Spaces that Work – Workspace Etiquette

With many clients going through workspace transformations, we’re frequently asked about workplace etiquette guidelines. As with any change, a new workspace – often with greater openness -  requires some conscious adjustment. While each company, culture and space is different, below are a few tips to help champion good etiquette in the workplace. REDUCING DISTRACTION: Most complaints about the open office center on noise and distractions since sound carries so easily. The office noise etiquette tips below can help to reduce noise: Remember to modulate your voice and not use speaker phones If noise bothers you, utilize headphones when appropriate Take advantage [...]

2019-11-08T22:43:53+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Research, Trends|Tags: , , , |

Spaces that Work – Fall Favorites

We’re kicking off September with a snapshot of some of our favorite pieces of NeoCon 2019's new furniture that are available now for order. Knoll Ollo: Today’s workplace promotes people moving from one space to another – from solo work to team get-togethers. Knoll’s new light task chair – the Ollo – is designed specifically for improvisation and spontaneity - -with endless design possibilities.   Muuto Relate Side Table: If you’ve been searching for an elegant solution to the side or pull-up table – look no further. Muuto offers a complete lifestyle brand with everything from chairs and tables to rugs, mirrors [...]

2019-11-08T22:02:23+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Solutions, Trends|Tags: , , , |

Spaces that Work – the ABCs of Acoustics

For all the benefits: increased collaboration, engagement and knowledge sharing; open offices bring acoustical challenges that can have a profound impact on the productivity, health and wellness and overall effectiveness of employees, a company’s greatest asset. Fortunately, there are numerous acoustic design strategies to create an acoustically balanced environment. Knoll Workplace Research has coined this the ABCs of office acoustics solutions: Absorb, Block, Cover. A - ABSORB: Minimize noise by absorbing sound with the use of porous materials such as suspended ceiling tiles, soft carpet, acoustical wall panels and fabric and draperies. B- BLOCK: Manage noise via sound avoidance through smart space [...]

2019-10-26T00:33:30+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Design, News, Research|Tags: , , , |

NeoCon 2019

NeoCon 2019 brought into sharper focus many of the themes we first saw emerge in 2018. Almost all manufacturers highlighted a variety of settings across focus and collaboration, the blurred line between work and play and the importance of hospitality, wellbeing, flexibility, and access to power. We may be biased but Knoll’s new showroom in Fulton Market blew it out of the park when it came to showcasing best-in-class planning strategies along with vibrant, enduring and elevated design - or as Florence Knoll called it “total design”. Below were our key takeaways from this design convention. BOTH/AND One big “aha” from our [...]

2019-10-26T00:26:05+00:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Solutions|Tags: , , |

Spaces That Work – Across Generations

A conversation that impacts our clients as much as our own office, is how to best design and deliver a workspace that supports the five generations that comprise today’s workforce (Traditionalists or Maturists (before 1945), Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964) Gen X (1965-1976), Gen Y or Millennials (1977-1997), Gen Z (after 1997). Broadly speaking, each of the 5 generations in the workplace have their own sets of values, work habits, communication and technology preferences and stereotypes. And while it is important to recognize and understand the differences, tensions and why one work space won’t work for the other…. ...good workplace [...]

2019-10-26T00:23:03+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Research, Trends|Tags: , |

Spaces that Work – Healthier Workspaces

Ergonomics is a term that is frequently used, but has many meanings. We know it plays a fundamental role in the health and performance of people and is closely tied to an individual’s wellness. But in today’s competitive market for talent, a company’s commitment to focusing on wellness is just the first step. They must also begin to think about the general wellness of employees, and Holistic Ergonomics plays a large role in that. Below please find 10 tips from our partner, Knoll, for creating a healthier more holistically ergonomic workspace. Making even a few small tweaks to office furnishings or [...]

2019-11-08T23:19:07+00:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Research, Trends|Tags: , |

Spaces that Work – Shared Spaces

Across industries and space planning approaches, shared spaces are increasingly integral to every workplace. Well planned shared spaces not only give employees a choice in where and how they work, but they also connect people to their space and each other. Open plan workspaces may take be tailored to specific activities or blur the lines and transform at a moment’s notice. Sheehans has adopted Knoll’s strategic approach to shared workspace office planning and follows an iterative and dynamic process to first identity the types of settings that support the work best e.g. (individual focus, secluded collaboration, team meetings, assembly, community interaction), [...]

2019-10-26T00:29:25+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Research, Solutions, Trends|Tags: , , |

Spaces that Work – Acoustics

We're kicking off the new year with a new series titled Spaces that Work. It combines the hot topics of space planning and the latest research with real world solutions that we are talking about with our clients every day. In this edition, we're tackling an important one, Acoustical Privacy. We've all seen the pendulum swing to open plan and despite some of the backlash (read the Harvard Business Review's "Unintended Effects of the Open Office" if you haven't), given the cost of real estate we don't see it changing any time soon. From the MMQB to the Wall Street Journal, [...]

2019-11-08T22:38:50+00:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Research, Solutions|Tags: , , , |

A Few Of Our Favorite Things – October

It’s time for A Few of our Favorite Things Here's our monthly rundown of our some of our 5 favorite office furniture solutions. These are our go-to selections that designers, project managers, and most importantly, our clients, are loving. 1. KNOLL K.LOUNGE: We’re always exploring new modular lounge options, but keep coming back to this one. The line is comprehensive, flexible and versatile and has a simple, clean look that can’t be beat. 2. KIMBALL PAIRINGS: Another super versatile lounge collection, this one spans from seats and sofas to full modular lounge. Our new favorite application, steps, which allow spaces to [...]

2019-11-08T23:08:40+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Solutions, Trends|Tags: , |

NeoCon 2018 – 50 Years of Tomorrow’s Design

Inspired by our recent trip to NeoCon, the commercial design industry's annual event, we wanted to share a few themes we believe are most applicable to our market and our clients. MODERN WARMTH Across our favorite showrooms, notably Knoll and Kimball, there was a common design aesthetic – Scandinavian mid-century modern office furniture with a human touch. Simple, clean modern lines made more approachable with the incorporation of wood, curves, natural elements and touches of color. MIX IT UP We've heard a lot about flexibility, adaptability and the importance of multi-use spaces. One execution of this we look forward to putting into [...]

2019-11-08T22:57:06+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: News, Solutions, Trends, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |