Increasing Happiness and Productivity, and Other Industry News

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  • Microsoft’s Workplace Analytics, tools to give employers a sense of their workforce’s engagement and productivity, are now available. Here’s what the technology can tell you about your company.
  • Believe it or not, there’s a good argument for leaving work early in the summer. Find out why companies are instituting “Summer Fridays,” and why it’s good for both employees and organizations.
  • Investing in employees’ happiness may be the right thing to do, but it’s also likely to increase workplace productivity. Take notes from Incentro, a Netherlands based firm that made the choice to become “less flashy but more fun.”
  • Projects in development in NYC are being delayed over a new interpretation of zoning language from the ’60s. According to the code, all building uses “must be contained within enclosed buildings.” While developers say this is meant to stop things like outdoor flea markets, the city says it means tenants are not permitted on outdoor spaces like rooftop terraces.
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