Ben Waber on New Ways to Track Productivity

To increase productivity, how many seats should be at the cafeteria table? Before the best answer was a guess or simply “who cares?” However, in an increasingly knowledge-work and collaboration focused world, factors like who you sit with at lunch and who you chat with in the hallway start to matter. Ben Waber has devised a new and possibly controversial system that will keep track of these unofficial meetings that actually lead to greater productivity and innovation.

Ben Waber is President and CEO of Sociometric Solutions, a management services firm and a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab. He has consulted for industry leaders such as LG, McKinsey & Company, and Gartner on technology trends, social networks, and organizational design. He is the author of a new book entitled, People Analytics: How Social Sensing Technology Will Transform Business and What It Tells Us About The Future Of Work.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:

*How to Turn Data into Compelling Visual Presentations
*Improve Your Analytical Skills: Making Information Work for You
*Building Better Work Relationships: New Techniques for Results-oriented Communication

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:

*People Styles at Work…And Beyond, by Robert Bolton & Dorothy Grover Bolton
*How Great Decisions Get Made, by Don Maruska
*The Art of Connecting, by Claire Raines & Lara Ewing

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