As the ongoing debate on the merits or pitfalls of the open office has shown, there’s no “one size fits all” solution for workplace design. Leading companies know that customized solutions support the unique needs and tasks of their employees and feature inspiring details that help build company culture.
As workers are putting in longer hours and performing creativity- and knowledge-based duties more than ever, the office has become a venue for personal expression, rather than a purely functional space. In this month’s news aggregate, we explore how new research and the experiences of A&D professionals emphasize the benefits of personalized solutions in the workplace.
The Evolution of Customization
Participation in the design process builds deeper engagement, personal enjoyment and cultural meaning in the workplace. This month at NeoCon 2016, Coalesse invited the A&D community into the design process and explored the evolution of customization in the workplace with new designs and one-of-a-kind solutions. See the latest custom capabilities from Coalesse at NeoCon 2016 and share your feedback with us.
Research for Holistic Design
The Chicago Tribune asked five designers to predict the future of office spaces, including how data-driven design allows companies to tailor environments to the needs of their employees.These well-researched workplaces offer greater support to the people who use them, while reflecting the organization’s unique culture.
See more on how the open office is evolving to support the individual.
Tailored Environments Work Better
“Understanding the type of work happening throughout the workforce is critical,” said CannonDesign principal and design leader Robert Benson to Fast Company. Offering the right choices and environments for your organization can increase engagement, productivity, collaboration and creativity. And, as Massaud Collection designer Jean-Marie Massaud said, “It is important that people feel supported at work as so much of our lives are spent in the workplace.”
Work Design Magazine also weighs in on the benefits of the customized workplace as one company breaks down how they tailored their offices to six distinct styles of working they identified among their employees.
The new appreciation of the workplace as a primarily creative space and the effects of rapid technology advances have creating exciting new considerations for designers. Metropolis Magazine invites their readers to imagine how balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the organization will shape the spaces we work in with Tomorrow’s Workplace Design Competition.
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