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The Role of Physical Space in Corporate Learning and Development

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Innovative use of space to create a learning environment that positively affects engagement and retention requires a strategic and coordinated effort backed by senior leadership commitment. Corporate learning and development (L&D) programs, no matter how compelling, may not be enough in and of themselves as the foundation for developing engaged and productive employees. Historically, the […]

Convergence Teams: The Power of Integrated Design

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By Patrick Donnelly and Chris Collett of BHDP; Valerie Garrett of Fifth Third Bancorp The benefits that an integrated design process can bring to building projects have been accepted for decades. Assembling a team with diverse expertise to collaboratively work on a project is intuitively understood to be a better approach than designing in a […]

Change Leadership and Change Management: There Is a Difference

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Successful implementation of a change management plan requires change leadership skills that smooth the way for all parties when most needed—at the inception. By Brian Trainer Here’s a typical scenario. An organization’s leadership creates a vision for a dynamic new workplace design, now awaiting construction. When the vision is shared, it will require a need […]

The Workplace of the Future

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STUDENTS LEARN TO BE COMFORTABLE WITH AMBIGUITY. BY DOMINIC IACOBUCCI AND AARON BRADLEY WHAT’S THE BEST way to prepare students for the rapidly changing workplace of the future? Teach them to address complex problems through ideation and creative problem-solving techniques. And, most important, help them recognize that some problems have no easy—or right—answers. That’s the […]

Making Sense of Sensors

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By Dominic Iacobucci and Brad Johnson 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 […]

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. By T. Patrick Donnelly 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 […]

Why Innovation Needs Its Own Space

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By Brian Trainer 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 […]

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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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 that considers corporate values, business strategy, and vision of […]