Do You Fit the New Workplace Model?

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Where's your workplace?

Our work lives are moving at breakneck speeds. The push for more productivity and to do more for less is overwhelming all our teams. It seems that the only thing that stays the same is that the pace of change is increasing geometrically.

Fast Company magazine devoted its January issue to the secrets of productivity. As part of this topic they also did a survey of their community to understand how they handled the crazy demands of our daily life. Fast Company polled more than 250 managers and asked the following questions:

Where’s your office?
In this survey the vast majority work in a corporate environment, but there is a significant increase in home and other working spaces.

Corporate office 71%
Home office 23
Co-working space 4
Other 2

It’s also interesting to note that while working at home is increasing, one-third of people in the west work from home, while only one-eighth from the northeast do.

Are you a coffee addict?
Do you use coffee as your “activator?” See how you compare:

4 cups or more 11%
3 cups a day 17
2 cups a day 26
1 cup a day 24
I don’t drink coffee 22

What working habits make you productive?

In this survey many respondents cited either that “taking breaks” make them most productive, but the majority stated that they are “always on” constantly working and checking email.

Work in spurts 42%
Always on 60

Are you distracted by social media at work?

There is a wide discrepancy between age groups. Do you follow the norm?

20-somethings 7%
40-somethings 12

How good are you at work-life balance?

Americans are terrible about taking vacations and this survey proves that this has not improved. More than half take fewer than 14 days annually.

Less than 7 days 18%
7 – 14 days 35
15 – 21 days 32
More than 21 days 15

And to make matters worse, when Americans do take vacation 69% of them check in with the office.

Are you keeping healthy by regularly working out?
The survey asked respondents whether they worked out every day.

People in the south 25%
People in the northeast 3

Do you get enough sleep?

More than half the people in the study got between 6 and 7 hours of sleep per night. How do you compare?

8+ hours 5%
7-8 hours 26
6-7 hours 51
Less than 6 hours 18

It was interesting to note that 20-somethings make sleep a priority.

In bed before 11 50%
7-8 hours of sleep 43

So how do you compare? I find it fun to see data like this because I always get questions on what is everyone else doing. So look at the data, see where you fit and determine whether you like what you see.

DianeWekler-sml-for-postsDiane Weklar, the Authority on Accelerating Business Growth, is the CEO of the Weklar Business Institute. She is the author of the award winning book, Mastering the Money Maze: 10 Secrets to Winning Business Financing,which is also an Amazon #1 Best Seller. This book provides practical insight to build a successful business and the practical steps to raise capital to help your firm grow. She can be reached at


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