How does celebrating Arbor Day equate to workplace wellness?
We believe that productive and healthy workspace shares these qualities:
All of these qualities can also be achieved by conducting some of your work outdoors, under a tree!
Let us explain.
Providing outdoor workspace, complete with strong wi-fi signals makes it a “no excuses” option. (ok, excluding inclement weather, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, blistering heat, frozen tundra conditions, tsunamis if we must)
Let’s share more specifics. Stacia Pierce was recently published on the Huffington Post “10 Best Practices to Staying Healthy at Work”. The highlighted parentheses are ours but lets focus on #7 “Take breaks and get out in the sun and fresh air. Make sure to get your daily dose of vitamin D by getting outdoors every day.(stimulates) Even on your busiest days, it’s important to take a few minutes to step away and regroup. (inspires) Invigorate yourself by going outside and taking a brisk walk around your office building.(energizes) Or calm yourself from a hectic day by simply sitting and meditating quietly for a few minutes surrounded by nature” (comforts)
Taking it outdoors will evoke the feeling of being connected to something bigger and reducing stress.
We agree with the Arbor Day Foundation that “Trees are Simply Amazing” so take action!
and PLANT A TREE and remember the hammock!
wendy April 29th, 2016
There is a wave of new feminism sweeping the US, as demonstrated by the millions of copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In on people’s bookshelves and e-readers. Lean In groups have been springing up across the country. A small and vocal group of men have come out publicly as feminists – in support of gender equality.
The challenge is still in our boardrooms. To that, Kelly Wallace, CNN’s digital correspondent shares how the performance of businesses changes when women are at the table.
The sad truth from Kelly’s article point to the need for multiple studies to scientifically outline quantifiable proof that companies with more women in positions of senior leadership and board membership financially outperform those with fewer women.
I know Twitter is listening prior to their IPO.
As Kelly sites, when women are at the table, there is a now-greater push toward vocalizing personal priorities: i.e. a senior executive publicly mentioning her inability to attend the next conference call because she would be attending her daughter’s kindergarten graduation. Several colleagues, including men, contacted the executive afterwards in support of her decision.
This gives all of us more room to remember to work to live not live to work.
Harvard Business Review recently published a captivating article by
Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones regarding the careful thought firms such as Arup and Waitrose have taken to create an amazing workspace culture.
From their article: ”We call this “the organization of your dreams.” In a nutshell, it’s a company where individual differences are nurtured; information is not suppressed or spun; the company adds value to employees, rather than merely extracting it from them; the organization stands for something meaningful; the work itself is intrinsically rewarding; and there are no stupid rules.”
As we look to find our own work/life balance issues, we understand as well that Gen Y is willing to take a smaller paycheck in order to have more flexibility.
We’ll continue to share interesting findings in workspace evolution.
Emergent Research recently posted results from its annual independent worker survey under the auspices of Small Business Labs.
An excerpt from the posting
“…..these surveys reflect populations of 17 million in the case of our independent worker survey and roughly 22 million in the case of the micro business survey. Which means these surveys suggest there are hundreds of thousands of U.S. coworking members.”
In essence, coworking as a viable workspace option is growing and awareness of the concept is increasing. All good news if you are instilling flex-work policies into your workplace.
Please read the full article by Scott Chambers, COO of Pacific Business Centers, explaining how outside voices can stimulate and engage teams by carrying a new message.
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It has finally gotten the attention of major media. Is it soon to be more mainstream?
The April 18, 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, “Warming Up to the Officeless Office” showcases American Express, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Glaxo-SmithKline as being at the forefront of this shift of their real estate utilization.
The Benefits of bringing down the “Walls”
The explanation can be summed up as the convergence of a desired increase by Corporate America of economy, efficiency and collaboration. What eminated from a focus on saving millions in rent and energy overhead has translated into increased community and accelerated creativity among “members” as the term designated to the transient professionals in the firms. The unanticipated effects include less emailing, more face-to-face interaction in informal, spontaneous meetings resulting in more immediate decision-making and project efficiencies. When you bring down the literal walls, you also remove the symolic walls and barriers to communication and results. Things get done!
Response to trends
Many of us in the Workspace-as-a-Service industry have been observing the trend to more open work environments since at least 2007. The explosion of Coworking worldwide between 2011 and 2012 alone is nearly double, from 1,130 locations in 2011 to 2,150 as of February 2012 thanks to deskmag’s continuous industry research.
Further in the article by Rachel Emma Silverman and Robin Sidel, American Express is siting “studies” regarding average space utilization rate at 50%. We’ve heard statistics in the past 15 months siting anywhere from 60% to 70% average utilization. Contributing factors include offsite work at clients’ locations, teleworking, sick and vacation times. Calculating a loss of anywhere from 30% to 50% of productive real estate is a serious drag on any bottom line.
Accenture has embraced this model for several years. Google and Facebook specifically designed their work environments to be open, although desks are designated for the most ”permanent” or on-premise employees.
What was not acknowledged was that this is a workspace configuration preferred by Millennials, the next-generation of global workers, expecting to work whenever from wherever. So while the corporations mentioned in the article are working with existing conditions, they clearly have their eye on the horizon, which is getting closer with each college graduating class.
Coworking Going Mainstream?
More articles and information come out each month, so perhaps it is becoming less a fascination point and more mainstream. As corporations shift to more Coworking models and as hotels now get in on the act to replace the noisy cafe experience, there is a morphing of The Third Space across multiple formats. Working in isolation is out, working in community is in!