Wireless charging is about convenience and productivity

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If you had to list the top five workplace technology trends for the coming year, you’d probably pretty quickly come up with connected devices, voice-activated technologies, augmented reality (AR), and artificial intelligence (AI). What would be the fifth item? According to 2,000 U.K. office workers surveyed recently by Workthere, a global consultant to organizations looking […]

Four-day workweeks may be in your future. Is that good or bad?

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The five-day, 40-hour workweek is not written in stone, as those of us who work more than 40 hours and on weekends can attest. But it is, for lack of a better term, the “standard” workweek in modern times, and certainly an improvement over the 12 hours a day, six days a week that workers […]

Workplace productivity: AI, music, and mood control

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Recent research suggests that music can affect a worker’s productivity and creativity. Awesome! Enterprise leaders merely have to pipe some music into that office and watch the transformational magic ensue! The problem with doing that is not everyone is motivated or inspired by the same music. The hip hop lover’s rapture may be the classic […]

Your job may be killing you

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I got my first “real” job in my early 20s, working as a reporter at a small newspaper. The editor was a combustible tyrant, going off on rants daily, muttering loudly about one staffer or another, and generally making the lives of everyone in the newsroom as miserable as his probably was. (Funny how that […]

Splendid isolation or lonely hell? The dual reality of working remotely

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I’ve been working from home for almost 20 years as a technology and healthcare writer/editor. While it’s second nature to me now, at first I struggled with the isolation. Granted, you can isolate yourself in many workplaces, at least if you have headphones or an office with a door. But you still can walk down […]

Having the right digital mindset

“Digital” is used as a title to cover the current business and computing era. Being “digital” is about having the right mindset. There is no magic course or exam that you can take that will pronounce you as being “digital.” It’s how you apply yourself against the changing landscape of business and technology. There are many […]

2018: The quantified enterprise — Stop guessing and start measuring

Predictions for 2018: Companies will use the data from digital systems to quantify the business and become more productive The desire to quantify the business will emerge as a primary driver of digital transformation Companies, forced to rethink big data, will turn to advanced machine-learning techniques (like deep learning) to make high-quality decisions Last year we […]

Fueling collaboration through workplace design

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With so many collaboration tools available, it’s often difficult for enterprise decision-makers to choose the one that will work best for their employees. One good way to avoid making a bad purchase or commitment is to seek employee input before choosing a collaboration platform. You can have what you believe to be the best collaboration […]

Hey, mobile “early adopters,” level up or lose out!

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So your enterprise is part of the mobile revolution. Good work! Most of your employees have mobile devices that allow them to check their email, messages, or calendar from anywhere and at any time. At least that’s how you think employees are using their mobile devices; the truth is, you really don’t have any visibility […]

The digital workplace: Making the magic happen

Globalization and the growth of the “outside-in” digital enterprise have thoroughly disrupted the workplace. The company-employee equation has changed dramatically, with the “task” becoming the primary focus. Collaboration happens intuitively and digitally across boundaries. As workers exercise more independence, taking jobs they’re truly interested in, businesses reduce traditional benefits and brick-and-mortar office space to free […]