New office trends like Hot Desking don’t just take place at The Edge, Deloitte’s fully-optimized building in Amsterdam. At home in Houston, Texas, one company took a good look at their procedures and decided it was time to maximize their time and space more effectively.
When the “smartest building in the world,” the “greenest building in the world,” and the “Uber of buildings” are all the same building, one can’t help but take notice. The Edge in Amsterdam is a futuristic office structure that takes care of details other office employees around the world have to manage every day. Among the innovative ideas being instituted at the Edge is a new trend called “Hot Desking.” This workplace trend has become a hot topic in office buildings around the world, but is it one you should consider?
When Jeff Lesk and his team of lawyers at Nixon-Peabody in Washington D.C. were looking for a new office space, they decided to shake things up a bit. In the lawyer world, that doesn’t happen very often. What resulted was a complete overhaul of the way law offices approach corporate space across the country.
If you read our recent blog about eating at your desk, you know how awful it is to skip breaks and lunches throughout the workday. Desk eating is dangerous for your mental and physical health as well as for the quality of the work you think you’re getting done.
Are you happy to see your employees powering through lunchtime by eating at their desks, or skipping breaks altogether? Not so fast. Working through lunch seems like a sign of motivated workers, but research shows a dark side to this habit. A new study from Right Management shows that neglecting to take breaks throughout one’s workday decreases productivity, morale, and wellness. Another study conducted by the employment consultants at CareerBuilder found that only 20% of executives eat lunch at sit down restaurants while 40% brown bag their lunches in their office and 17% grab quick bites at fast food.
Workplace Engagement, according to The Roesler Group, is “the heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for his or her organization, that influences him or her to exert greater discretionary effort to his or her work.” In other words, an engaged employee is one who feels connected to their work and therefore performs better. This is what every business leader wants to cultivate.
1.2 million people work as lawyers in the United States. The majority of these legal professionals work in solo or small firms with fewer than six other lawyers. The number of large law firms, however, is growing. In fact, between 1980 and 2000, the number of firms with at least 100 lawyers doubled.
Distractions Compromise Innovation
Chances are, between the moment you clicked this article and when you began reading this sentence, you’ve been distracted by something or someone. Distractions at work are so common, they seem to be the whitespace surrounding most workplaces. To overcome distractions and actually get work done, you may want to meet Brody. We’ll introduce you later in this article.
Is it controversial to tell your workers they should be in the office? Answers from few high-tech CEOs may surprise you.
When Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, banned her 12,000 employees from working at home, the outrage was immediate. New York Times Contributor Farhad Manjoo’s 2013 Slate article eviscerated Mayer for her dictatorial control over her employees’ lives. In one borderline personal attack on Mayer, Manjoo wrote, “Mayer is going to regret this decision. It’s myopic, unfriendly, and so boneheaded that I worry it’s the product of spending too much time at the office. (She did, after all, build a nursery next to her office to house her new baby).” Yahoo made the announcement to employees through a memo sent by Human Resources.
Even though between 80%-90% of the U.S. workforce expresses interest in working remotely at least part of the time, only 2.8% of the workforce actually does. Based on those numbers, it’s likely your company has already had to address the option of remote work. So, how do you decide if working remotely is right for your workers?