Category Archives: Thought Leadership

Making Sense of Sensors

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A sensor is an electronic device that measures and captures data of variation in environmental stimulus. In today’s world, people encounter sensors throughout their day—at home, in the workplace, and at other locations. In a spatial workplace environment, sensors measure environmental aspects such as noise and light, while gathering information on when and how space […]

Preparing for a Cooling Economy

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Leverage your real estate portfolio for an eventual downturn in the market. Although the sting of 2008 may not register for some of today’s workforce, many clearly recall the excesses leading up to the Great Recession. To mitigate risk related to a corporate real estate portfolio, leaders must identify shifts in economic conditions and deliver […]

Stop Designing Your Workplace Around Millennials

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Stop thinking about millennials when designing your workplace. Here’s what to think about instead. Research shows flexible workplaces that follow a lifespan of your employees are more important.  All too often, executives look at their office design and workplace environment with a narrow focus. Millennials. Millennials. Millennials. They will be the next generation of workers […]

Why Innovation Needs Its Own Space

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Innovation is the lifeline of every growth strategy. So much has been written about the subject that broaching it is likely to elicit an apathetic response; e.g. “we’ve heard it all before.” Yet amid all the theories and philosophies espoused as keys to innovation, one that deserves more exploration is the space where creative thinking […]

Lessons Grocers Can Learn From Department Stores: Introduction

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Each month brings with it another new dominant headline on how one of our most frequent shopping experiences—buying groceries—will be forever changed. Curbside pickup. Driverless cars delivering to our homes. Automatic checkouts. The technological rush shows a willingness by the largest chains to ensure they outmaneuver upstarts and avoid suffering the same decline of the […]

Designing For Innovation In The Workplace

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A facility focused on research spurred steel manufacturer AK Steel to craft spaces conducive to collaboration and inspiration. Companies have long focused on fostering collaboration among employees, envisioning it as a solution to lagging innovation. To that end, architects have designed more and more open workspaces, where employees now easily and frequently interact. But it […]

Partnering to transform the employee experience: Citrix’s journey to align people, place and technology

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By Jenna Geigerman, Amy Haworth, and Chris LaPata, MCR How can companies align physical space, culture, and technology to deliver an employee experience for the digital age, with company values at the core and improved productivity as a result? One path is to transform the workplace. This makeover is not simple and requires a well-thought-out plan […]

The Case for the Chief (Employee) Experience Officer

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As the conversation about the employee experience balloons, the time has come to harness that hot air. Why not add a Chief Employee Experience Officer to give employees a voice? Who hasn’t been to a workshop, focus group, or executive seminar where someone proposes that CRE, IT, and HR should function like a three-legged stool? […]

Space As A Service: It’s Time To Break The Norm

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Why we should design spaces that are upgradable and adaptable to match the ever-changing organization. Typically, organizations construct new or update space for their employees as a capital investment. While intended to serve the purpose for the long-term, the reality is as organizations evolve, the space remains stagnant. Then a decade or more later, funds […]

Will Expanding Grocers Learn From The Decline Of Department Stores?

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Each month brings with it another new dominant headline on how one of our most frequent shopping experiences – buying groceries – will be forever changed. Curbside pickup. Driverless cars delivering to our homes. Automatic checkouts. Each year seems to bring with it a new headline on how one of our most frequent shopping experiences—buying […]