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6 Powerful Benefits of Great Office Design

The benefits of well-designed workspaces impact not only existing employees but the talent companies hope to attract, as well. For job seekers navigating a marketplace crowded with options, including the increasing lure of the "gig economy," people want to know they're valued, that their wellbeing is considered and that they can be comfortable and productive at work. Many of these elements are influenced by culture and

By | April 11th, 2017|Workplaces|

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Office Workplace

These days, it's not only media headlines imploring companies to improve their workplaces — facilities managers, designers and company leaders are seeing the connection between work and the workplace and taking steps to tighten that connection. Research supports this move, proving that great spaces and workplace culture are critical for maintaining employee engagement — something with a direct impact on both talent attraction and

By | March 21st, 2017|Workplaces|

5 Office Design Trends to Boost Happiness and Productivity

Business leaders, entrepreneurs and human resource professionals agree: Office design can increase happiness and productivity. At a minimum, workplaces should be comfortable and functional. At their best, they should be authentic places that help people stay engaged, remain productive and thrive. The 360 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace found the most engaged and satisfied workers are also the most

By | March 7th, 2017|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

How to Design Your Office for All Personality Types

Designing office spaces for a range of personality types doesn't have to be overwhelming. Companies today are seeing the value of intentionally designed spaces and know that creating meaningful and functional offices matters to employees. So how can you make sure that everyone feels at home in the workplace, no matter what their personality? The first answer is to foster a culture of authenticity and

By | March 2nd, 2017|Workplaces|

How to Design your Office for Authenticity + Comfort

People crave authenticity and comfort, and increasingly, they're expecting the workplace to match the warm vibe they experience at home. Fortunately, there are easy ways to achieve this — and more importantly, solid reasons why it matters. The Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace found the most engaged employees worldwide are also the most satisfied with their work environment. So while some view

By | February 28th, 2017|Workplaces|

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|

Why Adding Personality to the Office Boosts Engagement

The office does more than provide a place to work — it can also deeply impact your mood and your productivity. Employees who have control over their workspaces are happier, healthier and, ultimately, more productive, says Meredith Wells-Lepley, Ph.D., senior research associate at the Institute for Workplace Innovation in Daily Worth. Whether they share an office or enjoy a private office, employees need

By | February 2nd, 2017|Productivity, Wellbeing, 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 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace," which surveyed over 12,000 people on ideas surrounding engagement, disengagement and

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|
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