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Five design features that actually promote productivity

The open-plan office has come a long way since its paranoia-inducing beginnings. What began as a way to expose slack workers has evolved into our current obsession with office spaces that not only facilitate but, increasingly, force collaboration between staff. Cubicles are dead. Shared desks, hot-desk pods and quirky breakout spaces are in (at the very least).

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New work order: From Google and Pixar to Innocent… the future of the office starts here

It is commonly assumed that the critical moment in Google’s ascent to global search hegemony came in October 2000, when Larry Page and Sergey Brin first deployed the AdWords system that made their innovation worth an absolute fortune. And this, certainly, was an important step along the way.

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The Changing Workplace from Me to We

US office design blog Office Snapshots has featured guest content from Schiavello Workplace Research Psychologist, Keti Malkoski as part of their education series. Keti discusses supporting the shift from “Me” to “We” in the workplace, sharing intelligence gained locally with the international workplace community.

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Enrich office space and see productivity rise

Employees who have control over the design and organisation of their personal workspace are happier, ealthier and up to 32%* more productive. This is according to chartered psychologist Dr Craig Knight from the University of Exeter in the UK whose research challenges accepted methods of office and care home management.

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