Is empathy the missing link in tech integration for hybrid?

Building the hybrid workplace requires technology integrators to pay more attention than ever to human behaviour. Canada’s ET Group is using the principles of design thinking to make empathy central to the development process

Dutch courage: Amsterdam event faces up to the future

The Netherlands has a proud record of piloting new ways of working. How will it fare after the pandemic? The WORKTECH Amsterdam 2022 conference suggested a bright and diverse future

Will the hybrid model really work for older employees?

On the face of it, a more flexible future of work spells good news for older workers. But it all depends on which business sector you work in – and age discrimination is still rife

Extinct: the work objects that become obsolete before we do

Longer working lives will mean that many of the familiar tools and designs around us in the workplace will be retired long before we are. A new anthology explores the process of product obsolescence

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Parameters of productivity: what’s the best way to improve performance?

Raising office productivity in the new era of hybrid working will be a challenge for many companies. Interviews with six global experts for a podcast series presented by Nestlé Coffee Partners suggest how business performance can be enhanced

Autonomous beings: why personal control is key to productivity

People spend far too much time answering to others in endless meetings, says workplace culture expert Bruce Daisley in an exclusive interview with the Smart Coffee Break, presented by Nestlé Coffee Partners

Flatter, faster, fluid: Silicon Valley pilots team-to-team collaboration

New forms of dynamic teamwork will hold the key to future productivity, says San Francisco-based workplace designer Primo Orpilla in an exclusive interview with the Smart Coffee Break, presented by Nestlé Coffee Partners

Why we still need offices: two reasons nobody likes to admit

Is the daily commuter rush into the office now consigned to old movie reels? The challenges of home working, plus our innate human desire to socialise, suggests our reliance on the workplace is not over