What are the best examples you know of workplace innovation?

January 30, 2013

There are two things we know for sure about the future of work:

  1. It will be more distributed and mobile; and
  2. It will be more collaborative

Those two trends create some interesting and important tensions; they are not incompatible, but they do point in different directions.

I'm gathering examples of innovative workplaces and work programs for a talk I'll be delivering in March to a group of senior workplace executives. What organizations do you know of, or are you part of, that have developed interesting and effective new ways of working?

I'm interested in any or all of the following:

  • creative and exciting design (physical, social, technical)
  • flexible work programs (e.g., work from home, telecommuting, remote teams, etc.)
  • supporting distributed teams
  • managing the mobile workforce

I know that covers a very wide range of workplaces and work programs, but I'd love to hear from you about which organizations are out in front of the pack.

What have they done? Why? What impact has the innovation had on costs, talent attraction and retention, and on workforce productivity? What stumbling blocks got in the way? What challenges did they overcome?

I will be more than happy to give you credit in the presentation, as I always do. Thank you in advance for your advice.

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Jasper Welch January 30, 2013 at 6:30 pm

We own and operate a coworking community in Durango, CO. DurangoSpace LLC opened about 2 years ago (February 2011), and we presently have about 35 active members and many more casual or part-time members. Some of our ideas and learnings are posted on our blog http://durangospace.com/blog In addition, we serve 5 subcultures: 1) remote workers (live in Durango, work for company HDQ elsewhere), 2) independent professionals (biz broker, consultants, attorney, insurance broker, etc), 3) geeks, software developers, coders, web gurus, 4) creative types: graphic designers, illustrators, videographers, web designers, 5) mobile workers And members of virtual teams (working across the boundaries of space, time & organizations). Jasper Welch

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turcq January 31, 2013 at 8:07 am

Please share your results when you have got them, I organize a workshop in Paris on that subject and would love to benefit from your analysis
Dominique

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Konstantinos I. Stouras September 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

Hi, could you share your examples from your March presentation? This is a very important research topic! Thank you very much in advance, Konstantinos

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