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How the Herman Miller Living Office Helps You Take Care of Business

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BY Continental Office /

Businesses aren’t that different from people. They function much like humans do as a living, breathing place. They have needs to fulfill, like attracting and retaining top talent, stimulating innovation, increasing efficiency, and strengthening brand connection. Through global research and a robust study, Herman Miller found that the Living Office elevates the experience of work for people through a human-centered approach that helps organizations to define priorities, achieve strategic goals, and fulfill a greater purpose.

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Topics: All Areas, The Living Office

How to Talk the Environmental Branding Talk

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BY Continental Office /

What is environmental branding? While there are varying levels of awareness as to what it actually is, a large misconception is that branding is all about signage or even simply the use of your logo in your space. Signage is a commodity that’s readily available but when it comes to branding, there’s a strategic backbone behind what you’re striving to achieve. It’s not about putting an image on the wall but about the thought process and message behind it, the placement of it, and even the material used to make it. By using design strategy, you take a concept from 2D or digital format and bring it into the built environment. In short, branding uniquely defines your space enabling you to tell a story that resonates with people.

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Topics: Branding, Experiential Design

What is Biophilic Design?

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BY Continental Office /

On average, we spend 90% of our time in the built environment today. In a strange twist of fate, it has become our natural habitat. But we need things like natural light and materials, indoor plants, views of landscapes, and access to the outdoors to feel and do our best work.

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Topics: All Areas, Workplace Wellness

Live OS: Where Robotics Meets Office Design

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At NeoCon 2017, Herman Miller and designer Yves Béhar unveiled the future of office design with Live OS. It’s an app-based system that brings robotics into offices by connecting workspaces to people’s changing needs throughout the day, empowering them to work smarter and healthier. This customizable system consists of cloud-connected furnishings, an app, and a dashboard to gain an understanding of evolving humans that use it. The end goal is to make constant adjustments to ensure a happy, high-performing workforce. At its core, it’s designed to measure the effectiveness of a space and optimize it for workers.

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Topics: Furniture, The Living Office

The Importance of Finding a Workplace Partner You Can Trust Throughout Your Commercial Property Lifecycle

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BY Continental Office /

We talked recently about when to bring a furniture provider into the commercial real estate (CRE) process. It’s not only wise to bring this kind of provider into the CRE process early, but a holistic workplace environment partner you can trust throughout the duration of your commercial property lifecycle. Throughout the property lifecycle there’s a continual need to work with many partners, from groundbreaking to occupancy and other matters for years to come. No matter what stage of the lifecycle you’re in, whether it’s the acquisition, design, build, or maintenance of your property, your workplace partner should be there to support you every step of the way.

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Topics: All Areas, Real Estate

Today's Modern Office: It's Alive!

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BY Continental Office /

George Nelson, Herman Miller's former design director famous for the marshmallow sofa (among other iconic funriture pieces), said:

"Design is a response to social change."

Today, work is social. And smart companies know that workspaces are business tools that reinforce your core values and reflect your culture and brand.

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Topics: Furniture, The Living Office

How are Millennials Molding the Future Workplace?

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Millennials have overtaken Baby Boomers as the largest generation in America. A recent study conducted by Dell and Intel, called the Future Workforce Study, found that Millennials are greatly shaping the workplace. Technology, the physical space, and even virtual reality are all playing an increasingly important role in workspaces today, and are shaping what’s to come. It’s predicted that traditional office design will someday become extinct.

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Topics: All Areas, Q&As

Stand Up for Your Employees' Health with Sit-to-Stand Solutions

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Many jobs today require us to sit for prolonged periods of time. Science tells us that sitting all day isn’t the healthiest choice when it comes to doing our work, but sometimes it's inevitable. Research suggests that people who sit excessively have increased risk for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and a cascade of other health ills. The human body is made to move, but global studies show we sit nearly 8 hours a day on average.

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Topics: Furniture, Workplace Wellness

Marburn Academy: Paving the Way for Intentional Learning Spaces

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Marburn Academy is an independent day school and a visionary leader in the education of bright students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and attention difficulties. Their conviction is that every child is capable of succeeding. For the past 30 years, Marburn resided in a former elementary school in the Northland area of Columbus, Ohio. For the past decade, this space was overcrowded and cramped, with a configuration that was less than ideal for a learning environment.

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Topics: All Areas, Learning Spaces

How to Successfully Recruit Talent (Within a Budget)

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In the world of athletics, just as much as in the world of business, recruiting top talent is of high importance. You can’t have a successful company, or team, without the best players. But recruitment isn’t easy, and it can be downright difficult if the look and feel of your space doesn’t resonate with your potential recruits. So how does one put their best foot forward?

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Topics: Branding, Experiential Design

Great Spaces Magazine - Fall/Winter 2017

FEATURED AUTHORS

Chanel Nelson

CHANEL NELSON

HR GENERALIST
David Brockmeyer

DAVID BROCKMEYER

PRINT PRODUCTION MANAGER
Garry Ruick

GARRY RUICK

PRESIDENT, FLOORS & PREFAB CONSTRUCTION
Kelly Greene

KELLY GREENE

DIRTT ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS
Kyle Sellers

KYLE SELLERS

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, GILBANE BUILDING COMPANY
Luciano Carfagna

LUCIANO CARFAGNA

SALES EXECUTIVE
Mark White

MARK WHITE

CO-AUTHOR, "WHAT'S IN YOUR SPACE?"
Matt Freedman

MATT FREEDMAN

SVP, BRANDING
Rachel Iannarino

RACHEL IANNARINO

VP, MARKETING
Tim Straker

TIM STRAKER

VP, MARKETING/GLOBAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE, HERMAN MILLER