Expert Insights

The New Revolution: From Static Machine to Human Ability, Mobility, and Agility

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For more than 15 years, my colleagues and I have worked with some of America–â„¢s “Great Places to Work.–  We’ve implemented workplace flexibility initiatives to increase workplace productivity, effectiveness, and resiliency. Yet we’ve been met with real resistance and challenges while implementing these initiatives, from compressed workdays and flextime to part-time schedules and job sharing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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