Expert Insights

Taking Charge of Tomorrow

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Given the high uncertainties in the economy and employment, it–â„¢s doubly important for workplace professionals to look well beyond the horizon, even when the air seems filled with fog.

A Smart Workspace

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Like it or not, smart devices have become the norm. People assume that you have one or several, that you are always connected, and very convenient to reach. Smart devices offer quick and simple solutions to larger real-world issues in a compact, portable, and sometimes beautiful way.

The Technology Behind Relationships

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It’s with visions planted by this program that I now imagine a future workplace as an amusement park for adults. The typical cubical will be for the history books, replaced with coffee shops that can transform into personal offices or meeting rooms simply by pressing a button on a iPhone or iPad.

Technology, Design, and Client Perception

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Despite our best efforts to anoint our creative intuition as the vanguard of modern design, our genius goes only as far as prevailing technology can carry us, and for good reason. The technology of today has been developed and field-tested to ensure our creations can stand the test of time –“ in addition to the test of unexpected client demands and abuse.

Where Have All the People Gone? Part I

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Technology has had a big impact on how we work. As few as 5 years ago, there were still people working very closely together in shared office spaces. They depended on accessing the same information at the same time — which was probably on a server in some closet that was in the office.

Why Telecommuting Jobs Will Increase

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While we’ve seen growth in how many employees telecommute, this growth is likely set to continue to expand in dramatic fashion for several reasons that are all converging. Changes in technology, psychology, and the environment are going to spur more people to work at home on a more frequent basis in the coming years. Do not be surprised if we see a large shift towards telework sooner rather than later.

When Work isn’t Working

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While many companies are espousing innovation and new ways of working, most organizations have failed to bring together the people and issues with the physical environment in a way that will allow them to remain relevant.

The “New” Work, Part II

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The new office design reflects that company–â„¢s brand and its core values, creating offices in which staff members have a sense of shared vision. But the new office design is more than a simple exercise in corporate identity; it–â„¢s about using every surface to also create strong and effective color associations.

Lighting Evolution, Defined

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For years, fluorescent bulbs were the standard. Lighting designers created so many new styles, shades, and features that a change in lighting became a decorative choice rather than a functional one.

Faces: Meet Jim Ware

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Traditional management practices put way too many barriers in front of employees. We’ve got to rethink our role as workplace professionals to focus our attention on leveraging human talent — on creating workplaces that enable people to be productive, to collaborate with each other, and to invent new ideas.

Faces: Meet David Fik

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David Fik is a Senior Strategist with the Ideation Group, located in Holland, Michigan. He researches how buildings affect and reflect the characteristics of the people that inhabit them and how best that effect can be aligned with business goals.