What You Needed to Know about the Workplace in 2015

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Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.

To close out the year, we’ve rounded up our ten most popular Expert Insight and Tips & Trends articles published about the workplace in 2015. The stories cover everything from why mindfulness matters at work to what to do in your open office if you don’t like it, and/or how to tailor it so you do. Take a cruise through and arm yourself with the essential workplace insights you’ll need to get a head start in 2016.

10. Is the 100% Unassigned Workplace is a Good Thing?

Death_to_stock_photography_weekend_work-9-of-10-600x400There are so many questions around taking the plunge to a 100 percent unassigned workplace, and for good reason: research in this area is lacking. On top of that, many design firms have NDAs with organizations that have made the change, which means conversation in the industry isn’t really flowing, either. Here, Brady Mick will help you determine if it’s right for you.  Read more >>

9. What the Corporate World Can Learn from Coworking

WeWork’s sky high valuation was fantastic for the coworking industry: because of it, the media turned its spotlight towards a revolution that has been quietly taking shape for nearly a decade. Coworking spaces first appeared in about 2005 and have spread steadily and stealthily since then. In this article, our favorite shared space guru Liz Elam explains why now, ten years later, larger corporations ought to be taking notes. Read more >>

8. How to Find Refuge in an Open Office

What is it about coming home? That sweet satisfaction we get as we turn the lock and push open the front door. We may even let out a deep sigh as we toss our keys on the table and drop our bags to the floor. Home: our sanctuary, our refuge, our place for peace. We bet you never feel this way at work. Joanna Andreae, a health and lifestyle consultant, is here to help. Read more >>

7. Does Your Workplace Interfere with Working?

PDS_Northhighland_workspace-600x400Open office design is a balancing act between promoting collaboration and triggering chaos. Happily, the pendulum has swung away from the “cube farms” of decades past to an embrace of the open office layout. But — in case your space has swung a bit too far — here are four open layout tactics that champion heads down work and will help you to even out your “we” versus “me” space. Read more >>

6. What it Takes to Design an Innovative Workplace

pw_02_cMarikoReed-600x400We spend most of our waking hours at work, and how our office spaces are designed can have a substantial impact on our health, happiness, and work product. But it’s not just about worker happiness or health: office spaces can also influence employee’s creativity, which are critical for a company’s overall success. Here are four ways to design for more innovation in your workplace. Read more >>

5. Why Company Culture Matters in the Workplace

CreateCultureGraphicThe world is awakening to the importance of company culture. Try searching Google for it and you’ll find that search results turn up over 400 million hits in a fraction of a second, including stories in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, and other respected business publications. Culture critically important, often misunderstood, and impacts the bottom line. Read more >>

4. 8 Ways Work Was Different in 1985


Fax machines, yellowing ceiling tiles, and Mavis Beacon: 30 years sure does make a difference! “Five people today can do the work of ten people in 1985,” writes Richard Fanelli. “When I hear people say that all the major advances in technology have already been invented, I have to laugh.” Here, he reflects on how much things have changed since 1985. Read more >>

3. How Bad Ergonomics Affect the Way You Work

image0011-600x370Ergonomics is the study and design of the most effective and healthy ways to work, including the kind of work you perform, the environment you work in, and the tools you use for your job. Improper ergonomics can lead to unnecessary muscular pain that can lead to greater health problems as well as a lack of focus. Here are tips on how to avoid it. Read more >>

2. Why Mindfulness Matters in the Workplace

20140304_Chinatown_DC-98-720x480Oppressive email, horrible bosses, excessive workload, and not enough sleep: these are just a few of the reasons we’re more stressed at work than ever before. Here, Leigh Stringer, author of the forthcoming book, The Healthy Workplace, explains how you can (and why you should!) create more time and space for mindfulness meditation in your workplace. Read more >>

1. Google Didn’t “Get It Wrong”: A Deeper Look into that WaPo Piece about Open Offices

woonhome-kantoor-inrichting-vintage-kipcaravan-sleurhut-meubilair-hollandse-trots-600x400In the wake of a diatribe against open office plans, Kay Sargent, director of workplace strategies for Lend Lease, says the vitriol is misguided: Google didn’t “get it wrong” and the open office trend isn’t “destroying the workplace”. Here are six approaches to creating more harmonious workspaces, open or otherwise. Read more >>

Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.
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