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New Study Finds Major Reason Open Floor Plan Offices Are a Horrible Idea

When companies tell their employees they're about to adopt an open floor plan for their office, their main selling point (aside from the fact that …

The Workplace

The modern education system was designed to teach future factory workers to be “punctual, docile, and sober”

The education system as we know it is only about 200 years old. Before that, formal education was mostly reserved for the elite. But as industrialization changed the way we work, it created the need for universal schooling.<p>Factory owners required a docile, agreeable workers who would show up on …

Education

The Real Future of Work

Forget automation. The workplace is already cracking up in profound ways, and Washington is sorely behind on dealing with it.<p><b>In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues</b> filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Borland had worked there for the past 13 years as a …

The Workplace

#MeToo Has Debunked the ‘Lean In’ Philosophy

In the past decade, the concept of unleashing women’s inner “boss” has been in vogue. Seemingly everyone was peddling a conference, book, or …

Inside IBM Design: The era of fetishizing the process of design is finally ending

Can you teach an old company new tricks? IBM’s metamorphosis into the world’s largest design-oriented company hasn’t been easy. <i>The Loop</i>, a new documentary produced by digital design company InVision, gives an illuminating peek into how the 109-year old company is convincing staff that embracing a …

Design

How WeWork Became the Starbucks of Office Culture

WeWork insists that its operational prowess is something that competitors can't replicate.<p><i>Editor's note:</i> Inc. <i>magazine will announce its pick for Company of the Year on Monday, December 11. Here, we spotlight a contender for the title in 2017.​</i><p>WeWork has spent 2017 riding a rocketship.<p>The co-working …

WeWork

Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum

Silicon Valley seems to have lost a bit of its verve since the Presidential election. The streets of San Francisco—spiritually part of the Valley—feel less crowded. Coffee-shop conversations are hushed. Everything feels a little muted, an eerie quiet broken by chants of protesters. It even seems as …

Silicon Valley

Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation & Divergent Thinking

Awhile back, I began trying to delineate what needed to be in place for a teacher to really have the best chance of being innovative in their …

Innovation

How Design-Driven Innovation Will Surpass Technology in 2018

Looking ahead with digital design<p>When we think about innovation, most of us think about technology. The web is littered with articles about radical …

How To Find a Job You Love (Office Culture Truly Matters)

Find a job you truly love by discovering what a company is really like long before you join them.<p>Three in ten Americans say their job "is just a job to get them by," and a recent study by OfficeTeam suggests that American workers report being bored an average of 10.5 hours each week. Given that …

Employment

Want to be innovative? Stop chasing 'the next big thing' and think inside the box.

The hunt for creativity has become one of the hottest pursuits of our uber-connected, uber-productive culture. But while the cult of creativity often portrays creativity as a burst of spontaneous inspiration, the reality is that rediscovering and re-contextualizing old ideas is often more valuable …

Creativity

4 unmistakable signs it's time to leave your company

And the worst news of all? Toxicity in the workplace spreads like a virus.<p>"Before you know it," explain the authors, "you have caught the 'infection' and find yourself acting in ways that complement or replicate the very behaviors that are making you angry, frustrated, and/or depressed."<p>One study …

The Foundry

Project Info<p>In the River's Edge neighborhood, The Foundry is located at 600 E. Michigan Avenue in Kalamazoo. The 53,000 SF property is located at the …

The uncomfortable secret to creative success is “disequilibrium”

It’s a Wednesday morning in the IDEO San Francisco studio. Bright sunshine reflects off the Bay and through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But in the project space, the mood is darker.<p>The team is on week five of their project. They’ve been conducting tons of human-centered interviews and broad …

Creativity

The Future Of Work: 3 Jobs That Will Still Exist in 2030

What will jobs look like in 2030? Here are 3 jobs that will be vital to the future of work.<p>The American workplace has been undergoing a revolution over the past two decades. Between 1996 and 2016, U.S. jobs that were production-, transportation-, or office-based fell 11 percent; their managerial …

