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Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Workplaces need more walls, not fewer.
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One size does not fit all... the best office design would take into consideration of the type of work to be done (collaborative or focused work) and individual preferences (introverted vs. extroverted). A "palette of presence" (per Steelcase) is a good approach to designing an optimal workplace. 

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How To Design An Office That Actually Makes You Better At Work

How To Design An Office That Actually Makes You Better At Work | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Forget all the crazy offices designed to make employees more creative. In reality, you only need a few simple things for everyone to get the most out...
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The Exeter Blog » Not a smarter workplace, but a smarter worker

The Exeter Blog » Not a smarter workplace, but a smarter worker | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Published data can demonstrate how a rich design template such as those employed at Google or Microsoft has ― over the past ten years at any rate ― always been quantifiably and significantly better than a lean equivalent.
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Design for the sake of design does not work, people should be the focus in any office design. 

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How To Design Your Workspace To Encourage Positive Emotions At Work - Fast Company

How To Design Your Workspace To Encourage Positive Emotions At Work - Fast Company | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
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Emotions are, after all, a vital part of who we are and what we bring to the workplace. If we're happy, relaxed, ...
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How To Design For Human Nature

How To Design For Human Nature | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
David Lai of Hello Design has one mantra: Keep it simple, stupid.
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How To Design For Human Nature. Apply these principles to design great #employee #experience 

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Infinite Desk Keeps Office Employees In Constant Communication [Video] - PSFK

Infinite Desk Keeps Office Employees In Constant Communication [Video] - PSFK | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
The Barbarian Group's new office features a wave-like table that serves as a work area for all the company's employees.
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The Barbarian Group's office is taking the open-office concept to the next level. What do you think of this continuous flowing desk concept? Would this concept work in your company?

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Cisco’s Cool Offices In San Francisco

Cisco’s Cool Offices In San Francisco | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
After Cisco – one of the world’s biggest corporation that designs and sells networking equipment – acquired Wi-Fi firm Meraki, it needed a larger office for new employees.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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An open workspace with some private pods is the trend of workspace design today.

 

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Lola Ripollés's curator insight, January 24, 2014 5:44 AM

A new approach altogether! I loved them.

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The Death Of The Office: What Happens When The Workspace Is Mobile, On-Demand And All About Networking

As work becomes more flexible and communication more mobile, the office is turning into an increasingly complex and even abstract concept. As we look to the future, we have to ask: Will the workplace be on-site at our employer’s property, or on-demand at a collaborative space? Or will work simply be a mindset independent of place or time of day?

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Increase innovation and collaboration by embracing flexible workspaces and workplaces.

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Steelcase's Anthropologist On Remaking Offices To Create Happier Workers

Steelcase's Anthropologist On Remaking Offices To Create Happier Workers | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it

It's the job of Donna Flynn, who directs Steelcase's WorkSpace Futures, a 19-member independent research group within the global office design...


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Pi Wen Looi, PhD.'s insight:

I like the idea of balancing group "we" time and individual "I" time when collaborating with a distributed group of people. You need the face-to-face time to build trust, which is the foundation of any great collabortion and teamwork.

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4 Ways to Map Your Office Design to Your Company Culture

4 Ways to Map Your Office Design to Your Company Culture | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
The 712,000-square-foot Deloitte University (DU) facility in Westlake, Texas, was once a controversial project.
Some didn’t believe that the forward-thinking accounting company should invest significant resources in a non-virtual campus.

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Pi Wen Looi, PhD.'s insight:

Many knowledge workers work virtually or collaborate with their colleagues virtually. However, there's significant value to have face-to-face meetings and interactions, especially if you want to develop your leaders. Deloitte University created a high-tech, high-touch, socialable space where their associates come together to learn and network with each other. 

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Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to Aon Hewitt

Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to Aon Hewitt | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to Aon Hewitt (Employers' Environmental Initiatives Impact Employee Engagement, According to Aon Hewitt http://t.co/c0ZNNgw0qG...
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Being green has its payoff.
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Office Design Gallery - The best offices on the planet

Office Design Gallery - The best offices on the planet | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
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more inspiring offices and workplaces from around the world.

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Rebalancing the Workplace—A Preview of the 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey - Workplace Strategy and Design - Gensler

Rebalancing the Workplace—A Preview of the 2013 U.S. Workplace Survey - Workplace Strategy and Design - Gensler | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it

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Workplace design should include both open spaces and private spaces for the different types of work employees perform in the office. 

