Tips & Trends

WORKTECH11: West Coast Review

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Worktech11 represented a cauldron of innovation, not only for being hosted in Nokia’s Sunnyvale, CA, headquarters, but also because of the myriad in-depth discussions on the economic, cultural, and design implication of today’s workplace trends.

Balancing Efficiency with Effectiveness

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As we search for both efficiency and effectiveness opportunities, we can look at both “demand” — in truly understanding what people need to do their work — and “supply” savings in the way space and furniture are planned and managed over time.

Managing Conflict with Color

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Conflict management is a fundamental part of our professional environments and color affects our psyche tremendously. Clash in a work environment is bound to happen—different people, backgrounds, and ideas on how to do things.

Optimizing for Mobile in a LEED Design

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The ultimate goal of a workspace design is to make the space not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing as well. Effective use of form and function promote employee health and happiness, which in turn promotes productivity.

Designing for Organizational Effectiveness

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Although a neat and organized workspace is a challenge in today’s busy world, maintaining an organized and productive space is well worth the undertaking. It very well makes up in terms of time saved, morale and productivity boost and improved service delivery.

Designing Your Work Space for Productivity

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Organizing a work space goes way back to the industrial revolution when managers were trying to find out how to make their workers more productive. Initially, the goal was to reduce injuries, but over the years we’ve learned that carefullyorganizing your work space can improve productivity (Resnick and Zanotti, 1998).

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Integrating Generation Y into the Workplace

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The intersection where generations meet and collaborate each day is the workplace, which companies need to foster and nourish to create this center of production. Perhaps yoga balls instead of regular chairs, individual employee-designed workstations, or integrated rich-media environments with music or video *won’t* be such a far-fetched office design in the future.

Product Similarities Surprise at Neocon 2011

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So I survived NeoCon 2011. My take this year was that I did not see any earthshaking new ideas or products or anything that was really new. Don’t get me wrong, there was some really cool stuff. But I felt like I had seen most of it before.

However, several trends emerged…

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WORKTECH 11 – The Future of the Workplace

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What exactly do we know about the future of the workplace? Sabret Flocos and Bob Fox, principles at FOX Architects, recently attended Worktech 11 in New York City. There — alongside more than 200 professionals from real estate, facilities, technology, architecture, design, and management — they joined in a forum to discuss the future of work, the workplace, technology, and innovation.

And here–â„¢s what they learned.