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Tuesday
Jan242012

Focus on Focus

Gensler office

The places where we work have dramatically changed over the last thirty years. At the extreme, we have gone from private offices in the 60’s to open work benches that are not dissimilar to workspaces from the Industrial Revolution, a time of wrenching change, challenges and opportunities much like today. So much of this change has been driven by the need to facilitate communication, enhance collaboration and break down the silos that have paralyzed many organizations.

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Monday
Dec192011

Scenes from a Coffee Shop

Gensler office

The coffee shop comes up in discussions about workplace design often, as a desired amenity but also as a model of how people today can work “alone together.”

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Monday
Nov072011

Turning Your Office Fitness Center Into an Asset

Gensler office

Most buildings have one, though it’s usually tucked into leftover basement space like a neglected piece of furniture. Such is the plight of corporate fitness center: Underutilized and musty smelling, they don’t tend to see much activity, and if they do, it’s hardly an enjoyable experience.

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Thursday
Nov032011

Collaboration is here to stay—Let’s deal with it

Gensler office

Group work, by nature, is a messy, chaotic process for which there is no reliable template. The nature of group work changes from project to project, group to group, and at times its unpredictability can exasperate participants.

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Wednesday
Oct052011

The Coming Voice Recognition Revolution

Photo courtesy of Mashable.

"Take a letter, Miss Jones." That's a line that seemed forever relegated to mid-20th century movies and oldies radio stations. Even at the world's largest corporations today you're likely to find the C-Suite pecking out their own letters. But the recently announced iPhone 4S may be heralding in a return to the era of secretaries, but this time as digital personal assistants. The new phone includes sophisticated voice recognition technology that not only transcribes words but understands context. It can respond to questions and act on commands.

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