We still display status in office design, but in new and subtle ways

There was a time, not so long ago, that one of the most important factors to consider when designing an office was the corporate hierarchy. The office was once the  embodiment of the corporate structure. In Joanna Eley and Alexi Marmot’s 1995 book Understanding Offices, quite a lot of space …

How to Use TypeScript to Build a Node API with Express

Like it or not, JavaScript has been helping developers power the Internet since 1995. In that time, JavaScript usage has grown from small user experience enhancements to complex full-stack applications using Node.js on the server and one of many frameworks on the client such as Angular, React, or Vue. Today, …

How the 21st Century office was born in post war Europe

There was a curious addition to a 2016 report on the Top 10 Technologies Driving the Digital Workplace from tech researchers Gartner. It wasn’t a technology at all but rather a slightly obscure office design concept that originated in Hamburg in the late 1950s, but which tells us a lot about how …

5 Disruptive Digital Marketing Trends You Can’t Help But Adapt To

The average millennial customer has access to a million choices of products and services. Mobility, cloud, social and eCommerce have radically changed the way businesses interact with customers. Powering all these transformations is digital marketing. It has surfaced as a mandate that all businesses, irrespective of their size, domain and …

Facebook retargeting: How to retarget website visitors with Facebook Ads

More than 50 million businesses use Facebook Business Pages to grow their audiences. It makes sense since over 2 billion people use Facebook every month. But with the changing algorithms and all the competition (including baby pictures, engagement announcements, politics and happy cat videos), business owners like you need more than …

Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Accountant

If you’re a small business or sole trader and you’ve spent hours adding up your end of year accounts, filled out boring tax returns or have had the monthly grapple with payroll, you’ll know that tax can be taxing. As a small business owner or individual freelancer/contractor, the chances are …

Productivity decline linked to poor employee financial wellness

Almost all (98 percent) employers believe that their employees’ financial wellness has a direct impact on productivity and their business performance – especially concerning employee productivity (67 percent) and engagement (62 percent). This is according to the Future of Pay research study (registration) by technology firm ADP, which surveyed 4,000 …

Office design should take account of the quality of interactions as well as quantity

Ever since technology first made it possible for people to work remotely from their colleagues, there has been speculation that the physical office could be dispensed with entirely; and with it the idea that people should come together to work in the same place at the same time to achieve …

What Richard Dawkins can teach us about ergonomics and the value of pain

In his book The Greatest Show on Earth, the evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins devotes a section to the biological rationale for pain. Although this is an ethical issue as far as humans are concerned, and most of us might think it’s one thing we could easily do without thank …

Venture capital investment for women: 5 female-focused firms to follow in the South

My final post in the women-focused venture capital firms series features venture capital investment firms in the Southern United States. I’ve covered women-led VC firms on the East Coast, West Coast and Midwest. Venture capital investment for women: 5 firms to follow in the South Here are five standout female-focused …