Serenity Now! How To Minimize Distractions In An Open Office

Posted by Mari Silipo

Cubicles have long been the ubiquitous symbol of drab nine-to-five office life, but now the solitary gray workstations are being seen in a new light as open office floor plans receive increasingly negative press. With companies opting to seat clusters of employees at long tables in lieu of sequestered cubes, many workers are complaining of constant interruption and distraction, causing concern with managers over dips in  productivity and overall employee satisfaction.

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5 Awesome Offices to Inspire Your Redesign

Posted by Becca Cachion

When redesigning an office, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are countless websites and blogs devoted to showcasing impressive office designs. But with so many factors to consider, how do you determine what will work best for your space and company?

Studies show that an office’s design has a direct impact on employee satisfaction and productivity, making the key to any successful workplace makeover a synthesis of function and aesthetics. But no matter how many design industry reports you read, it won’t change the fact that because every space and company are different, there is no right or wrong way to design an office.

To help you narrow in on what will be right for your redesign, we've pulled together five interiors we love, with tips on how to emulate their design successes in your own space.

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Flexible Workspaces: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Posted by Mari Silipo

 There’s a lot of talk out there about how office design can motivate employees and improve their productivity. As a result, companies are investing more and more in creating interesting, custom-branded spaces. However, even if your office has been professionally decorated, you may not be getting the most out of your space when it comes to employee comfort and workflow.

Technology continues to increase mobility and flexibility in the way we work. Our offices should be designed accordingly. By creating a flexible, fluid space that support our mobile workdays, you can better utilize each square foot in your office while actively facilitating employee productivity and well-being.

In this post, we’ll breakdown why flexible workspaces matter and how you can create one in your office.

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How to Use Natural Elements to Create a Productive Office Space

Posted by Mari Silipo

There are tons of ideas flying around about what makes workers productive. Is it what we eat, how we organize our workspaces, or is it more about where we work?

It turns out, our work environments influence our productivity and general well-being. Employees who work in offices with biophilic design elements report a 13% higher well-being and are 8% more productive than those who work in environments without them, according to a report commissioned by Interface, a modular flooring company.

Bringing elements of nature into the workplace can have lasting results for employees. Here's how to incorporate them into your space:

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Office Sweet Office: 3 Ways to Bring the Comforts of Home into the Workplace

Posted by Mari Silipo

With our mobile workforce estimated to reach 1.3 billion globally in 2015, the 9 to 5 workday is poised to join floppy disks and cubicle farms as a relic of our professional past. However, despite the fact that workers don’t need to be in the office to do their job, it remains generally true that they are most productive when they are.

To strike a balance between these two professional realities, employers are undertaking a fundamental shift in their approach to office design: if the workplace is no longer a place people have to be, it should be a place they want to be.

Likewise, as technology continues to make how, where, and when we do our jobs more flexible, employer expectations must follow suit. From Facebook chatting during office hours to answering work emails at 10pm on a Saturday, the distinctions between work life and personal life are becoming increasingly difficult to discern, and as a result, modern offices are reflecting this more integrated work-life approach in a design trend dubbed “domesticating the workplace.”

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Those Damn Light Switches! Or Why Design Matters.

Posted by Jason Gracilieri

Thoughtful design is everywhere - in the products we use, the offices where we work, and of course, theplaces we call home.  At my company, we focus on the finishing touch to any great office design: artwork. Here I want to tell a brief personal story, not about artwork, but about what happens when you underestimate the importance of seemingly small design details.

Last year, my wife and I had the good fortune of finding a rundown old house in a fantastic neighborhood.  As an entrepreneur, I, of course, saw nothing but opportunity, so we took on a complete gut renovation.  For me, this was a crash course in the importance of truly thoughtful design.

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