How Smart Organizations Set Up Successful Work From Home Programs

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As I write this blog (from the local Starbucks), many parts of APQC’s hometown of Houston are still working to recover from Hurricane Harvey, an incredibly destructive Category 4 storm that hit Texas and Louisiana in late August 2017. This storm was considered a flood disaster, dumping a total of between 40 and 50 inches of rain in southeast Texas, and inundating many parts of Houston that had never flooded before.

What Generation X Wants from the Workspace of the Future

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Due to their sheer volume in the workplace, we are constantly bombarded with information and analysis about what the Millennial generation (born in the early 1980’s to the late 1990’s) desires in terms of workplace expectations, office environment, norms, and culture. However, there are at least two other generations (Baby Boomers, born in the mid 1940’s to the mid 1960’s; and Generation X, born in the mid 1960’s to early 1980’s) in the workplace today that are largely ignored in terms of all of the attention and hype, but still nonetheless important.

How Binge Watching Game of Thrones Is Like Accelerated Learning

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Like other “Thronies,” I have been eagerly awaiting the premier of Season 7 of Game of Thrones (GOT) which occurred this past Sunday, July 16. But, perhaps unlike other Thronies, I didn’t actually start watching GOT at all until several months ago, necessitating cramming in content from the first six seasons (or 60 episodes total), in about three months’ time.

5 Ways To Better Knowledge Management Blog Posts

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We were recently treated to a departmental meeting featuring a guest speaker, our own boy genius Ralph Marlbrough, APQC SEO and social media manager, talking to us (by request) about how to write a good blog.

For Change Management To Work The Reason Must Be Compelling

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Earlier this month I spent a week at the Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues, held May 10-12, 2017 at NRG Center in my home town of Houston, Texas. The session bills itself as “the largest regional conference for HR Professionals on the Gulf Coast, with more than 2,100 practitioners, presenters and providers” and more than 180 concurrent sessions on topics such as Business Management & Strategy, Employee & Labor Relations, International HR, Leadership & Professional Development, Talent Management, and Total Rewards.

What Can Baseball Teach Knowledge Management

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Do you have a child or grandchild who plays competitive sports? If so, then you may be familiar with my weekend world of tournament baseball. For those of you not familiar, tournament baseball is for boys aged 8+. It is the more rabid and expensive alternative to Little League. People pay lots of good money for their sons to go to hours of practice during the week with professional coaches, followed by 2 games that could start as early as 7 am on Saturdays, and if you win on Saturday you could be treated to up to five sequential games starting as early as at 7 am on Sundays.

Importance of Regularly Gathering (and Contributing) Employee Feedback

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Are you a dog lover like I am? I was very intrigued to read a recent article in SHRM’s HR Magazine about the benefits of bringing dogs to the office, something that I certainly am in favor of but our HR director, not so much. According to the recent article from SHRM, a policy of allowing employees to bring their pets to work has resulted in benefits for organizations such as:

Some Great Knowledge Management Books For Spring Reading

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My son is in the 7th grade at Houston’s First Baptist Academy, home of the Warriors, and one of the school’s marketing posters that I used to love walking by in the school hallway was a sign with smartly dressed, fresh-faced FBA students and the caption “Begin Well.” I love this slogan – in only two words, it managed to convey the idea that by investing in your child’s early education at FBA, you are providing him or her a solid foundation to succeed later in life.

What’s Next for Communities of Practice? Participate in APQC’s New Next-generation CoPs Research

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Over the past 15 years, APQC has conducted four large-scale studies on communities of practice and identified dozens of best practices related to building and sustaining effective communities. However, as technology and work norms evolve, we must consider whether classic community structures still deliver the same value they did a decade ago. Do communities retain pride of place in the KM toolkit, or have new tools for enterprise social networking and collaboration shifted the landscape?

Creating Work-Life Balance in 2017

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Perhaps largely due to the nature of their business, professional services firms have high expectations, and consequently some struggles, when it comes to the demarcation of work and home life. Work tends to be ubiquitous, and employees often struggle with guilt if they take advantage of benefits like vacation and personal time off.