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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

Image credit: Shutterstock

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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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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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Activity Based Working (ABW)

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Activity Based Working (ABW)

Activity Based Working (ABW) is a hot topic these days. Conceived as a business strategy which provides employees w/ a choice of settings to conduct work, ABW seeks to entice people to work where it is most conducive for them to complete their tasks. In ABW, office spaces are designed to provide a variety of workplace settings for activities ranging from intense, heads down focused work to impromptu and informal meetings as well as more formal settings. With this shift, gone are the days where employees are forced to accomplish all of their work in one setting, such as an assigned desk or cubicle.

Read more here: workdesign.com

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WERK + 1 Million Cups Lincoln

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WERK + 1 Million Cups Lincoln

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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Is your workplace scaring away potential new hires?

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Is your workplace scaring away potential new hires?

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

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WERK Trap Tables featured in Sources + Interiors Magazine

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WERK Trap Tables featured in Sources + Interiors Magazine

"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

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Storytelling and the Workplace

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Storytelling and the Workplace

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

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The use of color in the workplace

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The use of color in the workplace

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.

 

Sources: The meaning of colors , Color Matters , Color Meanings

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The value of color in the workplace

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The value of color in the workplace

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

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Creating privacy in the open office

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Creating privacy in the open office

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

 

 

 

 

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How Gen Z could shape the future of workplace design

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How Gen Z could shape the future of workplace design

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

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