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What replaces the water cooler in a hybrid team?

Prominent leaders are concerned about the impact of remote working on their team culture: “Maybe we are burning some of the social capital we built up,”  said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last year. Closer to home, I hear a consistent comment from leaders and their teams about a major downside of remote working – they

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Decent work is worth striving for

Having a bad day? You’re not alone. Seven out of ten of your peers are also having a bad day at work.  In my life, I can think of at least three times when an accumulation of bad days has started me re-considering my commitment to my employer.  You start thinking “Is it worth all

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This is why a large government employer decided to work with us

https://youtu.be/ggMOBiSE4AM Leaders now have an opportunity to redesign their workplace to suit a new way of working.  It’s also clear that if leaders don’t face this challenge they will see productivity challenges and empty offices.  One of our current clients came to us because their current workspace felt like an expensive waste of resources –

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What employers are saying right now about their workplace challenges

https://youtu.be/dFFNPfOe6RY Listening to CEOs and business owners, we are hearing that new ways of working have brought in some workplace issues.  One of the biggest challenges CEOs are facing at the moment is the variety of ways that staff work. The situation is no longer simple. People have different needs and their work situation is

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Another year like this won’t do

Will this year be like last year? At the end of 2020 you probably heard this so often – “Hopefully it will be a better year next year”. So as 2021 has kicked off, people everywhere are anticipating a return to some sort of normal.  However in late January this year Telstra CEO Andy Penn

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This client wanted a collaborative workplace

https://youtu.be/p8U_L2rPwfw In 2021, employers are seriously rethinking their workplace strategy. I am hearing it everywhere.  There is a costly inconsistency between newly mobile, remote, flexibly working teams and the current fixed, inflexible office spaces that many employers find themselves in.  People are coming into the office and finding it half empty, and less fit for

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Workplace wellbeing hack for challenging circumstances

https://youtu.be/PO4O_EEkOMw Conditions in our teams can sometimes add to our negative stress. You might be in a difficult season or have a tricky personality in the team. There could be a clear misalignment. Perhaps you need to make a major strategic shift and you’re concerned about the impact on the team. Perhaps your team members

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Behind the scenes at Transformed Teams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-abfLP_GE&t=22s Hi, my name is Nina Fountain and I am the Founder and Workplace Strategist at Transformed Teams.  I have never done an ‘insider tour’, so it seems like it was about time.  Our global team We have an amazing global team, we work internationally between the USA, New Zealand and recently the UK. And

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Not all workplace transformation specialists are alike

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss2HFZwcZOY&feature=youtu.be If you are looking to create a workplace that is a cut above, you need to know the role of a Workplace Strategist. Not all Workplace Strategists are created equal. What is a Workplace Strategist? 2020 and beyond is the time of the Workplace Strategist. This person brings together insights across property, technology and

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Remember these keys to success when reconfiguring your office space

https://youtu.be/lz8mYfrVUEg Many large employers are reconsidering the physical layout and features of their office space. People have shown that working from home can be more productive, so why would we dampen that productivity? Why wouldn’t we instead make it easier to use the office for collaboration, and the home office for concentration?  The Harvard Business

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How to keep teamwork strong after a long time working remotely

https://youtu.be/pUcvEbhZ2ew “I already feel uncertain about my team working flexibly and remotely. How can I manage more remote working if that happens?” You might be thinking that you were just lucky to get through the last six months with an intact team. Perhaps some of your team members were more productive working from home, and

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Three best practices for communicating change effectively

Change is inevitable for remote teams. Teams that show the most adaptability and resilience in moments of change share one common quality: clear, consistent communication.  Your challenge is to adapt to the evolving landscape of remote work, supporting your team as they adjust to necessary changes. It won’t always be easy. A McKinsey study has

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You don’t need a flexible work policy, you need this

One of the most popular enquiries I received from my network during COVID-19 was for advice on flexible work policies. Leaders wanting to adjust to the times said “We need to update our flexible work policy.” For sure – the last thing you want is a policy that falls over. But there’s a secret that

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