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Monday
Nov072011

Turning Your Office Fitness Center Into an Asset

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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

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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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Wednesday
Sep212011

The Danger at Our Desks

We’ve spent a lot of time on research and tools that help Gensler’s design teams create workplaces to support the way people work today. But what if the way people work today is slowly killing them? This is a developing conundrum facing Gensler and our clients, since the hazardous office activity in question is one we're likely engaged in right now: sitting at a desk, staring at a computer.

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Tuesday
Sep132011

Love and Conference Calls

Three years ago I joined a virtual team. Our client’s company had instituted a travel freeze for all employees and consultants. Together we would design and implement over 100 projects with all communication and collaboration over voicemail, email, screen shares and video conference.

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