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Our collection of news on the workplace is focused on those trends that facilitate more innovation and productivity and are therefore more valuable. We are interested in the overlap with sustainability and the impact on future office demand.
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Plants in offices make workers happier, more productive

Plants in offices make workers happier, more productive | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
A long-term study of real-life situations finds introducing plants into otherwise lean work environments increases productivity by 15%, in line with studies carried out in labs.
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Indoor plants are known for adding aesthetic value and helping to improve air quality.  Now, a new study shows that putting plants in offices also leads to increased productivity for workers. 

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Google-ize your office and be more happy (and productive)

Google-ize your office and be more happy (and productive) | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Paying attention to space and light is the key to a better environment, writes Jurica Dujmovic.
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With natural light for all office spaces, floor plan layouts designed to dissipate noise, and over 400 themed spaces, Google's Dublin campus has an ideal productive and fun work environment.
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Co-working spaces launch 'passport' for entrepreneurs

Co-working spaces launch 'passport' for entrepreneurs | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs could work from more than one co-working space with new passport program.
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'Passport' is a great pit stop for mobile professionals on the go to get work done and be productive, but what makes it unique is that other like-minded professionals share nearby open work spaces, which creates an environment conducive to networking and sharing ideas. 

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The Plan: GLG’s Innovative New Offices

The Plan: GLG’s Innovative New Offices | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Since GLG moved into its two-floor, 64,000-square-foot office at 60 East 42nd Street early last month, the 245 employees in the one-on-one professional learning firm’s New York City headquarters have enjoyed an office with a full-service barista bar, 33 conference rooms named after historical figures and a ping pong table for active five-minute breaks. Dennis O’Brien,…
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Wow, check out this creative floor plan. 33 conference rooms means you'll probably never have to worry about finding a conference room for meetings!

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Wow, check out this creative floor plan. 33 conference rooms means you'll probably never have to worry about finding a conference room for meetings!
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The Modern Office: How Place and Space Affect Productivity ...

The Modern Office: How Place and Space Affect Productivity ... | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
According to Duffy and Tanis, traditional office spaces are “more capable of suffocating initiative than of stimulating invention,” and they worked toward building new physical spaces that gave employees “the maximum freedom to use all their...
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Brooklyn Boulders' Active Collaborative Workspace Reinvents the Office as Physical Playground

Brooklyn Boulders' Active Collaborative Workspace Reinvents the Office as Physical Playground | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Despite the first part of their name, Brooklyn Boulders is a Massachusetts-based organization that runs the oddest co-working space we've ever seen. Their Active Collaborative Workspace has got the desks, tables, counters, couches, lounges and Wi-Fi you'd expect, but it's located atop an enormous climbing wall in a 40,000-square-foot "hybrid climbing facility." While workspaces have traditionally been about focusing on tasks, either alone or with others, the ACW is designed with physical distractions aplenty: Standing-desk-height counters are topped with
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10 Office Design Tips to Foster Creativity | Inc.com

10 Office Design Tips to Foster Creativity | Inc.com | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Furniture maker Turnstone toured the country's coolest firms for ideas on how to design spaces that encourages creativity and collaboration (without breaking the bank). Related Links Links: World's Coolest Offices What makes a cool
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Forget Cubicles: This Office Replaces Desks With A Giant Rock To Climb

Forget Cubicles: This Office Replaces Desks With A Giant Rock To Climb | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
With nooks and crannies to help you get creative with your positioning, you'll no longer have to choose between sitting or standing while you work. (Do you think sitting/standing in different positions will help productivity?
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What Virtually Every Woman You Admire Thinks About Working Mothers #FastCompany

What Virtually Every Woman You Admire Thinks About Working Mothers #FastCompany | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

What happens when you gather just about every influential woman together to talk about working family issues? 


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Flexible work schedules work well for men as well as women.

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Kate Lister's curator insight, July 22, 10:46 AM

My favorite is this from Madeline Albright: "Women can do everything, they just can't do it all at the same time."


I'm always troubled when flexibility is tied to women/mothers because it wrongly makes a "women's issue," and that often polarizes the reaction. Regardless of age and gender, we all need and want workplace flexibility.


Having said that, this article is well worth reading. 

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Bipartisan Energy Codes Bill Promotes Energy-Efficiency Savings for All

Bipartisan Energy Codes Bill Promotes Energy-Efficiency Savings for All | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
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A bill was just introduced to the House of Representatives pushing for energy code requirements to have a 10-year payback period limit.  Meaning if the Dept. of Energy requires certain energy efficiency measures in commercial or residential buildings, then those measures will have a 10-year payback period or less!  Let's hope this becomes law so that everyone can feel greater certainty about the effectiveness of energy-efficiency regulation.

