This Weekend’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on February 18, 2012

8 Articles to Read this Weekend

Flexible Work, Is It Really All That Available?
Just because the personnel manuals of many — maybe most — companies in the United States profess to offer flexible work arrangements of some sort doesn’t mean that these arrangements really are widely available and improving people’s lives … AGEnda—Aging & Work Blog

The Next Office: Why CEOs Are Paying Attention
Executives everywhere are being asked to deliver higher performance from every company asset. Yet they often overlook an asset that’s both highly leverageable and pivotal to the organization’s success: the office … Steelcase 360

How the Economy & Technology Led to Benching & a Mobile Worker
The recession and introduction of sophisticated mobile devices created the perfect recipe for organizations to identify new, efficient ways to design work environments. These new environments offer employees a chance to embrace technology and compete in the global economy while decreasing real-estate expenses … Workspace Design Magazine

Reworking the workplace
Areawide, local companies are reshaping their offices in an effort to improve their operations and position themselves for the future. Corner offices are going away, and cubicles are being replaced by modernist interpretations of the workbench, with employees working closer together. Break rooms are now like mini rec centers with televisions and comfortable seats … Houston Chronicle

Office Tenant Loyalty Continues to Climb; Satisfaction Falls, Though
During the four quarters ending Dec. 31, 2011, 61.8% of tenants indicated that they “definitely” or “probably” would renew. This degree of loyalty represents an increase of 1.7 percentage points in just one year and 3.2 percentage points since the low of 58.6% at the end of 2009 … CoStar Group

The Gen Y Effect: Younger Generations and Their Influence on Enterprise Communication
While the technological renaissance in which we find ourselves entrenched has affected all facets of our lives, it originated and continues to be defined by innovations in communication.  The contemporary innovators, adopters and beneficiaries are largely Generation Y … Business 2 Community

Rules For the Social Era
Like the rising temperature of the water the proverbial frog is sitting in, organizations are feeling the social era all around them, but failing to notice how significant a change it has produced. Because it has shown up in bits and pieces, via freemium models, crowdsourcing, online communities, virtual workforces, social networks, and so on, it is easy to miss how much the overall context has changed for the way value is created … Harvard Business Review

Will 2012 Be The Year That CMOs Prepare for Social Business?
In October 2011, IBM released a marketing study titled “From Stretched to Strengthened” based on interviews with more than 1,700 Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs) globally. The studymrevealed that the majority CMOs do not feel prepared to deal with the high level of business complexity currently in today’s marketplace, largely due to the growing influence of the social customer and their increased connectivity … Social Business News

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