Does casual dress harm productivity at work?

According to fashion psychologist Dr. Karen Pine, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, dressing casually can make a person feel less focused and alert. A study of work attire by Hajo Adam and Adam Galinksky found that subjects wearing physician’s lab coats were better at tasks that required attention. Interestingly, when the subjects […] Read more

When architects create the ‘office of the future’ with no restraints

In September 2013, U.S. commercial real estate firm Vornado/Charles E. Smith challenged architects with creating offices of the future—with no design restraints whatsoever. The only direction was to create the office of the future that could be used today—and to keep it within a reasonable budget. The six firms—FOX Architects, OTJ Architects, Perkins + Will, […] Read more

Germany’s decline in remote working seems to have stabilised

Contrary to what many people would think, remote working has been declining in Germany since 2008. According to research executed by one of the leading economic research institutions in Germany, the German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (DIW), 9.2% of workers sometimes or most of the time worked from home in 2004. […] Read more

Telework because of snow saves more than costs of implementing telework

The severe winter storms this season has led the U.S. Federal government to close Washington-area agencies four times. According to figures released Monday by Global Workplace Analytics and Telework Research Network, telework has saved federal agencies USD 32 million in productivity over the four days since December that D.C.-area federal offices have been closed due […] Read more

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