A.J. Paron-Wildes, National Architectural and Design Manager for Allsteel, is a key presenter at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the world’s largest and most influential green building conference, to be held November 8–10 in Boston.
Millennials have taken over the workforce: Those 18-34 now comprise one out of every three Americans at work, surpassing generation X. This new generation at work doesn’t like to be boxed in, either — whether that’s trapped in a cubicle doing data entry or held hostage in a pointless meeting with an empty coffee pot.
The ‘new kids’ in the workplace differ from previous generations and present major implications for workplace design.
How is the workplace changing in China? We explore the working habits of a multigenerational workforce, the impact of technology and recent design trends to help understand China’s developing work environments.
Back in 2015, rumors of a new Foster + Partner-designed store along Chicago’s riverfront had been circulating amongst the Apple community. Dubbed its ‘newest and most ambitious store’ yet, Apple Michigan Avenue made its grand debut today.
Workplace strategists and designers are applying lessons from psychology to create spaces that can be enjoyed by all personality types.
Employers must listen, understand what their workforce wants, and crucially, act on this feedback. It’s never been easier to find new job opportunities and if organisations don’t provide positive workforce experiences, their staff will go elsewhere.
Many of today’s offices are open, opting for unassigned seating options instead of private offices. Open workplaces are proven to promote collaboration and impromptu interactions needed for effective work and team dynamics; however, people still need quiet spaces away from distractions and disruptions in order to concentrate.
A happy and healthy workplace is a productive workplace, according to engineers, architects and scientists who are using academic research to build better office spaces.
With a renewed focus on how our working environment can affect our health, the time has come to rethink the workplace with humans at its heart.
Until now, space and technology have been planned and developed by completely different teams with contrasting objectives. But this approach has often led to a disconnect in how the two interact, and the behaviour they stimulate amongst employees. Instead, organisations need to nurture a balanced ecosystem, involving technology that is both mobile and integrated into the physical environment, as well as spaces designed for individual “me” work and “we” group work.
Over the past few decades, the old adage has gained relevance in the realms of corporate real estate, as organizations striving for a better return on investment paid increasing attention to the metrics of asset management.
CEO Adam Neumann sells investors on his vision for communal workplaces—critics say it’s an overvalued real-estate play.