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Beyond 50 Shades of 'Greige': Seven Ideas to Create an Inspiring Workplace

Image © Eric Laignel (at left) and Image © Garrett Rowland (at right)

Gray and beige are two colors I see most often in many of today’s workplaces. I’m not the only one, either. A client at an advertising firm recently described their office as “kind of greige.” Yuck. It’s no surprise these bland workspaces are often empty or distinguished by staff struggling to find the right spaces to meet and concentrate.

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Design as an Innovation Super Power

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An overused word and an underexplored practice.

The word innovation continues to get thrown around. For the past decade at least, innovation has been a catch-all for that special sauce that gets companies to act first on the newest technologies and market opportunities. It’s considered the key to yet another buzzword: disruption. With the rules of startup culture in mind, businesses from big pharma to evolving finance have treated innovation as something they should aspire to. We find that when organizations particularly tell us they want to innovate, they usually mean they want design to be the hero by transforming their space. At first, they believe that their teams of experts will find a magic bullet inside war rooms, creative labs and collaboration spaces. But therein lies the gap: the expectation that innovation only comes about as a result of the right kind of space when there is so much more to it.

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"Treat Us Like a Client": The Power of Design, From a Non-Designer

Gensler La Crosse. Image © Gensler.

A little over a year ago, our office lease was nearing its end and we were faced with a decision—do we extend our lease and stay in our current space or do we relocate? At face value, this seems like a simple question to answer. However, we quickly learned that answering this question is neither simple nor easy. As we embarked on the journey to answer this one question, we learned a lot about ourselves and the power of design in the workplace.

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Make Your Workplace Data Work for You: Keys for Data-Informed Strategies.

Integrated Workplace Management is less about a single software system and more about integrating relevant tools and datasets at the right time to support a holistic life cycle of data-informed workplace strategies. Graphic © Gensler.

Space has the ability to transform a company’s culture and provide an engaging employee experience vital to success in today’s competitive market. Delivering this experience can be enhanced with a multitude of technology and data sources, all promising the answer to workplace success. However, without a reliable inventory of space and occupancy data, organizations struggle to get a handle on their workplace strategy.

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Wellbeing in the Workplace Means More Cake for Everyone 

Graphic © Gensler

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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