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S.M.A.C. Talk - Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud the podcast launched in 2014 and over those 4 years hosts Daniel Newman and Brian Fanzo have covered topics that included Big Data, Digital Transformation, Social Selling, Data Center Migration, Millennial Marketing, Digital Marketing, live streaming video, customer experience and everything else impacting today's technology world.

SMACtalk became much more than just a podcast as every episode is live streamed via Facebook Live and Periscope while also going live to technology events such as Mobile World Congress, IBM developer conference, CES, SXSW, HP Discovery, SAP Sapphire and other technology events.  Past sponsors of the podcast include IBM, SAP, SAP Store, Avnet, Adobe and currently Cisco.  

Hosted by Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz and Daniel Newman @DanielNewmanUV

If you want to have SMACtalk live at your event like Dan and Brian did at Superbowl 50, HP Discover, SAP Sapphire


Jan 27, 2015

Millennials Want Flexible Work.. Is your Company Ready? #SMACtalk

On this episode Brian and Daniel discuss flexible work and really question what is holding business and leaders back from implementing this.  They also cover the role trust plays in companies implementing a flexible working environemnt and the impact millennials are making by factoring in if a business cares about their quality of life when it comes to where and who they want to work for.  

Show Notes;

Millennial Leadership

Working 9 to 5 ---  Who said 9 to 5 is the most productive and optimized times to work?  Is there reason or is it the status quo only because it’s the way it’s always been.   

Startups and innovative companies today are looking at the role or departments function to decide if flexible work hours is a good fit.  Brian shares his experience with software developers, heavy travelers and non customer facing employees.

Could we ever move away from 9-5 work week?  Why or Why Not? What technology would need to exist for flexible work hours to be the common theme rather than the benefit certain innovative startups offer.  

Millennial Mindset is discussed as Brian & Daniel discuss it’s more about the connected generation that wants to make a difference and there are plenty of people that they work with in their 40’s and 50’s that have more of a millennial mindset than most 25 year olds.

What impact does trust play in companies allowing employees to work from home or work with flexible work hours?  Because someone works in the office does that mean the brand or manager has more oversight on how productive an employee is?

What will happen when a majority of forturne 500 companies have millennial CEO’s?

Can today’s leaders TRUST the connected generation:

Do Social Media interruptions when working from home make you less productive than those who have to work with noisy employees, water cooler discussion office environment.


Are Millennials willing to work more hours a week if the company allowed them to work from anywhere?  

Basically if you trust the employee they’ll give you more value...

You no longer need to be an entrepreneur or work at a startup to work from home but what is required for a business to give this option to employees.

Does an employee's commute play into a managers decisions of letting someone work from home.

Do Businesses Care about Employees Quality of Life?

Wait did flexible work from home conversation just offend our listener base?

If our listeners took this podcast to their bosses and got them to embrace work from home would people not have wasted time to listen to our podcast?

When did technology become good enough that working from home was productive and realistic?

  • Technology has allowed this since early 2000….
  • The trust in technology and technology at home being the norm has made this more optional for everyone!
  • Cloud Computing has enabled scale of software and solutions eliminating many of the technology excuses brands used in prior years.
  • 1 in 5 Millennials do 100% of their social, web and work from only mobile devices.

Shouldn’t leaders be asking themselves…

  • How do we keep our great talents?
  • What ways can we empower them and trust them so they are most productive?
  • If we embrace Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud can we make our work environment more produtive while at the same time improving our employees quality of life?

Daniel shares his great business idea:

  • Gamification of Remote Work?  Is there an app that allows leaders to monitor and understand how productive remote workers are?
  • Do we want people to work a specific 40 hours of the week or do we want them to work the most productive way possible?
  • Leaders and businesses would be surprised how many currently employees would be willing to supply data so it could be monitored and with that data the manager and leader could find new ways to make you and the business more productive.

We talk Yahoo's decisions to eliminate the option to work from after monitoring employees VPN’s.

If you trust and empower your employees to have option of how, when and where people work…

It’s about creating a culture for the BEST work environment which includes work from anywhere or everywhere!

Discuss the responsibility Millennails have in a business becomeing a social buiness and what that role looks like in making Trust & Work From Home work!

Something Brian reminds all who work from home: 

Don’t be Out of Sight & Out of Mind!

Conference Call in Real Life Video Daniel Mentions:

Odesk study Daniel References:

In the end the question becomes...

If companies trust technology and trust employees then they must find ways to make flexible work an option for all employees as the focus shifts from, this is the way we've always done it, to what can we as a business do to increase our employees quality of life and make them more productive which in turn will provide more value to the business and allow the business to attract and retain those with a millennial mindset!