Destination workplace. Activity-based workplace. Agile workplace. Mobile workplace. Well-certified workplace. Cognitive-era workplace.
What’s behind the buzz? Most of these workplace labels suggest some generalization about the workplace environment. The risk in generalizations is they can promote a one-size-fits-all mentality. The reality today is that people in most organizations vary widely in terms of socio-economic status, age, gender, sexual preference, religion, geography, language, and culture. Designing workplaces that meet the needs of a diverse workforce requires a holistic approach.
HGA Workplace Strategists Dave Paeper and Melissa Jancourt get beyond the buzz and offer some insight into the dynamics impacting today’s workplace.
William Hendrix, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect, Urbanist and Principal in HGA’s Corporate Studio in Washington, DC. His 32-year career has focused on mixed-use, urban-centric projects nationally and internationally. He currently is working on a Performing Arts Center that is part of a mixed-use Master Plan outside DC. Here, he talks about changes impacting the workplace.
Q&A with The Registry
What are employees’ greatest fears about change management?
The biggest fear here is the word “change.” Let’s face it, no one likes change. I wish we had another word for this because “change” gets a bit overused these days and everyone has their own definition of what it should mean. In terms of how this impacts workplace design and management; it comes down to communication, and a lot of it.
Modular heat pumps are among the Whipple Building's energy-efficient systems.
Energy efficiency was an overarching goal for the modernization of the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building. Every engineering system, control strategy and design decision was made to reduce the building's energy consumption and environmental impact.
Lillian Chung, Senior Interior Designer at HGA, discusses the process for successfully transforming a traditional workplace into a progressive environment in this Q&A with GlobeSt.com.
Mia Blanchett is a Principal and recently named national Public Market Sector Leader at HGA, where she helps shape workplace culture for state and federal agencies. Her expertise includes master planning, programming, and design. Here, Blanchett talks about how she collaborates with clients to create innovative workplaces.
Criteo's new multigenerational New York advertising office.
INTRODUCING GENERATION Z
The design of work environments has undergone major changes in the past decade as Baby Boomers have begun to retire and Gen X'ers and Gen Y'ers (Millennials) have begun to dominate the workforce. Boomers desire for hierarchy and private offices has given way to open offices and more collaborative workstyles.
Architects often partner with brokers to brainstorm space-planning techniques and create sample renderings for the broker to provide to clients. This aids the broker by improving leasing, the tenant by providing a better visual of the office space, and the architect by garnering new business. In this Q&A with GlobeSt, HGA Principal Win Roney discusses the relationship between brokers and architects when leasing office space.
Flexible workspaces and collaboration inspire today's office design.
HGA's Workplace Research Study "What Matters Most in the Workplace" identifies what drives corporate real estate decisions, what design features are most important to workers, and what's in store for the future of workplace strategies.