YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR CULTURE: DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE (VIA. WORKDESIGN.COM)

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YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR CULTURE: DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE (VIA. WORKDESIGN.COM)

Why does corporate brand expression matter?

"As intangible as culture can be, how visibly a company expresses its brand, values, and culture through its workplace can have a very real impact on a business. Companies that actively develop their culture return 516 percent higher revenue and 755 percent higher income than those that do not, according to a Harvard Business School study of 207 organizations over 11 years."

Read more: workdesign.com

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2018 WORKPLACE TREND PREDICTIONS (via. WORKPLACE DESIGN)

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2018 WORKPLACE TREND PREDICTIONS (via. WORKPLACE DESIGN)

According to Bob Fox, the publisher of Work Design Magazine and also the founder and CEO of the Washington, DC-area design firm FOX Architects, "Flexible alternatives to co-working, activity-based workspaces, unassigned seating, and ‘resimercial’ office design are rapidly increasing as the workplace increases the types of flexible work environments. In 2018, I believe we will start to see the workplace become even more flexible. As organizations evolve, new workspaces will need to allow for people to connect rapidly across all levels."

At WERK, we can attest to many of these predictions. What trends are you seeing as we progress another month into 2018? We'd love to hear.

Image via: WorkDesign

Read more insights at www.workdesign.com

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MULTI-SENSORY RESIMERCIAL DESIGN COMBINES THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (via WORKDESIGN.COM)

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MULTI-SENSORY RESIMERCIAL DESIGN COMBINES THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS (via WORKDESIGN.COM)

“Resimercial design, which has become increasingly popular in recent years, aims to combine the comforts of our residences with the production requirements of commercial products. While we can’t expect that our offices will ever feel quite like home, we can do our best to make them more comfortable, a key component of both happiness and health."

Read More: www.workdesign.com

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After 50+ Years of Service, It’s Time to Retire the Cubicle? (via observer.com)

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After 50+ Years of Service, It’s Time to Retire the Cubicle? (via observer.com)

"The modern office should be an active workspace where culture drives functionality and employee health is as central to the tenets of work as is job performance. This type of forward-leaning workspace with its emphasis on dynamic furnishings and activity will have positive ramifications on everything from workers’ wellness and productivity to the health of corporate coffers."

Read more: www.observer.com

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How can workplaces achieve the right balance between work and play? (via JLL Real Views)

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How can workplaces achieve the right balance between work and play? (via JLL Real Views)

“Good design enables users, it is purposeful and thoughtful. Good workplace design can articulate the company’s core values, help reflect and express its culture. Organizations that integrate culture first design principles and workplaces that articulate philosophies and values are more likely to meet with success.”

Read more: www.jllrealviews.com

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The Future of Workplace Design: The FETCH Model

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The Future of Workplace Design: The FETCH Model

According to a recently published article in Forbes, "Corporate workspaces, physical offices and “places to work.” In the digital age, where the lines between work and life blur further, workplaces are becoming more than just offices. Both employers and employees are wanting more from these physical spaces. And, with good reason..."

Read more: www.forbes.com

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Getting More From Our Work

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Getting More From Our Work

"ABW environments provide a variety of unique spaces and layouts, and empower individuals to choose the setting that best suits their needs throughout the day. Successful implementation of ABW requires significant behavioral and cultural shifts at the employee and organizational level. Unlike the confines of a traditional model, where employees are largely tethered to their desks by technology limitations or HR policies, ABW emphasizes output over process. Similarly, the principles and practices of the Agile approach focus on individuals and interactions over processes and tools."

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Read more: www.interiorarchitects.com

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How does flexible working fit into the modern workplace?

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How does flexible working fit into the modern workplace?

"Business models are being turned upside down as companies compete for digital talent to propel their companies forward in the emerging digital economy.

In this highly competitive business environment, a flexible workplace can be a key factor in attracting and retaining digital talent. A recent survey conducted by ManpowerGroup Solutions found 63 percent of job candidates today don’t feel they need to be sitting at their desk to get work done."

