Spaces that Work – Workspace Etiquette

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

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 [...]

Spaces that Work – Fall Favorites

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

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 [...]

Spaces that Work – the ABCs of Acoustics

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

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 [...]

NeoCon 2019

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

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 [...]

Spaces That Work – Across Generations

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

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 [...]

Spaces that Work – Shared Spaces

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

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), [...]