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We talk a lot about what it means to be modern workplace here at AskCody. We’re always taking a microscope to the latest office trends so we can figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what it would take to make something that doesn’t actually work. You follow?

There are plenty of movements in recent years that have totally flipped corporate culture on its head. I don’t need to tell you about the death of the cubicle farm or the rise of the WFH wave. But as we’ve written about before, what works for one company (or even one department), does not necessarily work for all.

The key is be able to respond intelligently and thoughtfully to the flexibility that today’s workforce craves without letting the office slide into a free-for-all of open spaces, zero privacy, and a frustrating search for open resources.

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These days, every smart business has their eye to the future. Not just for goal-setting, benchmarking, and bottom-line growth, but for cultivating the type of office environment that serves as a lasting space for attracting top talent and allowing workers to flourish. 

We’ve gone in depth with our own 10 steps to creating tomorrow’s future workplace today, which you can read about in one of our recent blog posts. With the right amount of planning that focuses around an understanding and appreciation of the way your employees work best, you don’t have to invest millions into creating the type of future workplace that rivals that of Google or Facebook. The future, after all, is all about people. 

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Shopping for any enterprise software solution can feel like a monumental task. Often, by the time it gets to the point where a company is willing to entertain the idea of software as a solution, there are so many problems stemming from a particular way of doing business that it’s hard to determine where to even begin. Add cost to the equation any new technology will likely be expensive and the pressure of finding the right solution is enough to make any evaluator go running for the hills. 

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Today's companies must think beyond just competitive salaries and generous benefits packages to attract top talent. The modern office environment has become the de facto face of the companies that workers are competing to enter. But businesses need more than modern furniture, open concepts, and cappuccino-slinging baristas to ensure the face of the modern company isn't just a facade.  

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IoT: The buzzword of the decade. 

After years of talk, the Internet of Things (IoT) is more pervasive than ever. It’s in our homes, our cars, and now our offices. And it’s going to continue to grow in ways we haven’t yet even imagined. You don’t have to look too far into the future to see the increasing prevalence of IoT throughout modern workplaces. 

What does that mean for the modern office? How can data collected via IoT help employees improve productivity? Will it improve conveniences and employee satisfaction? How can we leverage IoT to get deeper insights into how the workplace is utilized? 

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Teams, the new hub for collaboration in the modern workplace, also works with AskCody

 

This year, Microsoft launched Microsoft Teams. A platform that's truly redefining teamwork and collaboration in the modern workplace, integrating all business critical tools into one shared platform, that all employees can access and use, with the same ease of use as Facebook Messenger, Slack or other conversational interfaces. 

But, Teams is not just yet another Chat App. It's "Collaboration 2.0", and with the new announcement for this year's Ignite, Teams is going to have a significant impact on teamwork in the modern workplace going forward.

As Microsoft put it: "Microsoft Teams is now the hub for teamwork in Office 365. Going forward, Microsoft Teams becomes the core communication and collaboration client for Office 365".

Teams will, therefore, have a huge impact on how you book and schedule meetings.

Superhero. Police officer. Firefighter. Service member. Meeting room hero? If you're reading this blog post, your childhood dreams of heroism aren't as far off as you might think. Here are our three steps to becoming the hero of meetings by eliminating tediousness and boosting productivity for all. 

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As a CIO, CTO, or Director of IT, balancing your company’s immediate needs with its long-term growth is paramount to success, but one of business’s greatest challenges. Complicated questions arise, such as whether you should invest aggressively in long-term initiatives or take a less expensive and more conservative approaches. 

A common piece of this puzzle is the “build versus buy” question that many companies face when addressing their long-term software needs. In other words, does an out-of-the-box solution address all of your company’s unique needs, or do you need a customized solution that is designed specifically for your organization?