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Wellbeing in the Workplace Means More Cake for Everyone 

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Yes, you read that correctly! We don’t actually mean the sugary treat served at weddings and birthday parties. We are referring to the outdated beliefs that misrepresent wellbeing in the workplace as a zero-sum game: if employees get a slice of cake (in this case, wellbeing), organizations will get less. There is staggering evidence that shows the opposite is true: more wellbeing equals more cake for everyone.

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Where Are They Now: A Look Back at 19 Years of Gensler Scholarship Recipients

The Gensler Scholarship Program prepares the best emerging design talent for the challenges and opportunities they’ll face upon entering the profession. It provides financial scholarships, mentoring and internship opportunities to qualified recipients. Image © Gensler

At Gensler, we applaud the talent behind visionary design work that enhances the places where we live, work, and play. Our world is increasingly design-centric and requires a more sophisticated understanding of how design shapes everyday experiences. For this reason, we strive to recognize the best emerging talent in design and architecture and to collaborate with the academic institutions responsible for nurturing their growth and development.

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Comparing BOMA 2010 and 2017 Office Standards

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This fall, the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) will release the latest version of its Office Standard, which provides a uniform basis for measuring rentable area in both existing and new office buildings. The 2017 version will adopt the best practices learned from the 2010 Standard and seeks to accommodate design and amenity trends, which have evolved since the previous standard was released. The updates will impact the way that building measurements are calculated and may change the rentable area of a building that was measured with either BOMA 1996 or 2010 Office.

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Wellbeing in the Workplace Has Superpowers!

The wellbeing of your employees isn’t a program or HR checklist. It’s a business strategy aimed at increasing employee productivity, enhancing engagement and improving overall health and happiness in the workplace. And like any good business strategy, it’s ongoing, targeted and essential to what defines your organization and its success.

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Design and the Art of the Game App

Illustration: Doug Wittnebel

We sat down with design director Doug Wittnebel in the Gensler Oakland office to discuss how the emerging world of virtual game apps is exposing a universe of spatial journeys and strategy experiences that are challenging us to see and create space in new ways—and how they may impact design’s future.

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