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  • An Ergonomic Setup Guide: Sit-to-Stand Workstation

    With the workplace changing, now more than ever, there is a focus on health and wellness. Research shows that moving throughout the day increases workplace satisfaction and morale, while reducing discomfort, ultimately decreasing employee absenteeism. Height-adjustable tables play an increasingly important role in contemporary office planning, offering flexibility, personalization and advanced ergonomic performance. Get tips…

  • What’s Good for People?

    Moving From Wellness to Well-Being

    Like our planet’s resources, human resources are not infinite. They are not even abundant. In fact, good talent is becoming less abundant all the time. In the wake of the Great Recession, employees are bummed out, burned out and stressed out. While asking them to do more with less may have constituted a survival strategy over the past several years, it is neither sustainable nor in the organization’s best interest in the long run. Read more…

  • Future-Proofing the Startup Office: The Startup Journey

    By Knoll

    For startups, creating the physical environment is rarely a perfect journey. But as companies scale there are important environmental considerations that exist to ensure the environment performs today and avoids pitfalls tomorrow… Find Out More

  • Five Trends That Are Dramatically Changing Work and the Workplace

    by Joe Aki Ouye, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Partner New Ways of Working, LLC

    According to a recent benchmarking study by our research consortium, The New Ways of Working, many organizations are formalizing “Alternative Workplace” programs that combine nontraditional work practices, settings and locations. Almost half of the surveyed organizations have started an alternative workplace program within the past two years and a large majority within the past five years… Read More

  • Benching – An Important Piece of Today’s Workplace

    by Terry Carroll, Senior Product and Market Intelligence Manager, Kimball Office

    Benching is relatively new to North America; in fact, it’s only been around since the early part of the 21st century. The recent recession and lingering economic challenges driving cost reductions, combined with a strong emphasis on collaboration and increased focus on sustainable office design, are all powerful forces behind the emergence of workplace benching. The convergence of these three factors has placed benching in the spotlight as an important part of today’s workplace. There are multiple benching solutions available in the market today… Read More

  • Shaping the Dynamic Workplace – An Overview of Recent Knoll Research

    by Knoll, Inc.

    Five drivers are rapidly changing the nature of work, including employee demographics, technology, collaboration, workstyle flexibility and choice, and sustainability. These trends affect how work gets done − which in turn will drive significant changes in the way the physical workspace is designed and managed. The trends also highlight how management practices, work policies, technology and physical workspaces will become increasingly interconnected to create a high performing work environment… Read More

  • Fundamentals of Workplace Strategy

    by Tim Springer, PhD for Kimball Office

    Much has been written about strategy and workplaces under many titles: alternative workplace strategy, strategic facility planning, alternative officing, etc. The overall goal of this paper is to critically examine what
    we know about workplace strategy and present that knowledge clearly, representing the voice of reason… Read More

  • The Metrics of Distributed Work – Financial and Performance Benefits of an Emerging Work Model

    by Tracy D. Wymer Vice President, Workplace Strategy and Dr. Michael O’Neill Senior Director, Workplace Research Knoll, Inc.

    In many companies, employees are working in an increasingly social, mobile, and collaborative fashion. The conventional, boilerplate office programs and spaces that most of us are familiar with were never intended to support the complexity and unpredictability of these new work patterns… Read More

  • Ergonomics for Healthcare Environments

    by Tim Springer, Ph.D., President, HERO, Inc.

    Healthcare as an industry and as a work environment presents a unique set of circumstances, opportunities and challenges for applying ergonomics. This report is intended to work as a companion piece to the PowerPoint presentation of the same name. In it you will find background, research, references and discussion of the issues surrounding the application of ergonomics to healthcare environments… Read More

  • Supporting Generation Y at Work – Implications for Business

    by Knoll, Inc.

    This report presents insights from studies on Gen Y conducted by Knoll as well as our ongoing learning from customers. We have found that this generation (born between 1979 and 1997) has different attitudes, work styles and expectations of the physical work environment than do other generations. In this paper we discuss: the values and characteristics of this generation, implications for business, and aspects of the workspace that are important to Gen Y… Read More

  • Rethinking the Office Landscape – Storage as a Strategic Tool

    by Tracy D. Wymer, Senior Director, Research, Strategy, Media, Knoll, Inc.

    The days of one-size-fits-all, single-task job functions are behind us in the modern workplace. As a result, the office requires a three dimensional, dynamic model that supports a broader range of activities than ever before. Today’s office requires “topography,” creating a rhythm physically supportive of the work, and a visual diversity that stimulates the workforce. The need is to balance the open with the enclosed, the collaborative with the personal. And the desire is to have all of this coexist in a holistic model that is in sync with the business process… Read More

  • Change Management – Rules for Effective Work in the Open Office

    by Knoll, Inc.

    Rules for Etiquette in the Open Office. An organization’s decision to move from private to open office space is sometimes driven by cost considerations but is more typically linked to strategic goals. Businesses want to enhance the flexibility of their work space, to reshape the environment to meet evolving business needs, to support collaboration, or to reduce hierarchy. Employees can benefit such a move in terms of reduced hierarchy, improved collaboration and a greater sense of belonging to the organization… Read More

  • Magnet Space – Space that Attracts Users

    by Tracy D. Wymer, Senior Director, Research, Strategy, Media, Knoll, Inc.

    Collaboration between individuals is commonly viewed as the critical link to innovation, and encouraging collaboration fosters innovation. Today, companies are faced with a challenge: what is the right kind of collaborative space for their team? What is the key to channeling the collective wisdom of a group into productive output for company growth? Knoll has conducted extensive research in an effort to determine what types of collaborative space – “magnet space” – are appropriate. Though many factors will influence the effectiveness of collaboration… Read More

  • The Emerging Law Firm Practice

    by Tracy D. Wymer, Senior Director, Research, Strategy, Media, Knoll, Inc

    This report highlights the emerging changes in law firm practices as observed by Knoll from discussions with (1) architects and designers that specialize in planning for law firms and (2) administrators that manage large law firms in the United States. The practice of law is changing. As the variables of demographics, competition, global service and mobile work possibilities are impacting the profession, change is occurring through the dynamic integration of people, work processes and the workplace. This mix is critical in today’s legal office, where attorneys must efficiently manage a global team in a collaborative effort… Read More

  • The Voice of Mobile Workers – Translating Practices, Relationships and Components into Effective Workplaces

    by Camille D. Venezia, Director of Workforce Research, Knoll, Inc.

    Supporting work-life balance, attracting and retaining talent, improving job satisfaction and managing global deployment are challenges that organizations face today. To meet these challenges effectively, companies are increasingly embracing mobile work strategies. As a result, Knoll, Inc. has been engaged in a long term study to explore, from the employee perspective, how organizations can successfully provide… Read More

  • Evidence-Based Design Recommendations for Nursing Stations

    study conducted by Knoll Research and Ellerbe Becket

    Hospitals today are the centerpiece of healthcare delivery around the world. There are many factors driving the need to increase the quality of hospital spaces and in particular nursing spaces. A key driver is the tremendous and costly turnover in nursing staff. Nursing staff satisfaction is closely linked to quality of patient care and satisfaction. It follows that nurses need to be supported with a workspace that is conducive not only to their functional work requirements, but also their psychological needs and health… Read More

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