Freelancing

One in six workers moved jobs after experiencing 'inappropriate' behaviour

One in six people have changed jobs after experiencing “uncomfortable or inappropriate” behaviour in the workplace, a new study has found.<p>A survey of …

We Asked Men and Women to Wear Sensors at Work. They Act the Same but Are Treated Very Differently

Gender equality remains frustratingly elusive. Women are underrepresented in the C-suite, receive lower salaries, and are less likely to receive a critical first promotion to manager than men. Numerous causes have been suggested, but one argument that persists points to differences in men and …

Human Resources

Changing Company Culture Requires a Movement, Not a Mandate

Culture is like the wind. It is invisible, yet its effect can be seen and felt. When it is blowing in your direction, it makes for smooth sailing. When it is blowing against you, everything is more difficult.<p>For organizations seeking to become more adaptive and innovative, culture change is often …

What Makes Employees Feel Happiest at Work (It Isn't Salary)

Research shows that happiness among employees fuels performance and achievement, resulting in a competitive edge many companies crave.<p>In the book <i>The Happiness Advantage</i>, author Shawn Achor laid out an abundance of scientific evidence proving that "happiness is the precursor to success, not merely …

Employee Engagement

Eight Ways To Transform Your Company's Innovation Culture

With the world changing rapidly most corporate executives are starting to feel the pressure. There is a realization that beyond cost-cutting and operational efficiency, companies must also invest in developing their innovation pipeline. At the beginning, corporate leaders often reach for easy …

Innovation

You Can Never Build The Future By Looking To The Past

Innovation isn't like operations<p>"The biggest change you are going to see over the next year is that we want to bring our toy stores to life," newly minted Toys R Us CEO Dave Brandon told a reporter a little over a year ago. "I want kids to be dragging their parents to our stores because they want …

Innovation

Why Bain & Company Continues to Be the Best Employer

Why is Bain & Company so great to work for? Turns out, the reasons that make it the number one company to work for can apply to your team, too.<p>Bain & Company, the global business consultancy sure knows how to treat employees right. They have been ranked as the number one place to work in the United …

Employee Engagement

Google is really good at design

The nerds have finally figured it out.<p>There’s a past version of me who probably wouldn’t have believed that the devices Google announced at its fall …

Research Says Companies That Do This 1 Thing Increase Worker Productivity by 25 Percent

The surprising way companies can boost employee productivity today.<p>When we think productivity, we rarely think of workplace design as a major contributor or detractor, but compelling ongoing research shows that it plays a much larger role than initially thought. According to research published in …

The Workplace

Harvey Weinstein scandal illustrates why some women remain silent after workplace harassment

The mounting sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein have raised questions about why at least 17 women who are …

How to work from home and not burn out - TODAY.com

While working from home comes with many benefits, there's one big negative: It's harder to get away from the job at the end of the day.<p>British researchers found that working remotely is associated with greater job satisfaction and commitment to the employer. But there is a price to pay because our …

Work from Home

Top Workplace Issues for 2018 and How to Overcome Them

Workplace transformation affects how we work and impacts employees of all ages.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With 2018 just around the corner, it’s not too early to think about how the workplace is being transformed and the potential issues involved. …

The Workplace

Beware of Workplace Policies That Kill Motivation

Research explains why and how brevity often beats specificity in employee contracts.<p>For years, new hires at Nordstrom famously received a copy of the …

Stanford University

The rise of the corporate campus

My God … It’s heaven.<p>This was the thought Mae Holland had on her first tour of The Circle’s campus. The landscaping, exercise classes, cafeteria and …

Employment

Here's How WeWork Pinpoints the Perfect Locations for Its Co-Working Spaces in Neighborhoods

When evaluating potential office locations in new markets, the workspace provider doesn't just rely on luck.<p>8 min read<p><i>In this series,</i> <i>The Fix</i><i>,</i> Entrepreneur <i>Associate Editor Lydia Belanger shares her conversations with founders and executives whose solutions to inefficiencies can inspire others to</i> …

Real Estate