This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on July 5, 2013

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Six Articles to Read this Weekend

Not Your Parents’ Workplace: Thoughts on Designing For Innovation
Open plan workplaces have been in the media spotlight recently. The oft-expressed sentiment is that creating a variety of settings for individual and team work enables employees to focus, and as such is the key to employee happiness. This idea is reasonable, and certainly prevalent in workplace design strategy … Perkins+Will

Ending the Tyranny of the Open-Plan Office
It’s official: Open-plan offices are wildly distracting places to work. About 70 percent of U.S. employees now work in open offices, according to the International Management Facility Association. But the collaboration-friendly environment with minimal cubicle separations “proved ineffective if the ability to focus was not also considered,” according to a new study by the design firm Gensler … Businessweek

We All Need Friends at Work
Survey after survey shows that employee engagement at work is at an all-time low. One way to help improve engagement at work is to foster friendships. We all know them: the good old fashioned friendships created when we chit-chat, hang-out, joke, and have fun with co-workers … Harvard Business Review

Town Square Initiative: Houston
How will Houston accommodate 100,000 new residents annually for the next 10 years? What infrastructural improvements need to be made? What policies should be enacted to ensure that the city isn’t caught flat-footed as the rate of population growth increases? These are the necessary and difficult yet obvious questions … Gensler

Lawyers Like it Large
I recently presented on workplace trends in law firms at the Legal Services Property Forum, and this blog represents my thoughts on the subject. When discussing workplace trends, whether the offices of law firms or other organisations, we first need to understand the past and the current situation … Workplace Unlimited

Healthcare Metro Monitor
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act and pressures to contain costs, expand access to care and improve health outcomes have focused attention on the healthcare industry. Healthcare is a large, diverse, and growing component of the economy. Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide. The industry’s 22.7 percent employment growth rate over that period significantly outstripped the 2.1 percent employment growth rate in all other industries … Brookings Institution

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