Brand, Culture and the Workplace

Brand, Culture and the Workplace

In today’s hyper-connected, ever- flattening world, it’s almost become a question not worth asking. Coexisting in a chicken/egg, yin-and-yang relationship, an organization’s brand and culture shape and reflect each other in an interconnected system. One doesn’t change without the other; they can only evolve together. And the workplace is where it all happens. [Go to […]

How Place Fosters Innovation

How Place Fosters Innovation

Innovation is the “secret sauce” of business success, according to Harvard Business Review.1 Consulting giant McKinsey says that a company’s ability to innovate has become “the core driver of growth, performance, and valuation.”2 Today nearly everyone agrees that innovation is the only way to supercharge an organization and shift it to growth. The ability to […]

How Nature-Mimicking Design Helps Us

How Nature-Mimicking Design Helps Us

New research shows that connecting with nature literally rejuvenates our brains. Clearly John Keats was onto something back in 1817 when he wrote, “Oh, ye! who have your eyeballs vexed and tired/Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea.” Attention restoration theory (ART) helps explain why our brains find nature so refreshing. Our attention comes […]

Design Features and Effective Work

Design Features and Effective Work

The research reveals that an organization can reduce fixed costs by investing to improve meeting space quality (number, size and availability) and effectiveness of administrative reception (concierge) support. To increase employee engagement, organizations can increase the proportion of individual work spaces, assigned workspaces, and quality of meeting spaces. [Go To Full Article]

Seeing Double: The Effects of Multiple Monitors on Productivity

Seeing Double: The Effects of Multiple Monitors on Productivity

Inundated with a continual flow of digital content, people are adding a second or even third monitor to their office to better manage their work. NEC Display has noted a marked increase in multiple monitor use among their customers’ employees—from 1 percent in 2008, to 30-40 percent in 2012. While using multiple monitors increases productivity, […]

Are Gen-Y’s Brains “Modular” or “Unconscious”?

Are Gen-Y’s Brains “Modular” or “Unconscious”?

Many people assume that younger workers can process information in fundamentally different ways than their older counterparts. This paper reviews research relevant to that assumption and explores the association between office design and communication styles. [Go to Full Article]

Designing for Collaborative Learning

Designing for Collaborative Learning

Today, facility managers find themselves under tremendous pressure to reduce real estate costs. At the same time, there is pressure on those whose job it is to think about the future of the organization, stimulate human performance, and boost intellectual capital, creativity, and ideas. We find ourselves headed down a path upon which people are […]

Impact of the Physical Environment on Knowledge Worker Performance

Impact of the Physical Environment on  Knowledge Worker Performance

This paper provides a case study of the design and development of two custom team rooms for Young & Rubicam in Irvine, California. The value impact of these intentionally collaborative environments for the client — although not easily captured by the set of metrics used — dramatically influenced successful communication with clients, overall branding strategy, […]

Herman Miller Work Place Trends

Herman Miller Work Place Trends

The Global Workplace Trends Survey was conducted during the summer of 2012. The survey was completed by 2,475 global facility management (FM) and architect and design (A+D) professionals from four regions and 12 countries including: North America (NA): Canada and the US, Latin America (LA): Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA): […]