How to Design a Creative Brainstorming Space in the Office

In today’s competitive marketplace, creating a culture of innovation has become more important than ever. While most know the importance of innovating, many struggle to proactively plan for it – especially when it comes to office design. While it's great to encourage employees to collaborate and brainstorm together, workplaces must provide creative brainstorming spaces where they can effectively innovate. Collaboration zones

By | February 9th, 2017|Startup Culture, Workplaces|

How to Choose the Right Coworking Space for You

Looking for a coworking space that's right for you? With over 10,000 coworking locations globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas and knowledge, the options are many — which means you may have some work to do to decide which one's right for you. Coworking is appealing to startups, small businesses, freelancers, creatives, and remote workers.  Spaces come in all shapes and

By | February 7th, 2017|Startup Culture, Workplaces|

Conference Room Not Working? 5 Ways to Reimagine It

Big celebrations, company-wide announcements and executive meetings are popular examples of when conference rooms are used. But too often, and increasingly, 2 or 3 people book these rooms for private meeting spaces, creating a shortage of reservable spaces and fueling the race to find available conference rooms. Sound familiar? If you've experienced this in your own workplace, here's what to do about it:

By | February 1st, 2017|Workplaces|

Bring Your Favorite Place to the Office

A lounge chair by the fireplace. The local bar. Your home kitchen. These are some of our favorite places — places that remind us of good times, relaxing and enjoying life. They encourage authenticity and bring us together to build relationships. So why not bring those favorite places to the office? Designers like myself believe building relationships in the workplace follows the

By | January 10th, 2017|Workplaces|

Should You Say No to Networking?

Sometimes it’s hard to say to say no. I should know: 2015 was my year of no. I said no to everything from business networking events to meet-ups and conferences. I even said no to continuing to work out of a co-working space, as I was singularly focused on getting a book deal. This project required my undivided attention, so

By | December 15th, 2016|Workplaces|

8 Ways to Make Your Office More Inviting

The winter months remind us that warm, comfortable and inviting spaces matter — and we're not just talking about your living room sparkling with holiday cheer. The workplace needs warm, comfortable places, too. They convey a sense of home and safety, allowing us to tap into our best, most authentic selves. As the lines between work and home continue to

By | December 8th, 2016|Workplaces|

4 Reasons Why Choice + Control Matter in the Workplace

In the world of office design, providing workers with choice and control over where and how they work is critical. Incorporating a variety of settings, styles and postures to choose from is essential to wellbeing and employee engagement. Steelcase recently released "360 Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace," which surveyed over 12,000 people on ideas surrounding engagement, disengagement and the

By | November 18th, 2016|Workplaces|

How to Brand your Workplace in 6 Easy Steps

If culture is the inward expression of a company, branding is the outward demonstration of a company's DNA.  Branding and culture exist side-by-side, so having a branded workplace is vital to defining that culture. A branded workplace should support business goals, attract and retain talent, improve productivity and encourage collaboration. But branding a space goes beyond simply adding a logo; it extends

By | October 21st, 2016|Workplaces|

Food Is the Way to an Employee’s Heart

>Small companies are taking a page out the employee benefit playbook of tech companies by providing free drinks and snacks to employees. Silicon Valley has lots of dough to provide free food throughout the day —  including meals— but chances are that’s beyond your budget.  Luckily, you can design a program that meets your budget and is a good investment.

By | October 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Office Culture Need Help? 10 Things to Watch for — and Fix

Office culture is a big deal, and getting it right is an even bigger deal. Forbes contributor Josh Bersin suggests that culture is the hottest topic in the business world, and Deloitte's 2016 Human Capital Trends research reports that employee retention is hitting a crisis point, largely dependent on the fickle but all-important intersection of engagement and a diverse, compelling culture. With culture dominating headlines and

By | September 27th, 2016|Workplaces|

4 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

According to a Global Coworking Survey, the coworking industry has quadrupled during the last 5 years. Coworking spaces now number more than 10,000 globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas, knowledge, and of course, space. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the best one for you will depend on your particular working style. Looking for a new place for you and

By | September 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

“Let the Light In” to Boost Happiness + Productivity

Office workers exposed to more light at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois. Other research finds that access to natural light makes employees not only happier, but more

By | September 15th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Stand Up in the Office To Boost Wellbeing

“Is sitting the new smoking?” asks a headline in Forbes. Martha Grogan, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and others think that too much sitting is as bad for your health. Standing desks may or may not be the cure, but these desks have other important benefits. I spoke with Jennifer Carpenter, of Jennifer Carpenter Architect, who designs workspaces for corporations and

By | September 13th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Why Free Food Isn’t Really About Food at All

Entrepreneurs looking to foster startup culture know a thing or two about great perks like free food. Hoping their "if you build it, they will come" attitude will draw talented rock stars, they splurge on organic treats and beer on tap. But much like families who eat dinner together at home, founders know that food provides more than nourishment: it's a reason to connect. Here's what (free)

By | August 30th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Want to Boost Innovation? Make it Easier for your Team to Connect.

Workplaces everywhere are setting the stage for innovation by placing renewed emphasis on developing startup culture through team building, great perks and inspiring workplaces. At the core of these efforts is the recognition that social interactions and organic connections cultivate a collaborative culture that can lead to creative thinking. With intentional planning and thoughtful design, workplaces can take steps to promote the kinds of natural interactions needed for

By | August 16th, 2016|Workplaces|

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