Faces: Meet John Malnor

Things like coworking, shared spaces, and pay per use models are just beginning to emerge, but will become for many the reality of their working lives. Converging trends of changes in our ability to be always connected, the social acceptance of working in a variety of spaces, and a shift in business toward results vs. effort are all combining to create a wave of change.

Faces: Meet Philip Ross

Philip Ross is CEO of Cordless Group and UnWork.com and is an author, commentator, and consultant on the future of work. Through Unwork.com, Philip aims to challenge the status quo and look forward to a new world of work. He’s driven by the “six pack” of forces — demographics, culture, technology, sustainability, travel/the city and workplace/property.

Product Similarities Surprise at Neocon 2011

So I survived NeoCon 2011. My take this year was that I did not see any earthshaking new ideas or products or anything that was really new. Don’t get me wrong, there was some really cool stuff. But I felt like I had seen most of it before.

However, several trends emerged…

Navigating NeoCon in Chicago

Someone once told me that what you know is dependent upon where you are — if you want to know something you have to go to where the knowledge is. NeoCon is just that. The knowledge is in the air, you feel it, you see it, you hear it. You have to be there to experience it. It is intense. Your senses get bombarded.

I remember getting back from my first trip and thinking \”“what the hell just happened?– 

So now that I–â„¢ve been to a few NeoCons, I thought I–â„¢d share some of my thoughts about those past events. Hopefully this article helps you get oriented BEFORE you land in Chicago.

Measuring High-Performance Work Spaces

We frequently hear the term high-performance work space, and I think we are all seeing significant gains in efficiency as our office environments evolve.

Yet, measuring the performance of an alternative workspace today is a tricky business — especially given many of the new conventions in how we work, such as unassigned work spaces, telecommuting, distributed work, consulting, and outsourcing.

So, what does a “high-performance work space” really mean?

Back to the Foosball

When the recession hit, employers buckled down by rallying their troops to keep their heads down and make great things happen. As part of that resolve, it wasn’t uncommon to see perks like the office Wii gathering dust — after all, “playing” when you were lucky to have a job didn’t seem tasteful.

But now we’re seeing the re-emergence of play in the office — and, hopefully, what it’s revealing to employers is that having a release isn’t just “cool” for culture, but a real part of productivity.