Wendy Betel Heller

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Moving Beyond Open Plan Spaces - what's ahead!

Recently, numerous articles within the design media have called into question the effectiveness of open plan workspaces. A more critical inquiry into …

Employees Perform Better When They Can Control Their Space

If you want to build a culture of high performance, start by taking a look at your office environment. It matters more than you may realize.<p>As co-CEO of the design and architectural firm Gensler, I’ve spent my career designing workplaces and studying the link between design and business …

How Your Miserable Open Office Might Change This Year

Will 2015 be the year that we finally rethink open office layouts? Here are the workspace trends we’re watching this year.<p>Hate your open office?<p>2015 may be your year.<p>Open concept office floor plans have characterized modern offices for the past several years. But dissatisfaction with these wide …

Google Didn't "Get it Wrong": A Deeper Look into that Recent WaPo Piece about Open Offices

<i>In the wake of the latest diatribe against open office plans, Kay Sargent, director of workplace strategies for Lend Lease, says the vitriol is</i> …

When One Size Does Not Fit All: Rethinking the Open Office

Workplace design has undergone a radical transformation in the last several decades, with approximately seventy percent of today’s modern offices now …

What makes us feel good about our work?

What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by …

Self-improvement

Make data more human

Jer Thorp creates beautiful data visualizations to put abstract data into a human context. At TEDxVancouver, he shares his moving projects, from …

The beauty of data visualization

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that …

Why work doesn't happen at work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) …

Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work

Popular business author Dan Pink picks his 5 favorite TED Talks on how to find greater success at work.

How great leaders inspire action

Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question "Why?" His examples …

How Connecting the Field Improves Customer Satisfaction

Field service organizations are well aware of the benefits of mobile technology, having been among its earliest adopters. But deploying technology …

20 Reasons to Let Your Employees Work From Home

I’ve been a big fan of working from home over the years. Even though I go to the office on an almost-daily basis, I find that when I work from home I’m able to get a lot more accomplished.<p>As I research this for my company as a possible option, I find that there are a lot of reasons why it’s good …

CBRE's New Way Of Working

With a Little Focus You Can Turn Workplace Distractions to Your Advantage

Focus, focus -- but the person in the office across the hall is blasting Iggy Azalea, and it’s impossible to tune out the high-pitched chatter in the room next door. How is anyone getting any work done with all of these distractions?<p>It’s true, the average worker cannot go more than 11 minutes …

Top 20 Most Annoying Buzzwords and Phrases in the Workplace

Corporate jargon and buzzwords are common in the workplace, but could they be clouding your message and confusing your colleagues? In this slideshow from Accountemps, learn the top 20 most annoying and overused business buzzwords or phrases in the workplace.

Workers should help design workplace

When I envision the workplace of the future, it looks a lot like my couch, only with several soft-serve ice-cream machines attached and a rather handsome (though not more handsome than I am) robot doing my work.<p>Call me a dreamer if you wish, but don't mock the exercise of pondering the ideal …

The Power of Team Collaboration in the Workplace

Recent research by Cornerstone On Demand shows 38 percent of workers feel there is not enough collaboration in the workplace. Factors that would encourage collaboration, according to participants of the study, include positive recognition of input shared (50 percent), encouragement from senior …

The State of the American Workplace: 2004 - 2014

An in-depth look at the changing I) Technology II) Key Demographics III) Values & IV) Data Analytics shaping our workplace.

Why Introverts Are The New Power Players In The Digital Age

You might even call it the “revenge of the nerds.” After decades of being ignored and run over during the eras of in-your-face marketing and one-way conversations, introverts are becoming the power players of the Digital Age.<p>Today’s successful marketing is an environment that favors thoughtfulness …

Creative Thinking Exercises: 8 Steps to Workplace Creativity

A while back I rounded up a lot of the research and posted my four fundamental rules for increasing creativity.<p>But those aren’t all easy to do at the …

How to Future Proof Your Workplace

Technology has enabled us to work anywhere and the locations of work have extended beyond the office building, into a variety of public spaces, fundamentally altering how space is used over time, by blurring the boundaries between corporate, retail, hospitality and residential uses. This suggests …

The Workplace

Brainstorming Doesn’t Work; Try This Technique Instead

Ever been in a meeting where one loudmouth’s mediocre idea dominates? Then you know brainstorming needs an overhaul.<p>Brainstorming, in its current form and by many metrics, doesn’t work as well as the frequency of “team brainstorming meetings” would suggests it does.<p>Early ideas tend to have …