New Ways of Working Identifies Trends in Latest Alternative Workplace Benchmarking Survey

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New Ways of Working,® (NewWOW), a research consortium focused on alternative workplace (AW) solutions, today posted an executive summary of the results of its 2011 Benchmarking Study. The survey examined how leading organizations around the world implement, manage, and profit from alternative workplace practices, settings, and locations.

This is our third round of benchmarking, and by comparing successive studies we are beginning to see trends more clearly including a rapid increase in the rate of adoption of alternative work practices.

New Ways of Working's Alternative Workplace survey found that more and more companies are shifting to a more informal approach to workplace programs. Analysis of the survey results revealed six major trends characterizing the modern alternative workplace:

1.    AW adoption remains high.
2.    Organizations are shifting to more informal workplace programs.
3.    Assigned seats are shrinking.
4.    The impacts of the recession are still strong.
5.    Cost is the key driver of alternative workplace implementations, while people issues remain main barriers.
6.    Management practices are shifting to support more flexibility.

According to NewWOW’s Director, Jim Creighton, “This is our third round of benchmarking, and by comparing successive studies we are beginning to see trends more clearly including a rapid increase in the rate of adoption of alternative work practices. We invite more companies to join our benchmarking study in 2013, so that we have even stronger data on which to base business decisions.”

Download a copy of the executive summary: New Ways of Working in the Post-Recession Economy: Results from New Ways of Working’s 2011 Benchmarking Study. The executive summary includes several graphs from the larger study, key trends and lessons learned. It may be downloaded for free at http://www.newwow.net/node/3695

Plans for 2013
NewWOW is preparing to launch the 4th edition of the survey in early 2013. Organizations interested in participating in the study should contact Jim Creighton, email: jim.creighton@newwow.net to obtain a survey invitation. Study participants will receive a detailed report of the survey results.

About the survey
The benchmark survey was conducted online in June and July 2011. One hundred forty three respondents completed the entire survey, while 74% of them had an AW program (formal or informal) in place. These respondents represented many Fortune 500 and 100 companies.

NewWOW’s study was made possible with financial or consulting support from VTT, the Technical Research Center of Finland; Lienhard Office Group, Switzerland's leading office solutions company; Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), a European Center for research and education; Better Workplace, a software as a service solutions provider for more intelligent and flexible workplaces; and Haworth, a global leader in the design and manufacture of office interiors and adaptive workplace environments.

About New Ways of Working Network
New Ways of Working Network is a research consortium of thought leaders from companies and academia exploring new ways of working such as distributed work (telework), environmental sustainability and work, cross-cultural work, innovation and productivity. For more information on New Ways of Working, please visit http://www.newwow.net

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