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5 Ways Green Office Design Also Makes Workers Happier And More Productive

5 Ways Green Office Design Also Makes Workers Happier And More Productive | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Daylight and a not-freezing office will make it easier to focus. Luckily, they'll also help your employer reduce its carbon footprint.
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Natural lights, optimal temperature, and open spaces with options for quiet times are key design elements for creating a workspace that increase employee productivity and collaboration.

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17 Employee Engagement Lessons from Game of Thrones

Is your office turning into King’s Landing every Monday morning? By now it doesn’t even matter if you’re a Game of Thrones fan or not, your employees most probably are.

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84 Businesses Honored as 'Best for the Environment', For Creating the Most ... - CSRwire.com (press release)

84 Businesses Honored as 'Best for the Environment', For Creating the Most ... - CSRwire.com (press release) | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
84 Businesses Honored as 'Best for the Environment', For Creating the Most ...
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... goal: to redefine success in business.
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8 Of Google's Craziest Offices

8 Of Google's Craziest Offices | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office's foosball table was cool.
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Why It's Time to Redesign the Way We Think About Office Space

Why It's Time to Redesign the Way We Think About Office Space | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
New workplace trends include movable walls, outdoor spaces and sometimes no office at all.
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Why The Hotel Lobby Is The Office Of The Future - PSFK

Why The Hotel Lobby Is The Office Of The Future - PSFK | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
The hotel's public spaces can be being dynamically redefined to meet the needs of the untethered workforce of modern professionals.
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With people increasingly on the move, why not make use of the hotel lobby to get some work done while waiting for your friend or before the cocktail hours? #workplace #future

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Reworking Work – Herman Miller

Reworking Work – Herman Miller | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
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New workplace design is about fluid connectivity, inside & outside of the office.

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Gensler's US Workplace Survey on workplace design

Gensler's US Workplace Survey on workplace design | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
The trend towards open-plan offices is leading to declining performance among workers, according to the a new workplace design survey by architects Gensler.
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Creating a flexible workspace or workspaces where workers can work collaboratively and privately is key to improving employee performance. 

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One Workplace Headquarters by Design Blitz #design

One Workplace Headquarters by Design Blitz  #design | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it

The One Workplace Headquarters project was  a unique opportunity for both One Workplace and for Design Blitz. One Workplace is the largest furniture dealer in Northern California and the single source for Steelcase furniture in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ambitious directive was to re-define the architectural standard not only of the company, but also of the showroom experience itself and create a bleeding edge, world-class workplace that serves both employees  and customers alike.  One Workplace had already shifted the industry paradigm of sales and showrooms away from a transactional experience to one of collaboration and partnership. This leadership position makes One  Workplace a formidable client partner,  and the next iteration of their corporate headquarters needed to embody this innovation and  progression.  No  longer a static showroom, the working showroom needed to demonstrate what is  possible when great minds come  together within the context of a multi-disciplinary design lab.


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A very good example of how workplace design impacts creativity and collaboration.

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Workplaces of the World

Workplaces of the World | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
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A lot of cool and open workspaces on this pinterest board. Many of these offices have colorful furniture, high ceiling, open meeting spaces, couches, and private booths. Pinned: Skyped office, Google, Selgas Cano Architecture in Malaga, Spain; and Red Bull office in London. 

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Top 20 Most Awesome Company Offices - How To Make Money Online

Top 20 Most Awesome Company Offices - How To Make Money Online | Workplace Design and Employee Engagement | Scoop.it
Businesses these days, particularly those who make their money on the internet, seem to be paying much more attention to their staff and work environment, so that they can really get the most out of them.
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Here are some fun and inspiring offices around the globe. There is a trend for companies to move to an open workspace concept, which facilitates accidental meetings that spark conversations. Browse through the photos and see how you might borrow some of the concepts featured here and adopt them for your workspace. 

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new bk: Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration (9781118143728): Scott Doorley, Scott Witthoft, Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, David Kelley: Books

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"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide a collaborative environment that will bring out the best in people, you will want this book by your side at all times." --Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

 

"Make Space is an articulate account about the importance of space; how we think about it, build it and thrive in it." --James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase


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