Read more: www.jllrealviews.com

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Creating a future-proofed workplace - A destination workplace

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Creating a future-proofed workplace - A destination workplace

"The concept of work and how it comes to be in a physical environment has extended beyond the traditional ‘boardroom and open plan’ office. The journey of creating contemporary workplaces has shifted, with increasing numbers of organisations seeking environments more holistically encompassing, filled with behaviour and experience focused spaces.

The magnetic-pull of these work hubs, along with organisational culture, is supporting talent retention, empowering people and generating a positive brand perception, not to mention creating spaces people love to spend time within - they foster knowledge sharing and challenge teams to adapt space to suit their own working patterns."

Read more: www.unispace.com

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The Rising Demand for Custom Furniture

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The Rising Demand for Custom Furniture

“Ten years ago, ‘custom’ meant altering a standard product – asking for a new finish, modifying dimensions, or specifying a COM,” explains Gibson. “This kind of ‘custom’ was a small percentage of my work. Today, that level of alteration is the norm for every standard product and I am routinely using an obscure upholstery on a lounge chair with custom-trimmed throw pillows. And, now, a sizable percentage of the pieces I specify are entirely unique.”

Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com

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Do Open Offices Work?

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Do Open Offices Work?

In stark contrast to the high-walled cubicles and closed, private offices of the past, the open office environment became popularized over the last decade. It serves as a strategic move to optimize office real estate and increase collaboration and innovation. By bringing teams closer together, creating more coworking space and diverse workstyle settings, the concept lends to a more efficient floor plan. With the changing expectations of young professionals, an open layout helps companies maintain a competitive advantage to attract and retain a wide range of employee demographics.

Read more: bdcnetwork.com

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What Gen-Zers Want in a Workplace

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What Gen-Zers Want in a Workplace

"Gen-Zers are more community-based and spontaneous; as a result, they will want more “huddle rooms” and “touchdown spaces” where there is an element of pop-up team gathering and where they are able to gain everyone’s knowledge first before walking away and taking on a project.

This is where it comes down to design solutions and the layout of office buildings and workplaces. Attracting, hiring and retaining Gen Z talent could lead to the creation of the “no-office office.”

This means a floor plan that fully invites and encourages social and community-oriented collaboration, and pushes the boundaries of creativity. It could be 100% open, interspersed with collaboration spaces that invite privacy when needed or have glass walls that minimize segregation – all while reflecting a company’s unique culture and mission."

Read more: huffingtonpost.com

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Only half of employees think their workplace supports productivity

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Only half of employees think their workplace supports productivity

"The most effective organizations consider how their workplace layout can help staff do their best work. “Offices are assets – tools in talent management strategies, gears in product innovation, and instruments in brand development and organizational performance. The central findings of this study should concentrate attention on how workplace strategies can support business competitiveness, not by cost mitigation but through increasing employee engagement, loyalty, and output.”

Read more: cipd.co.uk

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Designing “Place” in Workplace

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Designing “Place” in Workplace

"Unfortunately, more than half of the respondents indicated that their company’s current workplace design is uninspiring and does not encourage them to be innovative (59 percent of respondents; 62 percent of Millennials). For companies that require innovative work and look to secure creative talent, designing the workplace to afford employees with the opportunity to identify holistically with it is essential to stay competitive. With increasing emphasis on workplace design (the survey found that when considering a new job, nearly two in three office professionals believe that workplace design is equally as important or more important than workplace location), this is a prime opportunity for interior designers to demonstrate their ability to create meaningful places for employees to engage and for companies to thrive."

Read more: icon.asid.org

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WERK in the news!

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WERK in the news!

The past couple weeks have been extremely busy. Amongst the hustle and bustle, we were fortunate to be featured by both the Silicon Prairie News as well as the Lincoln Journal Star. We'd like to thank both for sharing our story.

We're extremely proud of the work we've completed thus far and are excited to share what's next. Stay tuned!

Read more: siliconprairienews.com and journalstar.com

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