We typically like to use our blog to share wisdom about design, the evolution of the workplace, etc. However, for today's post, we'd like to keep things simple. We'd like thank everyone who came out to 1 Million Cups Lincoln as well as the 1MC crew who twisted our arms to come share our story this past week (July 19th). We had a great time talking about what WERK is doing and how we’re trying to help companies express their brand, evolve their working style, improve ergonomics, and contribute to their impressive story. Thank you!
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"Indeed, what initially started out as a tech sector trend to create spaces which better reflected their brand and encouraged employees to think outside of the box, has gone mainstream. Yet while these modern office perks may provide a unique talking point in the office – and even a unique selling point for potential employees, some companies are struggling to strike the right balance between work and play."
Read more: jllrealviews.com
Salaries and benefits are not the only thing job seekers are paying attention to when job hunting. The workplace often plays a large role in the decision process. Factors like dated furniture and decor, access to natural light, and location are all contributing factors that prospective employers should be considering when trying to attract the best and brightest job candidates.
Learn more: hrmagazine
"From large conference tables to a mobile surface for quick projects, Trap Tables from WERK can suit any need. A modular shape combined with formed steel legs and locking casters transforms this classroom staple into an office necessity. Choose from a variety of high-pressure laminate tops with exposed plywood edge and any RAL color for the powder-coated legs."
Thanks to Interiors + Sources for the feature.
Check it out: interiorsandsources.com
For employers looking to highlight brand, build pride, attract future talent, and foster collaboration and engagement in the workplace, @IAarchitects shares their wisdom about the key factors to consider with their recent post: Storytelling in the Workplace Builds Brand and Culture.
What are you doing to tell your story? We'd love to hear.
Read more: interiorarchitects.com
As a follow-up to our previous post, The value of color in the workplace, we know that color can be a powerful element in a designer's tool box. Color plays an inherent role in each of our lives, and profoundly affects how we experience the world around us. For a general understanding, here are some basics on the effects and meanings of each color. It's key to point out that of the thousands of shades of each color, sometimes varying shades/tones often have complex and contradictory meanings.
Red - associated with energy, aggression, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire, and love. Red captures attention. It is one of the most visible colors, second only to yellow.
Yellow - associated with joy, optimism, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. It is also the universal color for caution and physical illness. Yellow is the most visible color of the spectrum.
Orange - associated with joy, sunshine, and warmth. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. Orange is symbolic of strength and endurance, vitality, cheer, excitement, adventure, warmth, and good health.
Green - associated with nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. It also has strong emotional correspondence with safety.
Blue - associated with depth and stability, as well as tranquility and calmness. Blue symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Purple - associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. It symbolizes power, wealth, nobility, luxury, and ambition.
White - associated with light, goodness, innocence, and purity. White suggest simplicity and safety.
Black - associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery. Black contrasts well with bright colors.
Color is not just an aesthetic consideration. According to Work Design Magazine, we know that certain colors can positively contribute to happiness, productivity, and even physical health in the workplace. In addition, color can be a powerful tool in telling stories, and connecting people to places as well as brands. How are you shaping the built environment with color?
Read more: workdesign.com
The workplace is in a constant state of change. For employers to attract and retain talent, author Jacob Morgan says it comes down to three things: giving employees physical workspaces they want, having up-to-date technology (the tools they need), and a culture they can celebrate.
Read more: bizjournals.com
The open office can foster both engagement and collaboration. It can also be a source of disruption and impede productivity if not done correctly. At some point throughout the day, everyone needs to communicate or work privately, whether that's heads down focus work or needing a place to make a call to their doctor. Successful environments are often those that provide employees options. They empower workers to do their best, at the right place and time.
Privacy in the open office can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Here are a few suggestions: background music or white noise can break up the awkward silence or feelings of eavesdropping, movable panels, privacy screens, and plants can help provide a sense of visual privacy and flexibility in the office, soft surfaces with fabrics like wool or felt can help absorb sound, and phone booths or small enclosed meeting rooms can give employees a place to take phone calls and/or have private conversations.
Read more: jllrealviews.com
Flexibility and mobility in the workplace, areas for both collaboration and privacy, as well as access to technology will play a large role in shaping the future of workplace design for the tech-savvy Generation Z according to a yearlong study conducted by international architecture firm HKS.
Faced with a tough but exciting challenge, both the A/D community and contract furniture industry have a great potential to help shape productivity and engagement in the workplace. This shift is what excites and keeps pushing us forward.
Read more: designcurial.com