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Why Shouldn’t We Feel Energised at the End of the Work Day?

Etsy’s New York headquarters. Image © Gensler.

Amongst the many questions included in the recent 2016 UK Workplace Survey was a seemingly innocent question asking respondents to what extent they agreed with the following statement: “At the end of a typical day in the office, I feel energised.”

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UK Workplace Survey 2016: The Science Behind the Data

How Design Drives Innovation, Image © Gensler

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

Can we make UK office environments work better for everyone? The Gensler UK Workplace Survey 2016 (WPS) examined that question, in a national, online, panel-based study conducted using Gensler’s newly redesigned Workplace Performance Index® platform. Issued to 1,210 office workers, and distributed evenly across 11 industries in the UK, the latest edition of the survey is a continuation of our commitment as designer and consultants to understand how human experience is influenced by the built environment.

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Show Me the Meaning! Designing the Not-for-Profit Workplace.

Purchased at a local home improvement store, the staff mailboxes at Habitat for Humanity’s Twin Cities headquarters are evocative of the organization’s commitment to improving lives through residential housing. Photo by Jasper Sanidad.

As part of a blog series exploring Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Surveys, this post examines findings specific to the Not-for-Profit sector, and how high performance workplaces support how—and why—people work.

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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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A Workplace Designed for the Innovation Economy

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Fueled by new technologies, global markets, urbanization and changing demographics, the ability to drive new innovation is becoming an essential requirement for organizations to stay competitive today. The subject of innovation has dominated publications like the Harvard Business Review over the past five years, producing a steady stream of articles on subjects like “how to achieve innovation,” “how to find radical innovation” or “how to use clever collaboration to achieve innovation” every issue. All the signs point to the same realization… disrupt or be disrupted is the ethos of our time.

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