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The Importance of ‘Place’ in the Workplace: An Evolution

CBRE Masonic Temple in Glendale, California. Image © Gensler/Ryan Gobuty.

A sense of place is a long-standing concept. At a grand scale, this has manifest in walled cities and specific architectural traditions. This parallels rituals, traditional garb and dress, and regional cuisines in defining cultures. With the exception of a few very high-level executives, this desire to develop a sense of place seemed to have been lost at the end of the last century in corporate culture. Recently however, we’ve seen a shift: more, and more, companies are emphasizing the importance of creating a meaningful sense of place in the office environment for all of their employees.

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Shared Services Finds a Home in Latin America

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This post is part of a series of blog posts on Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys.

As globalization takes on new meaning, once isolated markets are now part of a global and expanding marketplace. Many global companies have invested in Latin America strategically as a hub for their Shared Service Centers, which have proven to optimize administrative functions in a more cost effective way.

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Unlocking Innovation in the Government Workplace 

Mecklenburg County Land Use Environmental Service Agency, Charlotte, NC, Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series of blog posts on Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys.

Gensler’s 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey identified elements of workplace design that foster innovation. Digging into the data, Gensler researchers were able to determine which industry sectors have workplace designs that most foster innovation and which have workplaces that inhibit it.

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The Evolution of the Workplace in China’s Financial Services Sector

Flexibility and transparency characterize the new office of Real Power Capital at the Evergo Tower in Shanghai. Image © Gensler

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series on the state of the financial services industry.

In today’s volatile global economy, China's financial services companies are facing a number of challenges. China's market reforms in the financial sector have put forward higher requirements for financial services firms to innovate their service and product offerings. As Chinese financial services firms must become more agile and resilient to adapt to the fast-changing market, they have recognized the need to create more effective and efficient working environments.

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Tech Trends of 2016: Well-Being as an Investment

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Employee well-being is a wise investment in a company’s most valuable asset—its people. Data shows that happy employees are more productive, engaged, healthier and less likely to miss work. With today’s increasingly complex and rapidly changing work environment, what were once regarded as employee perks have become essential to a company’s culture, influencing how offices are designed and planned.

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