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Telecommuting – the future ain’t what it used to be

via smh.com.au Productivity versus collaboration. Isolation versus distraction. The pros and cons of working from home and “telecommuting” were making the rounds last week with articles about Google and Yahoo policies. Google, despite enabling its users to collaborate remotely doesn’t favour the practise itself. The positions of these companies on the matter are summarised by […]

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Want More Productive Workers? Adjust Your Thermostat via Fast Company

Cornell University researchers conducted a study that involved tinkering with the thermostat of an insurance office. When temperatures were low (68 degrees, to be precise), employees committed 44% more errors and were less than half as productive as when temperatures were warm (a cozy 77 degrees). Cold employees weren’t just uncomfortable, they were distracted. The […]

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It’s not that this particular article in interesting — its that articles like this are appearing more and more often: “Stop Working More Than 40 Hours a Week” via Inc.com

No new facts or research in this article. Just more evidence of a trend to discourage long working hours to promote productivity. There’s been a flurry of recent coverage praising Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, for leaving the office every day at 5:30 p.m. to be with her kids. Apparently she’s been […]

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For the easily distracted

via forbes.com via Managing Distraction: How and Why to Ignore Your Inbox – Forbes http://www.forbes.com/sites/dell/2012/04/19/managing-distraction-how-and-why-…

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Audit how you work via The 99 Percent

via the99percent.com The great team at Behance have delivered another thoughtful piece inviting us to consider, or perhaps even audit how we work. Petrhaps categorise the reading of this article into Planning: http://the99percent.com/tips/7151/The-5-Types-of-Work-That-Fill-Your-Day

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Standing while you work? It’s called “activity based working” and it’s happening right now at Australian Banks

My previous post included an image of a standing desk at Faceboook HQ, and a while ago I posted a story about a seemingly wacky treadmill desk. What I thought was a fringe trend of tech firms has hit the mainstream at Sydney’s Commonwealth Bank headquarters as well as Macquarie Group, GPT Group and Jones […]