What constitutes an “Alternative” workplace? The term can cast a wide net of descriptors, but according to Advanced Workplace Associates, it translates to “The combination of non-traditional work practices and settings and locations that supplement or replace traditional offices.” AWA recently released the study “Alternative Workplace Strategies Report,” which pulled together data from over 130 organizations across the world and 2.3 million employees. The purpose of the report was to “Benchmark” workplace strategies and practices and monitor trends. Increasing productivity and saving money are still the main drivers for implementing alternative workplace programs. Organizations are increasingly handing more control of alternative workplace programs over to real estate and facilities management. Employee involvement in the planning and implementation of alternative workplace programs is decreasing, as the programs grow in size. “As an industry we need to improve our focus on better evaluating the business and employee benefits of these programs, concentrating on the core values these programs deliver and worrying less about what they look like.” – Chris Hood, research lead and director at AWA. Read the full report here.
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