In 2013, workplace design went mainstream. The public, from company leaders to the employees they courted, became increasingly aware of design’s power to unlock the positive potential of a workforce— and the resulting conversations were both compelling and controversial. From the open-office debate and emphasis on individual workstyles to the call for the end of telecommuting, it was a transitional year that demanded new solutions to replace outmoded thinking about the office. Through it all, our thought leaders shared their expertise. Check out a sampling of their best posts, and chime in with your own thoughts about the year in workplace.
In the wake of the Yahoo! telecommuting uproar, Rachel suggests organizations evaluate culture, performance, collaboration and other key considerations before implementing a similar policy.
Workplace Analytics: Mapping a Landscape of Interactions by Paul Schuette
We may know about analytics from Moneyball, but “big data” goes beyond creating winning teams. Learn about how Perkins+Will tracks space use in its San Francisco office and why mobile polling apps have an edge on the traditional workplace survey as a tool for measuring organizational performance.
Lights. Camera. Action!: What’s New in Workplace? by Lisa Pool
Lisa’s time in the spotlight with fellow workplace experts sparked some new observations about best practices–from the importance of accountability and co-working to the generational common ground around workplace preferences.
Not Your Parents’ Workplace: Thoughts on Designing for Innovation by Janice Barnes
Joining the conversation on the perks and perils of the open-plan office, Janice makes a compelling argument for the open office as facilitator of leveraged relationships, team energy, innovation and zest.
Who’s on First? Unlocking the Potential of Dispersed Teams by Rachel Casanova
Physical proximity can strengthen a team, but the success of a project need not hinge on it. Proving that dispersed teams offer their own unique advantages, this post offers suggestions for crafting a high-functioning virtual environment by using collaboration tools, embracing flow and remaining flexible.