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Deloitte’s 2018 Tech Trends: Not only informative, but georgous! 
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Deloitte’s 2018 Tech Trends: Not only informative, but georgous! 

"This 158 page report is chocked full of statistics, case studies, and sage advice about everything from what humans do better than computers, big data, blockchain, and some IT stuff you probably haven't even heard of yet but will be hearing about shortly. It's a bit overwhelming, but it's an important read for any organizational leader."

 

Source: www2.deloitte.com

This 158 page report is chocked full of statistics, case studies, and sage advice about everything from what humans do better than computers, big data, blockchain, and some IT stuff you probably haven't even heard of yet but will be hearing about shortly. It's a bit overwhelming, but it's an important read for any organizational leader.

 

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19 Dec 2017
Workplace inspiration from The Simpsons? Mad Men?
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Workplace inspiration from The Simpsons? Mad Men?

"We all have that one business from TV or film that we’d absolutely love to work for. Whether you’ve always dreamed of joining the accounts team of Dunder Mifflin, see your future pulling pints of Duff in Moe’s Tavern or want to spend your days making coffees in Central Perk, there’s always one business that you’d never want to leave."

 

Source: www.mybizdaq.com

I don't know if there's much to learn here, but if you're a fan of TV shows like The Office, Friends, Mad Men and the like, this site offers the lay of the land in the fictional design of these fictional workplaces.

 

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19 Dec 2017
Microsoft renovating Redmond campus to hold its appealy over time 
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Microsoft renovating Redmond campus to hold its appealy over time 

“We are building the kind of space we need for the future. We’re building for the employees here now and the eighth graders who will be here one day,” said Michael Ford, general manager of Global Real Estate and Facilities. “In the past, the employee had to flex to the space. Now, the space flexes to the employee.”

Source: blogs.microsoft.com

The refresh will, of course, be infused with technology, but more important to Microsoft is the employee experience. It will include:

  • Apps for wayfinding, parking, intracampus shuttles, transit, and even placing lunch orders
  • Driverless vehicle parking/pickup points
  • A cricket pitch
  • Potentially a food-growing program heated by the buildings servers

Similar projects will be undertaken in Ireland, Israel, Silicon Valley, Brazil and elsewhere.

 

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19 Dec 2017
 Google strategically integrates biophilia in new Chicago offices 
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 Google strategically integrates biophilia in new Chicago offices 

“Increasingly, green building project teams have attempted to incorporate biophilic design into their projects, but often their efforts amount to adding trees and plants or water features to their buildings. I believe this is because nothing in their training or backgrounds has prepared them for this exercise, and their experience with green building rating systems has trained them to fulfill the minimum requirements of a checklist without thinking past that step. True biophilic design goes much further and deeper.”

 

Source: www.greenbiz.com

This excerpt from Amanda Sturgeon’s new book, Creating Biophilic Buildings, looks at how Google employed biophilic principles in every aspect of their Chicago headquarters design. Google turned a windowless cold storage warehouse into a light-filled space. Key biophilic elements:

  • Daylighting promotes circadian rhythms and reduce stress. Task lights with color temperature settings
  • Places of refuge – private spaces where employee can feel protected but not unconnected
  • Direct visual connections to the outdoors
  • Video walls that undulate patterns of nature

She stresses the need for making biophilia part of the design strategy, rather than placing a few green things around as an afterthought.

 

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