Our weekly roundup of workplace news from around the web.
According to Fast Company, “[a] Gallup poll published this month called ‘State of the American Workplace’ found that 43 percent of employed Americans worked remotely last year at least some of the time. Moreover, both the length of time working remotely and the number of employees doing so full time has been growing every year. (This is up from 39 percent in 2012.) Thanks to the new digital nomad economy, it’s easier than ever to work remotely for the rest of your life or for an hour; from a tent on the Masai Mara or from the Starbucks around the corner.”
Science of Us shares a design hack to makes for a friendlier workplace: “[T]here’s a fairly simple way for offices to foster conversation social interactions between colleagues (one that, thankfully, doesn’t involve goofy icebreakers or team-building exercises): Put them higher up off the ground, whether that means standing desks or just taller sitting desks.””
“Burnout is claiming victims at work, and companies aren’t ready to cope,” saysWSJ. “An always-on work culture, combined with feelings of job insecurity and directives to do more with less — even when business is booming — has driven workers to the breaking point, they say. And the problem appears to be worsening, resulting in steep turnover and health costs.”