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“Tell Me When This Really Starts to Hurt, Dear.”

This week I ordered a standing desk. We mentioned these in previous articles and now I have no choice. Yesterday I went to the Doctor’s office because the pain in my left shoulder and neck got to the point that I was cursing even when I wasn’t watching the evening news. Walking back to the examination room I was offered an audition to play Quasimodo in a community theater production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The treatment consisted of a steroid injection in one shoulder and acupuncture treatment in the other. I have an epic pain threshold, but until the nurse told me I was scaring the little kids in the lobby, I was pretty much a whimpering mess. The nurse kept calling me “dear.” As in, “I’m going to keep increasing the pressure, just let me know when it really starts to hurt, dear.” I must have reminded her of her husband Fred, which explains why she chuckled fiendishly every time I said “ouch.” Read more ›

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We‘re happy to announce our new integration between Syncplicity, a Content Collaboration Platform, and Circuit team collaboration. We believe workflow integrations are key elements of successful digital workplace and collaboration strategies, particularly in the enterprise market. CIO, business decision makers and users want to be able to pick and choose tools that meet their individual needs, without sacrificing usability or creating more information silos. Read more ›

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We’ve all endured teleconferences rife with the late arrivals chime, connection drops outs, delays and echoes, and people talking over each other. If we’re really lucky, there may also be unexpected interruptions creating viral fame.

Of course, while there’s usually an element of acceptance with these foibles of remote collaboration, no one needs to become a trending topic because of teleconferencing.

Strategy Analytics predicts that 42.5 per cent (1.87 billion people) of the global workforce will be mobile employees by 2022. There’s not enough hashtags for that level of mobility, so following a few basic etiquette rules will lift your teleconferencing game to expert level. Read more ›

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Letters from the Home Office Vol. 11

It’s Not So Much a Trend as It Is Something that Happened a Lot.

These Letters from Home Office have been focused on productivity for people working at home or in non-traditional offices (I’m talking to the person who sits at a table at Panera Bread to make a conference call on her speakerphone). But it is a good time to point to some trends regarding home/remote workers. A Gallup Poll indicates the number of people working more that 80% of their time remotely has gone from 24% to 31% from 2012 to 2016 (Why Remote Workers are Being Called Back into the Office, by Jacob Passy in Market Watch). However, the same article notes that many large and small companies are pulling their employees back to the office citing productivity decline, dilution of company culture, technical challenges and other issues.

Like so many other trends that seemed inevitable, the concept of remote workers is at least pausing for a moment. That’s okay; I don’t have an iPod anymore either. Read more ›

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Office Productivity Is Down

If your employees are like most, they work fairly long hours. But you can’t assume that just because they’re working more, more work is getting done.

Long hours might mean they love what they do and want to give it their all. Or it could mean their day is full of productivity drains that make everything take longer, which is bad news for both your bottom line and your employees’ frustration levels

According to the Office for National Statistics, full time workers now put in a 42.7 hour week on average in the UK, compared with 41.6 hours across the EU, with only employees in Austria and Greece both putting in a longer working week at 43.7 hours. It’s a similar story across the globe according to Australian Bureau of Statistics, full time workers there put in a 40-hour week on average. And that’s not counting all those unrecorded “I’m just checking my email” moments that are now a routine part of our time outside work. Read more ›

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Avoiding the Disabled List

At some point we are going to start getting interesting data about a new category of work at home injuries. This isn’t about tripping over a power cord or burning out your retinas from staring at a computer screen all day. You can do that anywhere. I’m talking about things like skin conditions from wearing your pajamas all day and all night for five straight days. Or compressed vertebrae from carrying laundry upstairs while holding your mobile phone to your ear with your shoulder. Or, whiplash from trying to get your headset back on to take a call on your computer after you’ve been on a call on your desk phone, home phone, or mobile phone. I actually used to yell “Hold on! I’ll be right there!” when this would happen, as if my panicked voice would carry to the caller in Cincinnati. You finally get the headset on, and answer the call the call out of breath and frustrated, only to discover the person actually meant to call your brother who works for the same company (Okay, that’s a little too specific since this happens to me three times a week, but you get the point). Read more ›

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