7 Factors of Great Office Design
we recently published an article in the Harvard Business Review about how we give clients a design language they can use to imagine a more strategic workplace. In the article we share two short case studies of our work with Adobe and Yodle and how we helped them create optimal work settings that support the needs of their people.
Should Your Company Embrace Coworking?
Coworking is going mainstream. That is, traditional organizations are increasingly embracing a way of working that is rooted in the world of of start-ups, entrepreneurs, and independent professionals. Coworking communities are collaborative shared workspace settings that have historically provided independents and freelancers with the amenities and sense of belongingness of a workplace but with the casual vibe of a coffee shop or third place.
Using Food to Build Healthy Communities for Working and for Learning
We all eat. Food is a universal experience that brings people together and builds and sustains healthy communities. Sometimes, we celebrate the food experience through the mindful planning and enjoying of meals. But, many times we succumb to the realities of “dining al desko”—eating alone, at our desks, while working or studying.
Living the Brand through Strategic Workplace Design
HLW Director of Strategy and Discovery Liz Burow led a lively panel discussion with several of our client partners: Eric Ho, Manager of Culture and Outreach at Capital One, Adam Lutz, Real Estate Project Executive at Google, Denise Burke, Eastern Regional Manager of Adobe, and Nico Curtis, a designer at Graham Hanson Design. The discussion covered a range of topics from new approaches to brand expression to identifying key components that contribute to a company’s overall brand. Note, broad discussion ideas, as well as participants’ specific comments, are included in this article.
Determining Workplace Effectiveness
We Are What We Measure
I recently traveled to Philadelphia to attend and participate in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference, an annual ritual and gathering of industrial and organizational psychologists, HR leaders, and experts on organizational change. Several sessions on workplace assessments and analytics were among the many great discussions I attended.
Positive Impacts Associated with the Open Office
Clients often ask us if flexible open plan workspace is effective. While “effective” workspace means different things to different organizations, we have broadly discovered a number of benefits that an open office design can provide to a wide range of organizations. We did our homework to see what other research has been done in the field.
The Power of Language in a Social Workplace
I recently attended the annual meeting of the Academy of Management in Philadelphia. This annual conference of scholars and researchers from business schools and practitioners from different industries offers an opportunity to engage in rich discussions about organizations, their people, and their practices. This year’s theme “The Power of Words” offered some particularly salient takeaways for understanding how a company’s work environment embodies the organization’s own language and how it acts as a live feed into its ongoing routines.
What Active Learning Has in Common with Today’s Engaged Workplaces
Last week I attended the annual SCUP conference where the subject of active learning was vigorously discussed. Active learning means that instead of faculty and other teachers didactically transferring information to students and hoping that they learn something, students take more active responsibility for their own learning and the learning of their peers. Active learning realigns the relationship between students and faculty as well as among student peer groups, and it also assumes that students are renegotiating the spatial and virtual learning environment in new ways. More importantly, as students increasingly become familiar with this type of learning experience, they will be more prepared to work in some of the most progressive organizations that are embracing new workplace paradigms.