The Open Office Environment in 2017

By: Rhonda Wessel The open office as we know it is ever evolving and changing to meet the needs of today’s employees.  More collaboration is taking place in the office.  What makes the design of the open office different in 2017 than 5 years ago or even 10 years ago? Technology has evolved to make our work spaces more flexible. … Read More

Workplace Planning and Psychology

By: Catie Sterling While beginning to work on some major office area renovations, my team has to discuss several different factors based on our client, such as the existing space they’re working in, their wants vs. needs, technology, collaboration styles, etc.  Floor Plans & Freud: The Psychology of Workplace Planning, an article from Interiors & Sources’ Continuing Education Series, dives… Read More

Collaboration in the Lab Environment

By: Yasha Ogg With the shift in the workplace to a collaborative environment, research laboratories are starting to become more open with multiple bays of research areas. Traditional laboratories were designed for safety, broad range of experiments, and were easily repeatable. Each laboratory had the same utilities for water, gases, and waste. In terms of workstations, usually there is a… Read More

Why Workplace Design Alone Can’t Advance Ones Performance

By: Jill Mendoza Some will say Workplace Design is just another passing trend for companies who are trying to be “cool”, innovative or enticing in their efforts for attracting top talent. Others will claim that you cannot advance the performance of your organization without it….. First, I hope that most who know us will know that we are experts in… Read More

NeoCon 2015 Top Trends & Product Picks

By: Lindsay Ferro & Yvonne Rush Top Trends: Bringing power to the people; ie. mobile power stations and systems to carry power throughout a space. See below in our Top Picks for a few. Residential inspired office spaces are still a big trend this year. With all of the different working applications & benching, this year we saw many desking… Read More

HELP! I need somebody…not just anybody!

by: Amanda Medlen As my turn for a blog topic was coming due I went back and forth on a few topics…one topic, that I had been just simply thinking about recently and then another topic from an article I JUST read. Then as I was trying to decide my direction, I thought, why not combine them together! First the… Read More

The Balance of Openness

By:  Julie Knight Today, more than 70% of employees work in an open office environment. This idea of openness in the workplace in order to be more collaborative with other employees and to advance knowledge sharing of information and increase innovation and productivity has made a big impact in the office.  But the impact of all this limpidity has created… Read More

Office Design Trends to Boost Engagement and Performance

By: Jill Mendoza Recognizing that engagement has a profound influence on performance, forward-thinking companies are working creatively and diligently to raise their own employees’ level of engagement through a variety of initiatives. Office design is often an important component of their efforts. In a recent interview with Bizwomen Magazine IDO was asked to share some of the trends that are changing… Read More

Is Privacy in the Workplace Important?

By: Rhonda Wessel Steelcase has a great article in their 360 degree Magazine online on The Privacy Crisis, Issue 68.  Steelcase did research on how working in an open office environment affects employee engagement and surveyed employees from around the world on privacy in the workplace.  It talks about how lack of privacy in an open office or collaborative working… Read More

Workplace design for today’s “knowledge worker”:

By: Jill Mendoza We all know when the design industry claims the design of the workplace impacts performance, employee engagement and innovation the underlining intent of this message can be received with suspicion due to the pretext of self-promotion. And, rightly so, for there is an overabundance of literature and survey’s, mainly from the industry, on this subject.  As a consumer of… Read More