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New Book on Cost-Efficient, Sustainable Facility Practices to Debut at World Workplace

We are very pleased to share the following special announcement from the IFMA Foundation (Charlie and I authored one chapter of the book and did much of the production and quality-control editing):

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HOUSTON — (Sept. 11, 2009) — The IFMA Foundation is pleased to announce a new publication detailing how facility professionals can immediately cut operating costs, institute sustainable building practices and gain a voice in the strategic facility decisions made within their organizations.

Cut it Out: Save for Today, Build for Tomorrow is an 11-chapter quick-reference guide focused on efficiency and featuring distinguished authors from organizations such as Jones Lang LaSalle, SCAN Health Plan, iNPOINT Advisors and the Work Design Collaborative.

The new book will be formally unveiled during a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. during the International Facility Management Association’s World Workplace 2009 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. It has been produced in partnership with Steelcase, JohnsonDiversey, Acuity Brands and other industry-leading companies.

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The Future of the Job Market is Not What You Might Think

Just found out about a good article in The Futurist magazine about the future of the job market. In the current economy we’re all concerned about creating enough jobs to get back to something resembling full employment. But given the demographics of the work force, employers who think long term may have a very different challenge ahead of them.

This isn’t new news, but it does serve as an important reminder:  ignore demographics at your peril. [continue reading...]

The June Issue of Future of Work Agenda

[This newsletter was emailed to registered subscribers on Sunday evening, June 7. We are reproducing it here for your convenience. The newsletter is also available through our website at this link. You can subscribe to the newsletter here; we produce 11 issues a year, every month except August. The newsletter is free and will remain so as long as possible.] [continue reading...]

The June issue of Future of Work Agenda is Now Available

We’ve just posted the online version of Future of Work Agenda for the month of June.

We will be emailing the newsletter to all subscribers later this evening (it’s free – you can register online here), and posting a complete version here on the blog as well. [continue reading...]

May Issue of Future of Work Agenda newsletter

[This newsletter was emailed to registered subscribers on Sunday evening, May 3. We are reproducing it here for your convenience. The newsletter is also available through our website at this link. You can subscribe to the newsletter here; we produce 11 issues a year, every month except August. The newsletter is free and will remain so as long as possible.] [continue reading...]

The May Issue of Future of Work Agenda is Now Available

We’ve just posted the online version of Future of Work Agenda for the month of May.

We will be emailing the newsletter to all subscribers later this evening (it’s free – you can register online here), and posting a complete version here on the blog as well. [continue reading...]

Happy Earth Day

This is a day to celebrate our progress towards a sustainable future and think hard about how far we have yet to go. As I said here almost two years ago, “The Future of Work Will be Green.” I may be an eternal optimist, but I do believe we’re making progress.

There’s an intriguing story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle (“Net tool tracks carbon footprint by ZIP code“) describing a new web application developed by Cisco Systems. [continue reading...]

Recession-Proofing against the Uncertainties of Today’s Job Market

[This post was submitted by Jonathon Papp of CSN Stores]

One major characteristic of the current economic crisis is the large number of layoffs that are occurring. Traditionally during recessionary times layoffs were not nearly as widespread, and when they did occur they were generally restricted to manufacturing jobs and other sectors that could easily be outsourced.

White-Collar jobs were mostly left intact, because most companies were afraid that those jobs would be difficult to replace once the economy rebounded. However, these days even the largest and most successful corporations are willing to take that risk because the current credit liquidity crisis makes it more important than ever to cut costs, and layoffs are unfortunately seen as the most direct way of doing so.

So this brings up the important question: is there any way to “recession-proof” a career?

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We are the World

Our feature article in the April issue of Future of Work Agenda was all about communicating effectively, particularly with clients and customers, but generally with everyone.

As we said there:

Communication (one of the most basic of human activities) is the social glue that binds people together in groups, teams, and communities. And when effective, it is a two-way street. It is the process by which we build trust, understanding, respect, and empathy. It’s trite only because it’s true: business relationships don’t go anywhere or produce mutual benefit without effective communication.

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Want to Jump-Start the Economy? Send Everyone Home

Well, maybe not that easy. But also not that surprising.

I just received a press release from Kate Lister and Tom Harnish of Undress4Success about a new telecommuting calculator and analysis they’ve just completed (Undress4Success is both their website and a new book due out within a week or two).

Here’s their lead:

San Diego, CA (USA), March 10, 2009—A new Telework Savings Calculator shows that U.S. companies alone could add over $260 billion a year to their bottom line, and consumers could collectively save $228 billion—that’s between $2,500 to $11,000 a year each. Uncle Sam could save another $14 billion. How? By sending people home.

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