepers by 2015 knows that predicting the future is a risky business. But as technology continues to develop and various trends, demographic shifts, and other …

These Are The New Rules of Work

Forget everything you’ve always known about work. The rules have changed.<p>Work is increasingly both everywhere and nowhere–more deeply embedded in our lives than ever before, but disappearing as a discrete activity.<p>The old rules of work applied to an economy of factories and offices, a world of …

Inside Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's radical management experiment that prompted 14% of employees to quit

On March 24, Zappos' 1,500 or so employees got a memo from CEO Tony Hsieh.<p>"This is a long email," it began. "Please take 30 minutes to read through the email in its entirety."<p>It concerned the retailer's transition to "Holacracy," a manager-free operating structure that is composed, in theory, of …

How workplace design is creating a home away from home

Why you can expect to see more homey details in the office--and why that's a good thing.<p>After snagging a piping hot espresso from the open-air kitchen, you saunter over and settle in on the soft, brown leather couch, flanked by houseplants and custom art installations. Kicking your feet up on the …

Practice

Designing A Happier Office On The Super Cheap

We’re talking Ikea cheap: it’s small tweaks, rather than dramatic transformations, that have the biggest impact on company culture.<p>When Google set up shop in New York City, the Internet was flooded with pictures of its stunning new $1.9 billion space. The world marveled at lounges with deck chairs …

25 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design

What the landscape of design will look like in 2020, according to the most innovative designers of 2015.<p>Design is always changing, and with tech and design increasingly aligning, we’re arguably headed to the most radical period of change in design history. How radical will the design landscape of …

15 office space innovations

As San Francisco’s economy rapidly changes, the workplace culture is being transformed as well. The cubicles of yesteryear have now evolved into shared tables and open office spaces.<p>At Braintree, their work space is organized into neighborhoods, producing a collaborative environment without …

Here's why we need to rethink the open office design

However, despite growing concerns over decreases in worker productivity and employee satisfaction, the open office revolution shows no sign of slowing down.<p>The open office model has proliferated without regard for natural differences in workplace culture, leading to disastrous results when …

Why We Should Design Some Things to Be Difficult to Use

The first car I ever drove was a bashed Land Rover Defender. I was working at an outdoor pursuits centre in North Wales. Changing gear was like …

Living Rooms

The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Architecture

From dream kitchens to the dream of modular homes, the draftspeople building the future of how we live.<p>1. Houzz<p><b>For changing the way we remodel.</b> In 2010, after a frustrating ordeal trying to remodel their house, Palo Alto-based husband and wife Adi Tatarko and Alon Cohen launched Houzz, an online …

Open Office Conversation Shows No Signs of Cooling Off, and Other Industry News

Google Campus Dublin. Image © Peter Wurmli, via ArchDaily<p><i>ArchDaily</i> quotes our contributor <b>Kay Sargent</b> in an article this week about re-thinking the …

OpenOffice

Adobe’s Kickbox: The Kit To Launch Your Next Big Idea

This red box gives you $1,000, a bar of chocolate, and the opportunity to take your company by storm.<p>There’s a great scene in <i>Family Guy</i>. Peter Griffin has just won a boat. But upon redemption, he’s offered something else: A mystery box. He explains to Lois, “A boat’s a boat, but a mystery box could …

Millennials Want To Work At Organizations That Focus On Purpose, Not Just Profit

Want to get young people excited about your company, then try being a better company.<p>Millennials have taken on an almost mythic air in our country. We project on them both the worst–they’re all lazy and apathetic!–and the best–they’re all progressive and caring–about our society. But as they become …

Employee Engagement

4 Office Culture Killers And How To Avoid Them

Does your company culture come from a genuine, thoughtful process? If not, you might be making these mistakes.<p>There’s a reason water coolers are the iconic meeting place for employees to air their grievances: in a workplace where there’s nowhere else for staffers to break from the daily grind and …

Beyond the Open Office: A New Kind of Workspace

Why Citi Got Rid of Assigned Desks

It may seem odd to use a dystopian world as a model for an office workspace, but that’s just what Citi did.<p>Susan Catalano, Citi’s Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of HR, was reading the <i>Divergent</i> series — about a future society broken up into five social factions cultivating different …