Corporate Values as Workplace Drivers

  • March 23, 2017
  • Author: Jonya Leverett & Chris Lambert

Connecting personal values to company values is important to millennial workers. Learn how Clorox is connecting them.

Co-Working Spaces – Three Things to Know

  • February 9, 2017
  • Author: Lindsey Baker

As companies battle to attract talent, they are driven to provide the kinds of team-based work environments that are embodied in co-working.

Fast Company: Designing Workspaces to Empower People

  • January 20, 2017
  • Author: Meg Osman

Meg Osman has authored a new piece for Fast Company focused on how data, technology and new markets will inform our efforts in the year ahead: A Futuristic Office Is Less Important Than An Office That’s Good For Workers | Co.Exist | ideas + impact The article references a new report from Glassdoor about America’s labor market and job trends that suggests “2016 was a landmark year for hiring” and that there are currently “5.85 million unfilled job openings in America” that translate to lost productivity and increased competition for talent. These realities make 2017 an exciting year for workplaces as organizations work to recruit, retain, train and empower their people. Below…

retooling PRACTICE

  • January 5, 2017
  • Author: Brian Skripac

retooling PRACTICE is the theme of the upcoming AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Connections Congress on January 9th at the AIA Headquarters in Washington D.C.

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…

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…