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The project studied visitors’ neurological responses to different interiors; it was a collaboration with an architect, furniture brand, and laboratory.
During Milan Design Week, Google debuted an wristband that measures sweat, skin tension, and heart rate. After wearers were walked through a series of three rooms, each distinctly designed to evoke a sense of calm, a printout showed which one put them most at ease. Though experimental, the technology holds the promise of furthering the science of design.
FMJ's How-To Guide features article on how to quantify the impact of workplace change.
WE contributes a monthly column to FM Journal. This month Workplace Evolutionary, Kate Lister shows how to quantify the impact of workplace change on productivity, engagement, and turnover and offers tips on how to design spaces that improve all three.
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." "The adage has been used in countless ways since the early 1900s, and it’s still the best way I know to describe the challenge of critiquing creative work. What it means to me is, we’re using the wrong language, but it’s all we have."
IDEO went in search of a common language to describe and critique creative excellence. After much deliberation they settled on:
They then created a card with questions to provoke thought about each. For example, the Bravery card poses the questions:
- Does the work, and the team, embody risk taking?
- Did the work introduce a new perspective, or inspire an organization to change?
- Will the world remember this decades from now?
So instead of stumbling around for words to describe why a design doesn't quite feel right, you might say "it's not brave enough."
It took me several re-reads to buy into their concept, but now I find myself seeing all kinds of kinds of business applications for this deck of cards from strategic planning, to product development, to workplace design, and beyond.
"Capital One has released the results of its 2018 Work Environment Survey. The survey asked full-time professionals their thoughts on workplace design and environment as it relates to their productivity, innovation, and collaboration with colleagues.
This year's workplace environment survey of 3,500 adults found:
- 85% of employees say a flexible design is important to them
- 42% Millennials say it's very important, compared to 32% of Boomers
- 30% strongly agree companies need an innovative environment to encourage innovation, another 49% agree
- 83% say flexible workplace design fosters innovation
- 80% say it enhances productivity
- 66% say design is equally (33%) or more important than location
What they expect from their next employer:
- 58% say flexible hours
- 51% say being able to work remotely
- 47% say access to the latest technology
- 31% say standing desks
- 30% say onsite fitness
What they would like to see in their workplace:
- 57% natural light
- 37% easily configurable furniture and spaces
- 36% artwork
- 30% collaborative spaces
- 25% rest/relaxation spaces
- 25% bold colors