Workspace Change

How to Make Workplace Change Easier

Resistance to change is an innate part of being human. When it comes to changing a workplace, this human element must be considered. Understanding what drives and motivates people is an essential part of a successful move.

Leadership should take an intentional approach when dealing with each of the following factors that employees are driven by: data, emotion, financials, or a combination of all three. By considering these factors and the adoption tendencies of employees, workspace change will go from a stressful nightmare to a refreshing opportunity.

Read about these factors and other variables of workspace change in the full article from FMJ here.

7 Factors of Great Office Design

7 Factors of Great Office Design

Does your workspace reflect your business’s core values? Whether you value transparency, quiet, interaction, focus or collaboration, your workspace has the power to be one of your strongest business tools.

Take a look at HLW International’s 7 Attributes of Workspaces continuum to find the best balance between workspace attributes for your team. By asking the right questions, your workspace can transform the way your company reaches its goals.

Read the full article from Harvard Business Review here.

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Sit/Stand Desks: The Answer to “Sitting Disease”?

As an increasing number of Americans spend their days sitting at a work computer, the threat of “sitting disease” rises. Companies are looking for solutions to keep their employees healthy and happy – and sit/stand desks just might be the solution. The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) explores this issue and when sit/stand desks are the answer.

Read the full article from FMJ here.

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Bill Baldwin, managing principal at Cresa Denver, and Lynda Schroer, owner and principal at BGL.

BGL Merges with Cresa Denver

BGL is excited to announce that we have merged with real estate firm Cresa Global Inc. after working in a shared office space with their Denver operations since 2014. The Boston-based commercial real estate firm represents tenants only and shares our commitment to acting in the best interest of our clients. This merger will allow us collectively to grow as a result of our widened resources, complementary services and common mission.

BGL will now act as a subsidiary of Cresa Denver. Our combined firm moved into a new office space in downtown Denver earlier this year.

Read the full article from bizjournals.com here.

Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration

Designing Spaces for Creative Collaboration

Have you thought much how your workspace can help or hinder creativity?  What about examining if creating a space for active posture can help collaboration among employees? Check out this podcast and transcript of an interview with Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft, co-directors of the Environments Collaborative at the Stanford University d.school and authors of Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration and consider how your workspace measures up.

 

 

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Engaging Your Workforce to Create a Magnetic Workspace

How do employers bridge the generational gap between Baby Boomers and Millennials? What lessons can we learn from the successful workspaces of companies like Google and Apple? These are the questions posed in an article by Greg Dekker, Director of Workspace Strategy for Teknion, for liveinthegrey.com. In it, he argues that there are 5 steps in creating a magnetic workspace that will appeal to younger workers.

  1. Ask! Before making unilateral plans, ask your employees what they think about your plans. Their answers might surprise you and they may have insights of which you are unaware.
  2. Engage! Think of engaging as the follow-up to asking. It’s a collaborative process of implementing a plan that your team can build together.
  3. Discard Assumptions! Set aside what you know and start at square one. What was true in 1990 may not be true anymore.
  4. Journey Outside the Box! Be open to new ideas that could ‘magnetize workers.’
  5. Ask Again! Now that your workspace project is complete, follow up with your employees on a regular basis. What’s working? What’s not working? How can we improve?

Click here for the full article

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Is Square Footage Per Person Still Relevant?

In an article for workdesign.com, publisher Bob Fox examines the changing nature of workspaces and how this effects our measures of efficiency in those spaces. Fox argues that square feet per person, the long-standing measure of workspace efficiency, is no longer the most relevant factor when considering modern work environments. “Today, SF/person is a measure that has lost much of its value and doesn’t really give us a clear picture of what we need to know, which is how well the workplace is performing,” Fox writes. Flexible spaces, communal work areas, non-traditional work hours and remote commuting are just some of the factors that affect our measures of space optimization.

Think of a company that has employees who work remotely 50% of the time. The same company has collaborative meeting spaces, teleconferencing capabilities and easily customizable seats. Is the best way to determine if this company is using their space efficiently to take their total square footage and divide by the number of employees? Probably not.

Read the full article from workdesign.com here