Workplace Trends Top Picks

We spend a lot of time at Workplace Trends watching tweets and posts about the workplace. Here are a few of our favourites from the last few days that we thought you might enjoy.


Til desk do us part: Will offices of the future have desks? Nigel Oseland muses this on on behalf of the WCO

Is the traditional office desk obsolete? The desk, the workstation, that slab of “wood” that the majority of office workers sit at is getting smaller. Gone are the days of the 1800 x 1800 mm corner core, and my 2 m wide and 1 m deep bench desk at an architect’s practice; the 1600 mm wide homogenous bench has become a 1400 mm and recently I worked with an NHS Trust where the standard workstation was a mere 1200 mm but the facilities team were actually rolling out 1 m “back to school” style desks…

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Office design must work for people of every age – and keep them well

With four generations in the workplace for the first time, it is now more important than ever that the physical office environment is able to accommodate different working styles,

Nicola Gillen, global practice lead of strategy at AECOM writes…

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The Science of the Workplace: Ten demonstrable truths about the workplace you may not know

If you missed Kerstin Sailer speaking at last October’s Workplace Trends Conference, her article for Workplace Insight covers some of what she spoke about.

The science of the workplace has gained a lot of interest over the last few years, highlighting recurring patterns of human behaviour as well as how organisational behaviour relates to office design. In theory, knowledge from this growing body of research could be used to inform design. In practice, this is rarely the case. A survey of 420 architects and designers highlighted a large gap between research and practice…

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It’s a fact: Live plants & natural light in an office space impact creativity.

Should a ‘work’ place be any different from the other spaces people inhabit? The relationship between individuals and their environment can be a crucial determinant of how they feel, perform and interact with others. So, designing spaces that inspire, energize and support the people who use them is a global imperative. People’s connection to nature – biophilia– is an emergent field that can help organisations meet that challenge. This unique study from Human Spaces explores the relationship between psychological well-being, work environments and employee expectations on a global scale for the first time…

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Can we enhance student living environments to better respond to the needs of today’s students?

Thinking ahead to our next Learning Environments Conference, this recent research caught our eye. Gensler conducted a three-year study focused on student life on university campuses, and the role of the residence hall in fostering student success. In the first phase of the research, they examined the study habits of high school seniors using surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews to document their preferred methods of learning before attending university…

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Workplace Trends Spring Summit: Wellbeing & Productivity

Don’t forget to book your early bird tickets for Workplace Trends: Wellbeing & Productivity on 22 March at Kings Place, London. Workplace Trends is the most intellectually stimulating, independent, pitch-free and sociable Workplace event of the year. Join 150+ workplace designers and occupiers to learn and discuss issues including Biomimicry & Biophilic Design, Designing for Creativity, Collaboration & Concentration, Using Building Data, Technology & Innovation, & The WELL Building Standard…

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