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President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors just released the Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility , a timely look at the American workplace. Finally we have recognition from the highest office in the nation of the fundamental shift in the composition of our workforce and a dramatic shift in when, where and how people perform work.

The advancement of technology enables this societal changing truth: Work is an activity, not a place or a time.

Once we free ourselves from the old view of “going to work” and “nine to five” and replace these with just “work”, tremendous possibilities arise: Physically handicapped people aren’t forced to commute to an office, and can prove productivity dependent on their minds; a global talent pool becomes available, not just those within a 90 min commute; a mother can now work when it suits her family, not during some artificially prescribed “work day”; we start measuring results and stop measuring effort; we start becoming leaders of geographically distributed teams and stop managing by walking around.

Workplace Flexibility, and all this term stands for, provides a tremendously positive economic impact. The report mentions several important benefits, including reduced absenteeism, lowered turnover, improved worker health and increased productivity. I submit there are additional, measurable benefits based on another fundamental truth: Workplace Flexibility creates Office Vacancy. So much so that the average actual occupancy of office space between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm is 30% to 50%, resulting financial, energy and sustainability benefits:

  • 12.5 B sq ft of office space in US at 50% vacancy leaves 6 B sq ft of unoccupied space every day.
  • At $60 per sq ft, this leaves $360 B wasted on unused real estate
  • The 2007 US Dept of Energy Data Book equates this to an annual energy waste equaling 1.5 Quadrillion BTU’s (1015) and the annual carbon released totaling 48M Metric Tons unnecessarily

All these benefits come when Workplace Flexibility is managed and measured properly. Read more about Why Now is the best time to think about a Flexible Workplace. Then visit our website to find out how we can help you leverage Workplace Flexibility to improve productivity, profitability, sustainability, and business resiliency. 

 

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To maintain safety for employees and comply with the law, phone systems must support emergency response and E911 legislation. What, if anything, will organizations have to do to meet these requirements when they replace handsets on desks [as part of traditional or VoIP phone systems] with soft phones [voice over laptops] or cell phones?

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