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Entries in organizational culture (33)

Tuesday
Jan202015

How people approach work: The end of sitting

Our work environment is a critical component of corporate culture, so I was very interested to read about an attempt to develop a new office concept, one that takes a recent trend to new limits. This conceptual office lacks chairs and traditional desks; instead the office is made up of faceted three-dimensional geometric shapes on which workers can stand, lean, perch, or even lie down. As profiled in Fast Company and DesignBoom, "The End of Sitting" is part art installation, part psychological study.

Standing desks have gained new popularity as research has found strong correlations between sitting for long periods and poor health. But standing is just one component of this exploration, and the effort is to look beyond individual health outcomes to see how a chair-free office would affect the way people interact with each other. 

Though the study is not complete, its creator states that participants report feeling more energetic after standing/leaning in the labyrinth than they do in traditional office settings, despite more leg soreness. How this energy might translate into new ways of thinking and levels of performance is the key cultural issue: Does removing the option to sit down change the way we think and work?

-- Bojan Angelov

Tuesday
Jan132015

Unilever, corporate purpose, and becoming an employment magnet

Forbes recently pointed out that when LinkedIn reported its list of "the most sought-after employers in the world" a few months ago, the companies in the #1 and#2 positions were predictable: Google, followed by Apple.

Unilever came in at #3, however, ahead of some of the usual suspects. Unilever CEO Paul Polman is convinced that his company, which draws about two million job applicants annually, has turned into a magnet for recruiting and retaining workers because it is considered a place of purpose. Under Polman, Unilever has stopped reporting its quarterly profits, and it resists giving earnings guidance to financial analysts. His own compensation is tied to how well the company is tracking against its long-range sustainability metrics.

--Laurent Larguinat

Thursday
Jan082015

Behavioral economics for consumer insights, digital currencies, and corporate culture in job transitions: Catalyst weekly briefing

Each week we are scanning the horizon for interesting content on topics we like that we will post for your reading pleasure. These may be items that we agree with, or not, on issues that touch in some way on what we are working on in our labs. We hope you enjoy them, and that they provoke discussion and additional thought.

The full briefing, with abstracts and links to original sources, is available here.

IN THIS ISSUE

» MUTUALITY LAB

  • Digital currencies will be the disruptive innovation of 2015: Walter Isaacson

  • Collaboration needed between Western volunteers and those they are helping abroad

  • Farmland assets offer incentives for investors willing to overcome barriers

    » CULTURE LAB

  • Executive Coach Ed Batista provides guidance on transitioning to more senior roles

  • Creative, fun employee manuals used to reach into culture at EF China

    » DEMAND LAB

  • How behavioral economics can give consumer insight

  • Retail loyalty programs dependent on store quality

Wednesday
Dec312014

Mutuality in the workplace, culture & values, consumer demand: Catalyst weekly content briefing

Each week we are scanning the horizon for interesting content on topics we like that we will post for your reading pleasure. These may be items that we agree with, or not, on issues that touch in some way on what we are working on in our labs. We hope you enjoy them, and that they provoke discussion and additional thought.

The full briefing, with abstracts and links to original sources, is available here.

IN THIS ISSUE

» MUTUALITY LAB
•         Higher wages and better jobs support company growth: MIT Research
•         Digital India and empowering citizens and businesses: Microsoft CEO and Indian PM
 
» CULTURE LAB
•         The benefits of company culture integration during acquisitions
•         Values, Millennials and the modern workplace
 
» DEMAND LAB
•         Software CEO relates how the IoT can change the value chain for manufacturers
•         Market adoption of in-person mobile payments expected to reach $34B by 2019: Forrester

Tuesday
Dec232014

Weekly Content Briefing, December 23rd

Each week we are scanning the horizon for interesting content on topics we like that we will post for your reading pleasure. These may be items that we agree with, or not, on issues that touch in some way on what we are working on in our labs. We hope you enjoy them, and that they provoke discussion and additional thought.

The full briefing, with abstracts and links to original sources, is available here.

IN THIS ISSUE

» MUTUALITY LAB

  • Western world should have looked to fiscal policy, rather than QE measures to fix economy: Richard Koo, Economist

  • Despite global pact to enforce climate control, opposing forces remain

» CULTURE LAB
  • Creating a culture of agility helps companies prepare for disruption

» DEMAND LAB

  • Understanding, adapting to customers in the digital era

  • Using translators to bridge strategy with analytics to get the most out of big data