The Workplace Is Changing Thanks To Tech

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As little as five years ago, most workplaces and office spaces were still stuck in the past, all but using Spinning Jenny’s to get things done. But fast forward to now and buzzwords like virtual spaces, voice control and virtual reality technologies are no longer things you’d find in the Minority Report but everyday additions to the modern world. 

How The Physical Environment Impacts Employee Experience

by Jacob Morgan via INC

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The right physical workspace can help us feel more creative, engaged, and connected to the company we work for.  It comprises 30% of the employee experience. It's no secret why our physical space matters: we all want to spend our workdays in environments that energize and inspire us. Great physical environments act as positive symbols and representations; poor physical spaces act as negative ones. 

The Importance of Movement in the Workplace

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Today’s office workers have the tendency and ability to be more sedentary than ever before thanks, in part, to advancements in technology, transportation, and entertainment. Research studies calling attention to the negative health implications of prolonged seated postures are simultaneously timely and terrifying.

Open-plan office design is ripe for reinvention

by Helen Berresford via Property Week

 Image courtesy of Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images

Image courtesy of Shutterstock/Monkey Business Images

There is no doubt that open-plan design has helped create more collaborative and less hierarchical workplace cultures. However, the proliferation of open spaces needs careful stewardship, because without this, we are in danger of creating spaces that are out of touch with the individual and the pace of the changing corporate world.

What your office tells you about your company's culture

by Ben Edwards & Sol Sender via Quartz at Work

 Image courtesy of Reuters/Noah Berger

Image courtesy of Reuters/Noah Berger

The next time you get into the office, take a good look around. What are the characteristics of your space? How does it make you feel you should behave? Who do you think it was built for? What kind of activities do you think it was designed to support? Like it or not, workspace design betrays a company’s culture. It also has the power to shape it.

Create a happier, healthier work environment with office plants

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93% of their life indoors. For times when it’s impossible to get outside, indoor plants offer an easy, inexpensive way to bring the beauty of nature right into your office. In addition to the earthy atmosphere they create, plants provide a host of benefits for both employees and employers.

How Designers Are Turning to Nature for Subversive Solutions

by Aileen Kwun via Metropolis

 Image courtesy of Diana Scherer

Image courtesy of Diana Scherer

These aren’t myths of alchemy, but lo-fi, logistically strategic responses that critically underline an array of natural materials that are routinely overlooked or discarded as part of industrial design. And why shouldn’t our objects be environmentally digestible, like the other earthly elements that keep us alive? Through alternative methods of material sourcing, this crop of makers demonstrates that industrial processes are in need of reevaluation, increasing the appetite for designs that, like us, eventually turn to dust.

6 Easy Tips That Will Make You More Productive in the Morning

by Lolly Daskal via Inc.com

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Time is non-refundable, use it with intention. And in today's world, it means successfully fighting the distractions of emails and texts and news alerts and social media. This article gives six productivity tips that are easy to implement, focused on helping you minimize distraction.

6 office improvements to promote employee mental health in 2018

by Matt Ferstler via HR Dive

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Many bright-eyed, eager tech startups and coworking companies stepped in and decided to replace the cubicle farms with open floor plans featuring neon wallpaper and cafeteria tables to encourage creativity and collaboration. And while open offices do inspire more creativity than cubicle farms, many employers are realizing that they also can reduce overall employee productivity and feelings of accomplishment.

Office Interiors: Your One Stop for Office Furniture

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Office Interiors is the largest commercial furnishing provider in the region, creating spaces that are engaging, inspiring, and perfectly tailored to our clients’ needs and goals. We believe in providing the best possible service to our clients and constantly striving to provide the best possible work environment for our team members.

3 ways to incorporate flexible working into your company culture

by Elizabeth Basten via Hudson

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Flexible working is not a new concept, but it is often accompanied by the preconception that this arrangement is purely for working parents rushing in from the chaos of the school run. Organisations in today’s new world of work are increasingly embracing a flexible, supportive environment that provides employees from all backgrounds with the opportunity to make meaningful improvements to their work-life balance.

HON Chair Chooser

via HON 

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Your office chair is your most important workplace relationship. No matter where or how you work, HON has the perfect chair to support you. From the workstation to the conference room. The breakroom to the reception area. HON chairs help everyone find more comfort, productivity and happiness. Day in and day out. HON has a helpful interactive tool to help you choose your next office chair, the ChairChooser!

The Science Of Happiness, In Four Simple Work Habits

by JUDITH HUMPHREY via FastCompany

 image courtesy of Andi Rieger/Unsplash

image courtesy of Andi Rieger/Unsplash

According to Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a happiness researcher at UC Berkeley, where she teaches a popular edX course called “The Science of Happiness” and serves as Director of the university’s Greater Good Science Center, we’re all capable of making ourselves happier at work–we just have to, well, work at it.

RESIMERCIAL DESIGN HELPS COMPANY IMAGE AND INCREASES EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY

by Ed Bonner via interiors+sources

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Resimercial design can be useful in helping work settings support how today’s employees operate and in reflecting a company’s culture. American offices no longer need to be defined by cubicles for workers, private offices for managers and executives, and conference rooms for meetings or brainstorms. The Resimercial approach can incorporate various degrees of public, private, and collaborative spaces.

SurveyMonkey designs HQ with everything its employees could ask for — because they did

by Nerissa Pacio Itchon via San Francisco Chronicle 

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Unlike other tech firms, the modern 200,000-square-foot interior that houses 400 of its 700 global employees was designed almost entirely using employee survey feedback. Every detail, from the office chairs and wood finishes to the unconventional conference-room names and the height of the restroom stall dividers, says Porter, were gleaned from surveys.

5 Office Design Trends for 2018 We're Excited to See

by Jeff Pochepan via Inc.

 image courtesy of Scott Webb/Unsplash

image courtesy of Scott Webb/Unsplash

From recreating the comforts of home to virtual reality advancements, five key trends poised to take off in the modern workplace next year. The theme for 2018 office design is "vitality:" taking the office space beyond being a place we simply tolerate to becoming a place where we feel re-energized and full of possibility.