Expert Insights

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.

The New Work, Part I

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The last decade has seen unprecedented change, driven by technologies that have forever altered how and where we work, so that, not long from now, there won–â„¢t be offices –“ or at least, not offices as we understand them.

Teamwork & Collaboration

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The future of the workplace is evolving into a playground of possibilities. Collaboration of multiple parties was not the norm 20 years ago. The sole purpose in the business world was to get yourself ahead, not bring others along with you.

The Workplace of Tomorrow

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I believe we are sitting at an important crossroads in the life and evolution of the workplace. This crossroads offers us a route of change and opportunity that we cannot afford to ignore. These changes are fundamental and they have the potential to change everything. We should also not underestimate the effects of liberation driven by flexible information technology and a new generation of workers.

Faces: Meet Jim Williamson

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Jim Williamson is Principal, Studio Director, and a practicing Interior Designer at Gensler in the Washington, DC, office. He is the incoming President Elect of the International Board of IIDA and has recently served as Development Chair and President of the IIDA Mid Atlantic Chapter.

Where You Do Your Work Doesn’t Matter Anymore

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The internet, video conferencing, and cloud-based networks all enable us to have interactions and to share information with people halfway around the world — or simply across the room. Location has, in many instances, become a non-factor in how we connect with people.