Corporate Learning and Development and the Global War for Talent

I recently had an opportunity to hear a great presenter, Dave Wilkins from Taleo Research speak about the Global War for Talent. His presentation focused on what companies need in order to successfully compete in business today and the future: agile, global, skilled employees. How many of us are ready for Talent 2.0? We’ve all heard of[…]

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Do Virtual Teams Foster Creativity and Innovation?

I attended a CoreNet Global New England Chapter event in Boston that featured Google’s Facility Director, Adam Lutz, from their New York office. The presentation, meeting the needs of diverse work styles, highlighted Google’s New York office approach to office design by emphasizing collaborative team planning.  What resonated with me is challenging ideals of what office[…]

Process Improvement in the Virtual Workplace, Part 2

In part 1 last week, I described a check request process involving several approvers and a manual workflow that relied on the company’s intra-company mail.  With employees no longer co-located in the same office building, a virtual process needs to be created.  The old process is shown below (I have spared you my bad drawing[…]

You’ve Kicked Everyone Out of the Office. Now What?

Process Improvement in the Virtual Workplace, Part 1 Organizations implement telework programs for various reasons, from saving real estate costs to improving employee satisfaction.  However, very few think about how processes may be affected once employees are dispersed or working from home.  There’s an opportunity to leverage the virtual environment to improve old processes and[…]

Teleworker Toolkit: The Basics of Change Management

Here’s a quote I have often heard: “Approximately 70% of change efforts fail or are derailed. Failure of an organizational change can lead to major issues that cause unmet expectations, wasted time and money.” Although I can’t verify the source of the quote, experience tells me it is probably accurate.  Implementing telework is often hard[…]

Welcome to the New Office Environment: Hoteling and Hot Desking

One of the driving factors for organizations to adopt telework is to reduce costs.  Specifically, real estate costs.  If employees are mobile or working from home on a frequent basis, then why do they need a permanent office or cubicle?  By consolidating and creating shared workspaces, organizations can reduce overall office space.  This new office[…]