Investing In Your Talent

Investing In Your Talent

Office design is all about opportunities. And one of the best things about opportunity is innovation. Investing in your talent by utilizing the natural agility of design has come into the workplace as one of the unsung heroes of office design. The very nature of corporate environments has been changing and becoming more fluid and conversational. Work is no longer confined to one space or one desk all day long. Collaboration has become the essential component to corporate success and office environments have evolved to encompass endless possibilities for people to connect.

With these trends in mind, and talent recruitment and retention still a high priority, how does your office design support more collaborative activities? Do you need more definition within the spaces that your team utilizes the most? How can you use these trends to build trust in the most effective way and drive up engagement levels?

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The Free-Range Workspace

Office design, like any corporate endeavor, is about change and evolution. The constantly changing dynamic of work is the driving force behind the exciting office design trends and developments we blog about. Coworking spaces boomed in 2018 and continue to influence office design for talent acquisition and retention. The free-range workspace was inspired by the best of the coworking environment combined with the wide-ranging options of open plan office design.

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The Right Culture For Attracting & Keeping Top Talent

Attracting and keeping top talent is as competitive as ever with the multitude of options available to highly skilled job seekers. Flexible opportunities, remote working and the perks of an intention-driven workforce are forcing the change. Competing for talent in this environment requires businesses to understand a new generation of workers that want the benefits of the job to coincide with their values. Creating an attractive space for recruitment requires managers to think outside the traditional box and carefully consider the perks their company can offer to entice top talent into their team.

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Is The Open Plan Office Destroying Workplace Culture?

What if your office suddenly went from private to out in the open? What would be the biggest change you could imagine from the open office experience? How would you prepare and adapt your tasks? This begs the question: is the open plan office destroying workplace culture? A hundred questions and scenarios could begin coursing through your brain about coping in such an exposed situation where productivity is still paramount. In its effort for progress, it is becoming quite clear that the collaborative culture may have derailed itself with distraction.

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Evolutionary Workspaces That Transcend Generations

Office design is a multi-faceted endeavor. Not only is it beholden to the current trends in hospitality/home design, consumer behavior, well-being, and technology, it is bound to the work culture present at any given time within the office. This information drives the product design process that ultimately redefines how you work. As workspace generations constantly evolve and change over the life of your business, keeping the culture vibrant and collaborative by design remains the foundation of great office design.

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Benching Systems: The 21st Century Workbench

Workbenches for craftsmen have been around for centuries. You can find them in 19th-century photos of labs and factories. Thomas Edison had dozens of them for his workers. While cubicles and more traditional desks were the dominant work surface of the 20th century, the need to maximize office space and foster a collaborative environment, as well as the overall practicality of the design, means that the workbench is back.  Most people call these modern workbenches “Benching Systems.”

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Walter Cronkite Prescient About Home Office of the 21st Century

On the March 12, 1967 episode of the CBS show “The 21st Century” Walter Cronkite – arguably America’s most famous news anchor – gave a tour of what the home office of the 21st Century might be like.  The Cronkite home office furniture was oddly like the modular offices of today, with electronics on all surfaces. These devices resembled today’s computer monitors, both in looks and the data people would peruse from their desks – news, weather, stock reports.  His last words were that “with equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work; the work would come to us….. and no home would be complete without a Computerized Communications Console.”

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