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Is The Open-Office Trend Reversing Itself?

Employers spent years knocking down their walls. Now they are slowly building them back up.<p>In an effort to conserve space, improve employee communications, and save money, many companies became gung-ho about open-office designs in the last several years. At more and more workplaces today, you’ll …

Ergonomics

How to Co-work beautifully

Co-working and office hubs are now the norm as more people freelance and larger companies realise the potential health in flexi-time. However, …

Small Business

Design Your Office to Fulfill Employees' Most Basic Needs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the war for talent, savvy companies understand that office space is both a key component of their recruiting strategy and a platform they can use to amplify their culture. One way to design a space that will become a competitive …

Employee Engagement

Why We Need to Rethink Open Offices | Inc.com

<i>This story first appeared on the Huffington Post.</i><p>One morning last week, I arrived at my desk -- one of the hundreds arranged in long rows throughout the Huffington Post newsroom -- and instinctively took out my earbuds.<p>"What kind of music do you listen to?" my coworker Alex asked me.<p>I hadn't had …

The Workplace

The Office Space Isn't Dead, It's Making A Comeback

Over the past few years there have been many discussions around the death and disappearance of the office. Most believed that with co-working locations, the spread of Wi-Fi and mobility, and the rise of co-working locations that there would be no need for an office anymore. We would all work from …

The Workplace

Does Your Office Need To Ditch The Ping-Pong Table?

Tech startups have become famous for their “cool” office spaces replete with “adult toys” like climbing walls, razor scooters and ping-pong tables. But how can companies strike the right balance between creating a fun, collaborative office space and one that is too lax and distracts employees from …

Living Rooms

This Green, Light-Filled Office Makes You Feel Like You’re Working Outdoors

You’re basically outside, minus all the nasty weather.<p>Working at a table in the main section of a new research center outside Jaipur, India–surrounded by palm trees, with light flooding in from the all-glass ceiling and walls–is meant to feel basically like you’re sitting outside, minus the …

Living Rooms

How Facebook Keeps Employees Happy in the World's Largest Open Office

Here's how the social networking service makes its massive, single-building office space work to bolster productivity, collaboration, and creativity.<p>Today, when considering a place to plant yourself as a business or an employee, you'll inevitably run up against the question of whether open office …

OpenOffice

Does Your Startup Really Need A Physical Office?

When you think of a growing small business, you probably envision an office with a handful of people, interacting through brainstorming sessions, meetings, and casual conversations by the water cooler. But this familiar scene is starting to change, and it’s becoming easier than ever for startups to …

The Workplace

In The Office Of The Future, You’ll Scale A Climbing Wall To Harvest Your Lunch

Should the workplace be a “destination” that promotes healthy living?<p>By 2025, your office might look a little like a high-tech greenhouse: When you look at the plants growing near your desk, your augmented reality contact lenses could tell you which of them you should harvest for lunch based on …

The Workplace

2017 Top Workplace Design Trends | Inc.com

Workplace design is an ever-evolving art as much as a science. From their physical layout -- closed vs. open spaces, for example -- to the color of the walls and the arc of the lighting, scientists and designers are constantly at work to improve American offices for the planet, human health, and …

The Workplace

How To Focus And Stay Productive In A Noisy Open Office

Open offices are all the rage these days, particularly among the cubical-averse. Yet, while open offices have a lot to offer a workplace in terms of productivity and sociability, they also present a host of challenges.<p>One of these challenges is the noise, and it’s quickly becoming the biggest …

The Workplace

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

A year ago, my boss announced that our large New York ad agency would be moving to an open office. After nine years as a senior writer, I was forced to trade in my private office for a seat at a long, shared table. It felt like my boss had ripped off my clothes and left me standing in my …

It’s Time to Bring Back the Office Cubicle

I’ve had it with the modern-day open office: bright fluorescent lights; fish-bowl distracting conference rooms that always leaves you wondering who …

