Should Benching be Included in Your Office Design?

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Aug 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM

In the world of sports, “benching” happens when a player earns the ire of his or her coach and is told to take a seat vs. get in the game. Fortunately, things are a lot less confrontational and controversial in the office design world!

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Topics: Open Offices

3 Office Design Questions to Ask for Optimal Employee Communication

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Aug 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

While customers and cash flow are said to be the “lifeblood of business success,” it goes without saying that effective employee communication is not far behind. Indeed, everything from productivity, performance, customer service, quality assurance and brand reputation trace back to strong internal communication — or in some unfortunate cases, the lack thereof.

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Topics: Office Design

3 Benefits of Including a Break Room in Your Office Design

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jul 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In ancient times — so we are talking before the 1990s or so — break rooms were standard office design features. True, some were better and bigger than others, but it was rare to work at or visit an office and not encounter a designated break room, usually stocked with a couple of gigantic vending machines, some plants, and of course, everyone’s least favorite break room element: “the unlabeled lunch bag in the refrigerator that someone forgot.”  

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Topics: Office Design

What Should Millennial-Friendly Office Design Look Like?

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jul 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Millennial-friendly office design is an approach that reflects and enhances the workplace values that are important to the group of workers that fall into the Millennial cohort (generally viewed as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s), and which now represents the largest demographic in the labor market. According to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Pew Research Center, there are nearly 54 million Millennials in the workforce, and the numbers continue to climb.

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Topics: Collaborative Workspace, Office Design

What is Authenticity-Centered Office Design?

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jul 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

On today’s business landscape, it is common to hear businesses of all sizes — from small startups to large enterprises — emphasize their commitment to “authenticity.” For example, they tout their systems, practices, protocol and policies that support transparency, visibility, fairness, ethics, employee engagement, environmental responsibility, and giving back to the community.

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Topics: Collaborative Workspace, Open Offices

Should Your Office Design Include Glass Wall Systems?

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jul 11, 2017 2:00:00 PM

An increasing number of businesses in all sectors and industries are choosing glass wall systems instead of cubicles or walls for their office design configuration. In this article, we will focus on some of the benefits and limitations of this option for office design.

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Topics: Collaborative Workspace, Office Design

4 Office Bathroom Remodeling Best Practices

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jun 29, 2017 2:30:00 PM

While it may not be as “high profile” as the corporate boardroom, the fact remains that a functional and employee-friendly bathroom is not just an important piece of the office design puzzle: it is pivotal!

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Topics: Office Renovation

Office Design Best Practices for Creating Break Rooms

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jun 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you are planning to include a break room in your office design, then be assured that this is a smart decision. Indeed, far more than just “nice-to-haves,” break rooms are strategic investments that have been shown to improve employee productivity, quality, performance, engagement, and even recruitment and retention.

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Topics: Office Design

Do's and Don'ts of Choosing Ergonomic Office Furniture

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jun 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Choosing ergonomic office furniture for your environment can significantly improve worker health, safety, productivity and performance. What’s more, it can also help make you an “employer of choice” when it comes to recruitment and retention, which is particularly valuable in marketplaces where the battle for top talent can be even more intense than it is for customers!

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Topics: Collaborative Workspace

4 Ways to Optimize an Open Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jun 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Open offices might be the most polarizing concept in the office design world. Some businesses love the approach and point to numerous advantages. However, some other businesses are left scratching their heads wondering where all of the benefits are and what the hype was all about.

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Topics: Open Offices, Office Design