In a hyper-connected and social media oriented workplace, we may soon bear witness to a profound shift of emphasis away from the industry’s touchstone metrics of occupancy/vacancy/density and area per person to new metrics that chart effectiveness, satisfaction and wellbeing in the workplace. Image © Ryan Gobuty
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Image © Alan Karchmer
People often forget that radio helped create the mass media saturated world in which we now live.
Before cable television streamed content 24/7 and the Internet gave us the power to maintain constant contact with friends and colleagues, it was radio frequencies that disseminated information and connected people separated by significant geographic boundaries. Today, radio is just one of many forms of mass media available, but it remains an indispensable component of everyday life (imagine driving in your car in utter silence). Yet radio is not immune to the profound disruption taking place within the media industry today. It’s a medium that’s evolving to meet the demands of 21st century consumers.
The Breakaway Group’s new workspace in Greenwood Village, Colo. Image © Ryan Gobuty
How do you create a workplace that reflects a company’s unique culture and values while augmenting workers’ ability to do their jobs? This was the question a group of designers in Gensler’s Denver office sought to address while working closely with The Breakaway Group on the design of the company’s new workplace.
Nokia's Sunnyvale Campus. Image © Nic Lehoux
In case you haven’t noticed, health and wellness has quietly become a consequential issue within the business community. Businesses and organizations are preoccupied with making sure their employees are as healthy and happy as can be, and they are willing to invest significant amounts of money to achieve these ends.
Happy workers are more productive workers. Image © Gensler
One of the challenges facing design firms today is finding ways to create workplaces that people want to work in. Too many workers are unhappy with their place of work, as pointed out in a recent New York Times op-ed by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath. As the article notes, upwards of 70% of U.S. workers are “emotionally disconnected from their workplaces.” Reversing this trend could boost productivity—happy workers tend to be more engaged at work.