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Wednesday
Feb222017

Employee Engagement: A Core Business Strategy

MATTER, Image © Garrett Rowland.

Successful business leaders realize that having engaged employees is not an HR program, but a core business strategy. We know that companies with engaged employees outperform those with less engaged employees. Yet, according to Gallup, a staggering 87 percent of employees worldwide are not engaged.

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Thursday
Jan192017

Seven Ways Icons on Floor Plans Can Add Value to Your Organization

Image © Gensler.

When it comes to space and occupancy management, an accurate floor plan can do more than just represent the physical space—it can help an organization secure occupants’ safety and prepare for the unexpected.

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Wednesday
Nov232016

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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Thursday
Nov032016

Why Change Management Needs to Be More Like Personalized Shopping

Gensler New York created excitement for its office move by inviting employees to post to Instagram. Image © Gensler

Phrases like “proceed to checkout” and “share to Facebook” are colloquial in this internet-of-things world in which we live. With technology changing at breakneck-speed, there is an inherent expectation that everything is both instant and customizable. Everyone from retailers to news outlets to your local coffee shop are “creating experiences” tailored to the customer. So if your favorite retailer can address questions in real time via social media, then why can’t a company do the same for its employees when going through a major change like a move or policy update? The answer is: It can, and it should.

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Monday
Jul182016

Designing with Office Heroes: Lessons from a Network of Startup Professionals

Prezi / Image © Michael Townsend.

They’re the unsung heroes in the workplace: the “Jack and Jill of all trades” in emerging and startup companies who help keep an office running, doing everything from project management to managing payroll and operations. Over the course of two years, Gensler has engaged with a professional network known as the Office Heroes League (OHL). This network is comprised of over 600 office managers, administrative/executive assistants, and office professionals from various companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The growth and success of the network over a short time has been attributed to the need for connecting individuals within these roles, gaining advice and resources to drive positive organizational growth and change.

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