OpenOffice

Makeblock's Lego-like 'Neuron' teaches kids robotics and code

Makeblocks, a company known for kid-friendly robotics and DIY hovercraft-drones, is launching a new gadget-building platform called Neuron. It's like Lego meets Littlebits -- you get over 30 blocks with different functions that kids can snap together and then program to create science experiments …

Co-Work Angel Workspace by PENSON

London-based Co-Work offers entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses shared workspaces with all the bells and whistles of a big corporation but …

Can’t Focus In Your Open Office? Wrap Yourself In This New Cocoon To Tune Out Distraction

No one can sneak up behind you now.<p>What if, instead of crouching over your desk in an open office, you could kick back in a cocoon-like space where no one could sneak up behind you and start talking? At the very least, you’d probably be more productive.<p>Steelcase, the office furniture company, will …

Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks

Which active desk designs are best for your body and mind? Read on.<p>If it wasn’t already clear through common sense, it’s become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What’s especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn’t …

Ergonomics

Why People Thrive in Coworking Spaces

Shonagh Rae<p>There seems to be something special about coworking spaces. As researchers who have, for years, studied how employees thrive, we were surprised to discover that people who belong to them report levels of thriving that approach an average of 6 on a 7-point scale. This is at least a point …

Ann Arbor

How to build an open office culture

If you were hoping to be an early adopter of the open office, you’ve missed the boat – and the second boat and the one after that. As of 2010, nearly 70 percent of American offices were employing some version of the open-office plan. Companies like Facebook and Google have been waving the no-walls …

Optimal office design is worth the investment

Most executives would agree that successful businesses are the result of great people. What many fail to realize is that great people need the right environments to thrive.<p>Today, some of the most competitive organizations are comprised of diverse talent: abstract creative thinkers, data-driven …

People who work in offices should stand for 2 hours a day

Are you sitting down? In that case, you should probably stand up before reading this.<p>In the first advice of its kind, British experts are …

6 Ways to Make Your Office Look Awesome | Inc.com

The truth is that having a great office is important if you want to attract and retain top talent, especially those that have their choice of where to work.<p>But you don't have to spend a lot of money to make your office look awesome. Here are a few things that you can use to turn any office into a …

OpenOffice

An Apple construction worker told us the new spaceship HQ may change building standards in the US

Construction is well underway on Apple Campus 2, Apple's planned new Cupertino headquarters. No expense is being spared on the futuristic building, nicknamed the "spaceship" and costing an estimated $5 billion. Due to be completed at the end of 2016, it will accommodate 12,000 employees and …

Architecture

Why WeWork really might be a $10 billion company

Analyst Ben Thompson lays out the bear and bull cases for the company in his newsletter today.<p>It's easy to see WeWork as a risky real-estate arbitrage play — it finds office space in hot markets while it's still relatively cheap, mainly by being an anchor tenant in new developments, then sells it …

Real Estate

With 40 People In 20+ Countries, This Startup Wants To Make Physical Offices Irrelevant

The maker of Todoist dreams that even huge corporations can let employees work from wherever. But it’s starting with itself.<p>A network of far-flung employees wasn’t what Amir Salihefendic had in mind when he created Todoist more than eight years ago.<p>Salihefendic, who fled Bosnia when he was six …

Startups

Your Office Revolution Should Start With What Your Employees Need

Open-plan offices and specific "perks" that seemed great in other people's businesses may not work for yours, and your real concern for that big office plan should be in what makes your worker strongest<p>Ever since interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright suggested (as cited in the Way We Work Isn't …

Ergonomics

How smart workplaces increase performance and attractiveness

The workplace can and should be used as a strategic tool to support work and cooperation, to shape the experience of the brand and to produce …

The Workplace

This high-tech office will give everyone their own thermal bubble

Carlo Ratti is not a fan of the term "smart city."<p>The director of MIT's SENSEable City Lab believes the term favours technology over people. In his …

Sensor technology can improve office design and create happier employees, says Haworth

<b>Haworth white papers:</b> sophisticated sensors could contribute to a healthier and happier workforce by tracking the way offices are used and adjusting …