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The balance between ‘me’ and ‘we’ spaces

With open floor plans becoming so popular, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to focus on individual work. We put so much more attention on collaboration, that we are less efficient at sitting down and completing our own tasks, especially when that deadline is approaching. Working in groups to come up with new and creative solutions is necessary. But there needs to be an area that the team can go to and put those new ideas into action. And without distraction. There are two primary ways that an office can create that balance of collaborative (we) spaces, and focused, individual work

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The Millennials Are Moving Up. What Does That Mean For Business? 

It seems like only yesterday we started talking about millennials in the workplace. However, considering the fact that millennials were born between 1978 and 2004, the oldest are now approaching 37. They’re already a major part of our work culture. In fact, by 2025, this generation will make up 75% of the global workforce – which means organizations are considering an entirely new challenge: preparing millennials for management and executive roles. Generally speaking, millennials are a tolerant, curious, positive, sharing, connected, flexible, generation that are true to themselves. You may have already noticed that millennial team members tend to thrive when

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Today’s Workplace Gone Global

In today’s shifting business landscape – many companies and organizations have strategically placed offices in both rural and urban areas across the globe in efforts of expanding their reach and gaining a full perspective on the markets they serve. In order to truly accomplish business without borders, it’s more important than ever to offer local knowledge, national insights and an international perspective. With that being said, every business in the world, no matter its size, benefits from tactically developing a brand and maintaining it as a recognizable representation of the organization. A strong brand identity propels it to the forefront of those

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Extrovert AND Introvert friendly office – It can exist!

Not all employees are the same. Some thrive in social settings. Others, when they are in their own space and able to focus. So when designing an office, how should you lay it out so that both introverts and extroverts can grow and contribute? Understanding the team that you’re working with is the most essential step to putting together an office in which all team members feel most comfortable and productive. With the trend toward open offices, we can leave out a whole group of workers. Some industries or jobs will attract a certain type of person. Sales people may

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Future of Workspaces – Tomorrow’s Workplace Arrives Today

As our technological landscape continues to evolve, so too is our modern workplace. More and more frequently, offices are moving away from centralised locations, to more suburban communities that allow space for innovative workplace solutions. Creating ‘hubs’, has revolutionized the entire concept of the workplace. Picture an office filled with people. But unlike a traditional office, where all of those people work for the same company or organization,  some of them are freelance writers, graphic designers, programmers and developers; others are in the process of forming start-up companies or working for very small firms. The workspace may simply be a

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Future of Workspaces – Designing for the growing Millenial

When it comes to designing a new office, doing so with millennials in mind is a good idea. It’s estimated that one third of the workforce is made up of people who reached adulthood in the 2000’s. That number is expected to grow to three quarters in just the next ten years. So what can we do to make sure that our offices are appealing to this tech savvy bunch? Open communication and giving back to the community are both vital for young up and comers. So cubicles are not a good idea. But it’s great to have a public

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The Millennials Have Arrived – Welcome To The Future Of Your Workspace

This year, millennials will reach a major milestone, surpassing baby boomers and Gen Xers to become the largest generation in today’s workface. What does that mean for the workplace? A few things. Mobile technology has allowed millennials to develop a unique approach when seeking out the best places to study, research, work and collaborate. Now that they are so deeply integrated in the workforce, millennials are looking for workspaces as flexible as their devices. Designing a workspace that creates a sense of open, transparency with room for collaborative work to take place – also tells employees that they are valued

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Happy employees are great for business

Everyone would love to improve focus at work. We all want our employees to be more creative. Who wouldn’t want team work and better collaboration on projects? One way to improve these areas may be surprising though. More and more studies are suggesting that the way to gain more focus from employees and to boost morale in the office is to add games. Competitive games between team members can not only bring them closer together, but also increase heart rate which increases focus. So what things can we do to improve morale in the workplace? Simple games like foosball or

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Bringing (Plant) Life To Your Workplace

Evidence speaking to the benefits of integrating plants into the workplace is boundless. Not only do plants enhance the overall appearance in the office, but they can also reduce stress and eliminate air pollutants. A healthy, happy workplace is also more productive. In addition, plants in the office can provide screening or a pleasant focal point. There are numerous types of office friendly plants that can be integrated into a workplace, depending on your space and specific needs. The best plans for an office are those which require little care. After all, you have a business to run, and not

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Greenery in the Workplace to Help a Business Flourish

The facts are in. Having plants in the workplace will make employees happier, healthier and more productive. Researchers from Cardiff University monitored two large commercial offices in the UK and Holland. After plants were introduced, overall productivity improved by 15% within three months, as was reported in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. While this finding may not seem significant, a 15% boost in productivity can add up quickly, especially if every employee experiences improvement. Another study, conducted in 2010 concluded that just one plant per work space can increase office morale and job performance. In addition to showing an increase

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