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Top 10 Trends Influencing Workplace Design

Top 10 Trends Influencing Workplace Design | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
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As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify

As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work? Because today's businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex -- and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. So, he says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit's warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for "smart simplicity." (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.)
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Empathy seems to be the overall rule

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Working It: Rockwell's NeueHouse is More Club Than Office | Projects | Interior Design

Working It: Rockwell's NeueHouse is More Club Than Office | Projects | Interior Design | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
All the world’s a stage to David Rockwell, who has spent a lifetime studying how people move through spaces. The Interior Design Hall of Fame member, also a Tony Award–nominated set designer, believes that interiors should be theatrical.
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Collaborative offices create need for private workspace

Collaborative offices create need for private workspace | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Research in office design has shown a need for quiet spaces
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Open spaces can be effective for collaboration, but there also need to be some 'quiet' spaces in the floor plan where it's less busy and individuals can get away to focus.  These 'quiet' spaces don't necessarily need to be fixed in nature; they can be created as needed by temporarily partitioning off designated areas in a variety of ways. 

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Companies like Google, Linkedin turn office spaces into happy zones for their employees

Companies like Google, Linkedin turn office spaces into happy zones for their employees | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
NEW DELHI:You go to work in offices that house a Taj Mahal-like setting that changes colours, meeting places built like a railway coach or an Ambassador car, a work area designed like a Las Vegas...
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I'm not sure this appeals to everyone but "friendly" is good.

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Forget the workplace … for now

Forget the workplace … for now | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
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New report from JLL is worth a look.

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Avoiding The Digital Dustbin: 4 Ways Collaborative Workspace Drives Innovation

Avoiding The Digital Dustbin: 4 Ways Collaborative Workspace Drives Innovation | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Collaborative workspace has become a crucial spur for innovative thinking and competitive agility. Research from Steelcase confirms 4 innovation drivers that can prevent your company from landing in the digital dustbin.
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Interesting collaborative workspace study.  Four innovation drivers are discussed, with examples from Google, Facebook, Groupon, and Whirlpool. Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Labs, an early example of a successful innovative and collaborative workspace, is also explained. 

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Interesting collaborative workspace study. Four innovation drivers are discussed, with examples from Google, Facebook, Groupon, and Whirlpool. Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Labs, an early example of a successful innovative and collaborative workspace, is also explained.
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Some Green Practices Improve Employee Productivity - AZoCleantech

Some Green Practices Improve Employee Productivity - AZoCleantech | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Commercial real estate services firm JLL created a program and online tool called Green + Productive™ Workplace to find out, which ties green office space investments to employee productivity gains. ...
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France | country | Office Design Gallery - The best offices on the planet

France | country | Office Design Gallery - The best offices on the planet | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
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CBRE Report Download | The Evolving Workplace: How U.S. Office Space is Changing

CBRE Report Download | The Evolving Workplace: How U.S. Office Space is Changing | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
* A successful workplace strategy provides employee choice in workspace options and delivers a solution that is custom fit for the company, its business and its employee culture.





* While in the office, people spend less than 50% of their workday at their desk; the majority ...
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nice to see all the major firms put out research on this

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Excellent debrief on the: IFMA Foundation Workplace Strategy Summit 2014

Excellent debrief on the: IFMA Foundation Workplace Strategy Summit 2014 | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
  "Not managing facilities. Enabling communities" Melissa Marsh. #IFMAsummit14 On June 10th I found myself with the privileged ‘final word’ at the IFMA Foundation’s Workplace Strategy Summit 2...

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Everyone wants to know if better work environments produce more rent per unit of space.  That makes sense but we have no empirical tests yet.

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Kate Lister's curator insight, July 21, 10:44 AM

If you weren't among the attendees at the Workplace Strategy Summit held in the UK this June, don't miss this terrific summary by @IanEllison. 


Also check out: 

http://bit.ly/1o0fyAK - an article we did for [url=/u/2462256 x-already-notified=1]Work Design Mag[/url]

http://bit.ly/1o0iugM - Work&Place magazine's entire issue dedicated to the Summit


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Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature

Penda designs flexible bamboo hotel to connect guests with nature | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Design collective Penda has developed a concept for a flexible, portable hotel made from rods of bamboo, designed to bring guests closer to nature.
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One of the most ecologic and flexible hotel in the world. 

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Canadian High Tech Firms

Canadian High Tech Firms | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
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Goodbye suburbs, hello downtown for high-tech firms

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Next-Generation Intermodal Facility | NAIOP

Next-Generation Intermodal Facility | NAIOP | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
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State-of-the-art intermodal facilities are all about increased efficiency, productivity and connectivity.  This has a direct impact on moving products or people from one mode of transportation to another, but it also has the potential to provide greater connectivity to surrounding businesses making them important factors to the office sector.

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THE WORKPLACE The office of the (not-too-distant) future - Director magazine

THE WORKPLACE The office of the (not-too-distant) future - Director magazine | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
THE WORKPLACE The office of the (not-too-distant) future Director magazine We asked experts to highlight what some of the most progressive businesses are doing to revolutionise the traditional office environment, and to reveal what intriguing...
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