Secret Rooms Are Popping Up In Workplaces, And Other Industry News

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Elise Shapiro
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Elise Shapiro is a contributing editor. Little did she know that her first job, in the facilities department at Ralston Purina, while obtaining her M. Arch at Washington University, in St. Louis would foreshadow where her career would lead. She has always been a strong advocate for providing the best possible spaces for people to work – where aesthetics meet function and drive business success.

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The door to a secret room at Macmillan Publishing in Manhattan is disguised as a bookcase. Credit – Jeenah Moon for The New York Times
  • Secret rooms have appeared throughout history, in medieval castles and Prohibition-era speakeasies. Now, says the New York Times, they’re popping up in workplaces.
  • Why do we dress the way we do at work? Fast Company shares the history behind how the modern office wardrobe is the result of centuries of surprising social, political, and technological revolution.
  • When it comes to your company’s brand, there’s no bigger billboard for your culture than your office space, reports the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Done well, your office can enhance brand awareness, reinforce company values and support a healthier, happier workforce.
  • Yanko Design rounds up several spaces that will inspire you to begin making small changes to your office that will de-stress and bring joy.
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