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Axellium Newsletter - May 2016
Welcome to the May 2016 edition of the Axellium newsletter.

Concerns for productivity and efficiency are nothing new. As illustrated in one of the articles below, Winston Churchill himself was sufficiently concerned with (and affected by) inefficiencies in communications that he issued a directive to his staff on how to shorten memos. Then as now, the issue was about getting the point across as quickly and efficiently as possible to improve productivity.

Today, we face this issue on multiple fronts, striving to be efficient and to the point, while at the same time looking to engage and stimulate. This is in part why audio and video continue to gain ground at the expense of the written word. The ways in which we communicate affect everything from employee engagement, to the way the workplaces of the future will be designed and organized. Facilitating efficient communications will continue to be a driving success factors in the future, for companies and government entities alike.

Happy readings,

The Axellium team.

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Feature Article
7 Fascinating Employee Engagement Trends for 2016
By David Mizne, 15Five

According to Bersin by Deloitte, "employee engagement has become the top issue on the minds of business leaders, directing us to an entirely new model of management". But what does employee engagement even mean?

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What Churchill Can Teach You About E-mail Efficiency
By Daniel Senter, Process Excellence Network

I recently was reminded of great advice offered over 70 years ago, but still relevant today: "To do our work, we all have to read a mass of papers. Nearly all of them are far too long. This wastes time, while energy has to be spent in looking for the essential points."

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Feature Article
How to Manage the Nuances of Succession Planning
By Lauren Dixon, Talent Management

Succession planning is one of the most integral parts of business management. It is also one many companies neglect, as firms often leave the process to only its highest positions and rely largely on back-of-the-envelope candidates for consideration.

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Feature Article
For Social Media Marketers, Facebook Produces the Best ROI
By eMarketer

Nearly all social media marketers worldwide believe Facebook produces the best ROI and is essential to social media marketing success, a March 2016 survey revealed.

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ULX: The Eclectic Tech Workplace
By Ron Nyren, Urban Land Institute

Since the first dot-com era, technology firms have rewritten the rules of workplace design, eschewing traditional office towers in favor of renovated warehouses and shrinking individual desk space to make room for more collaborative areas. Today's tech companies increasingly internalize the mix of uses found in cities, incorporating elements as varied as cafés and vegetable gardens.

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Feature Article
Zuckerberg sees 'better than human' AI in next 10 years
By Martyn Williams,

Mark Zuckerberg expects artificial intelligence will progress to make computers better than humans at basic sensory perception within the next 10 years, and that Facebook will end up knowing a lot more about you than it does now.

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