Workplace Wednesday: IFMA World Workplace Trends

  • November 23, 2016
  • Author: Teresa Bridges

The IFMA World Workplace Conference, one of the leading conferences for discussion and trends for the work environment, took place this past October and several CannonDesign team members were able to attend/or present. Now, a month removed from IFMA World Workplace, several key trends from the conference remain of key focus for organizations and the industry. I’ve highlighted several below. Sensors, sensors and more sensors. With the extensive discussion around the Internet of Things recently, we’ve been hearing more and more about the development of sensor technology in the work environment. It is quickly becoming a critical tool to track space utilization. Sensor data can be collected over longer periods…

Improving Mental Health in the Workplace

  • October 25, 2016
  • Author: Aisha Leverett

Often when we think about a healthy workplace, we focus on ways to support employees’ physical health (think walkstations or incentivized diet and exercise programs). But what of employees’ mental health? The American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence identifies five practices of psychologically healthier workplaces: Involve employees in company decision-making Facilitate work-life balance Encourage and enable professional growth Prioritize safe working conditions Celebrate employee achievement Businesses care about these factors because job stress costs US employers an estimated $300 billion annually in productivity costs related to absenteeism, turnover, medical expenses and legal and insurance fees. Employers surveyed by Willis Towers Watson earlier this year named stress as the Number…

Designing for Quiet and Introverts in the Workplace

  • October 5, 2016
  • Author: Chris Lambert

Susan Cain’s best-selling Quiet is well-researched, thoughtful and detailed in its understanding of workplace dynamics. In the four years since the book’s publication, writers have used Quiet to advance arguments about how best to plan office space. Just this month, The Economist posted an essay about the dominance of extroversion in corporate culture and New York magazine reported on new research from Australia about weak social ties within shared workplaces. Both articles cited Cain’s book in support of advocating for the return of the private office. Open plan vs. balanced offices No question: Quiet leveled many criticisms about “the open plan” and called attention to the reality that places to…

LA BisNow Features Chari Jalali in Office Design Trends Article

  • July 20, 2016
  • Author: Terri Swiatek

LA BisNow recently posted a story titled, “What You Need in the Office of Today,” that features opinions from various design and industry leaders on how offices are and should evolve into the future. Our Chari Jalali was able to contribute a quote as part of the article. LA BisNow is one of the leading online business publications in LA and is ready extensively by our target and potential client audiences. Below is the quote from Chari and a link to the full article. More organizations are opting for open workspaces and adding amenities, from rooftop gardens and cafes to fitness spaces, as a way to empower their employees and…

Millipore Lobby Renovation Wins IES Illumination Award

  • July 12, 2016
  • Author: Sara Schonour

We are thrilled to announce that our design of the Millipore lobby renovation in Boston has received an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The award recognizes projects for their ingenuity and originality, as well as their contributions to the lighting design industry. More about the Millipore lobby renovation. As a part of a branding and image transformation, this international life-science client sought to create a feature lobby gallery to welcome, engage, and educate visitors who enter the headquarters. The design has become the basis for six more of the company’s lobbies — expanding and empowering the client’s fresh new brand. The glowing, backlit walls of the…

Can You Make a New Building as Cool as a Warehouse?

  • May 5, 2016
  • Author: Robert Benson

Yes. Yes, we certainly can. Seriously. We cannot find any more old warehouse buildings to renovate, and selling space in the central business district is difficult as corporate buildings are becoming less and less attractive. We need a new building that is attractive to companies that cut their teeth in co-working incubators before seeking their own digs. Enter the Taxonomy of Cool We are a society obsessed with the new. We want to look eternally young, drive the latest car, wear runway fresh clothes and have up-to-the minute technology at our fingertips. We do not care the battery in our phones cannot be changed, because we are happy to simply…

Incubator Spaces, Innovation Hubs – How to Design Workplaces for Big Ideas

  • February 26, 2016
  • Author: Meg Osman

Innovation isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a requirement for survival in today’s hyper-competitive marketplace. Not surprisingly, businesses of all scales – from start-ups to corporations – spend great capital and focus on increasing innovation in their organizations. Whether it’s disruptive innovation that changes the marketplace entirely, or incremental innovation that improves one product from another competitors’ offerings – innovation is fuel in the business world. In order to best instill an innovative culture, companies should consider the design of their office spaces and how they’re engineered to naturally spur the type of creative thinking that can turn an idea into a scalable innovation. It’s not enough to simply find an…

Entrepreneur: Workplace Design Inspired by Garages and Basements

  • December 7, 2015
  • Author: Chris Whitcomb

Meg Osman, CannonDesign’s Executive Director of Corporate/Commercial, has authored and published her first piece for Entrepreneur: Dingy Basements and Cluttered Garages. How Startup Spaces Inspire Workplace Design. Osman has been selected to regularly contribute articles to Entrepreneur on how workplace design and real estate strategies can empower business goals and growth for emerging companies. In her first post, Osman talks about the unique spaces (garages and basements) where companies like Apple, Under Armour and Amazon were built and how these unintentional creative hubs can influence corporate office design. Here are two examples pulled from the article: Flexibility of Choice is a Must One of the more appealing aspects of these garages…

Healthy, Effective Office Design Make CEOs Lives Better Too

  • October 26, 2015
  • Author: Meg Osman

Companies investing in the strategic evolution of their workplaces are often focused on how it can make life better for their people. They recognize that providing a healthy, efficient and fun workplace will help their employees be productive and also help them recruit and retain talent over time. However, workplaces aren’t just spaces senior leadership help create and then walk away from – strategic, smart workplace design can also enrich the work experience for the CEOs and the C-Suite. A recent report from CEO.com and Domo, How CEOs Spend Their Time, highlights some interesting information about how much CEOs work (a lot), how much they travel (most travel a lot)…

Workplace Metrics & Data: The Next Frontier of Employee Recruitment

  • October 14, 2015
  • Author: Meg Osman

New ways of measuring workplaces and the ways they help employees do their best work are informing organizations and designers around the world. It won’t be long before top talent uses such data to help in their career decisions. Every day the guesswork associated with changing employers grows smaller. With websites like Glassdoor and The Vault offering people intelligent insight into how companies pay, manage and advance their people, top talent is more informed than ever before. They aren’t coming to interviews unprepared. Instead, they’re coming with perceptions they’ve developed through extensive online research confirmed or refuted. Or, if they don’t like what they read online in the first place,…

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