Distributed Work: Making Time for Face-to-Face Communication

Author’s Note: While face-to-face communication is currently not necessarily safe, perhaps until a vaccine or effective treatment is found for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s worth contemplating how companies might cope in the near-term future with new organisational and operating structures to take the trend of remote work into account.

Models for Distributed or Remote Work have grown side-by-side with the Digital Age. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has forced a more rapid shift towards distributed or remote work due to stay-at-home orders across the globe.  With ongoing uncertainty caused by this new coronavirus, companies are reviewing whether remote work could be made permanenthoping to leverage potential gains in employee satisfaction, more productive workforces and cost-effectiveness.  Technology companies, such as Twitter and Square, have already announced that employees may continue to work remotely on a permanent basis.  Continue reading “Distributed Work: Making Time for Face-to-Face Communication”

Corporate Sustainability – UN Global Compact

At the turn of the millennium, the United Nations launched the Global Compact, an initiative aimed at encouraging corporate sustainability and social responsibility. While voluntary, it has grown to become the world’s largest such initiative, with thousands of businesses and various stakeholders from nearly every country participating.

The UN Global Compact has two primary objectives. First is to encourage businesses to adopt Ten Principles in the areas of Human Rights, Labour Rights, the Environment and Anti-Corruption. The second is to be a catalyst for the UN’s broader principles, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Continue reading “Corporate Sustainability – UN Global Compact”

Future of Human Well-Being

In the January issue of Nature Communications, two researchers working at McGill University in Canada and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain have used a set of predictors for human well-being to project potential changes in global happiness well into the future. In the past, these predictors have often been tied to economic measurements, such as GDP, household income, unemployment and life expectancy. This new research suggests that several other, more non-material, variables have a greater correlation to human well-being than material values. These include “a relatively greater emphasis on freedom to make decisions, availability of social support, the prevalence of donating and perception of corruption”, according to the report. Continue reading “Future of Human Well-Being”

Agile Software Development – The Manifesto

Agile is often considered one of the most overused words in the Information Technology industry.  It has been variously applied to software development, more generally as a project delivery methodology, and even to the flexibility of an entire enterprise or organisation.  For good reason, however, as Agile is an important framework.  Studying its roots helps to understand this broad usage and why it has expanded to become amongst the most in-fashion mindsets in business for the last 20 years or so. Continue reading “Agile Software Development – The Manifesto”