Make data driven decisions about your workspace

Listen not to trends, but to your team to improve your space and unleash your potential.

 

Real world problems that we have helped solve.
Future Office Space

“As we prepare for the future, our leadership wants to understand what employees value in order to strategically invest in their future. We as leaders want to build a shared vision for their workplace and collect data about how people are working today.”

Higher Education

“We are interested in understanding the use of our classrooms, labs, and lecture halls on campus in order to leverage the best use of the spaces for our faculty, students, and staff.”

Current Office Space

“We as leaders want to understand how we might utilize our current space more effectively. We are rapidly growing and want a space that supports collaboration, as well as individual working styles, in order to empower people to do their best work.” 

As leaders, we must be aware of unintended impact

One day a few years ago, I sat at my desk and noticed a small yellow jar next to my keyboard. I picked it up for a closer inspection and realized it was eye cream. I work in an open office, but oddly enough, when I found the little yellow jar, no one was around for me...

As leaders, we need to better promote relational work

Nine years ago, I was about eight weeks pregnant with my twin boys and found myself standing in the grocery store’s pharmacy section, looking for some vitamins my doctor suggested. I told the pharmacist what I was looking for, and as she came to help me find it, she...

Welcome your employee’s full being into the office

One day this summer, I had been in the office a few hours when I was startled by a small human with Heelys shoes rolling past my desk. I turned around and said to my colleague, “I had no idea your daughter was here today!” She had been reading and coloring in our...

To rework your office space, take advice from Vanilla Ice

“Stop. Collaborate and listen.” I think Vanilla Ice had some great words of wisdom for some of today’s leaders when thinking about what to do with their office space. Well, he had it almost right; I would reorder his words to stop, listen and collaborate but I’m...

Returning to Work? Your Office Needs a Refresh.

Can we go back? They say you can never go home again, or is it that you can never go to the office again? Think back to your late teens or early 20s, when you moved out of your parents’ house to go to college or begin living on your own somewhere. Now try to remember...

Stick to the basics to bring employees back

Can you remember the last time you were really excited to go somewhere? We have a lot of that pent-up energy right now as we all begin to reschedule vacations we canceled over the last several months. Vacations are an “easy out” when thinking about a place we are...

Make 2022 the year of ‘we’ and collaboration

Let me start by telling you a story about me. Historically, the week that falls between the Christmas holiday and New Year’s Eve is dead airspace for office buildings. It’s the time of year when everyone is rushing to use their PTO before they lose it, and, whether...

Draw conclusions, predictions from the unsaid

Abductive reasoning is using an incomplete observation to make the best prediction we can. My statistician colleague might give us a side eye when we write an insight based on abductive reasoning because she sees it as an unconfirmed logical leap. It can get a bit...

Data is a commodity, but insight is gold

A professor once told me, “Data is a commodity; it’s the insight that’s gold.” The pandemic has changed the way we see everything, and right now, many people are reviewing the spaces we occupy for work, play or education. If you are embarking on that journey and...

Before allowing flexible work, clearly define it

In flexible work, define what you mean by “flexible.” Stand up, reach down, touch your toes. You did it, right?! Maybe not, because you don’t follow the physical instructions given to you by a columnist. But, what if you were getting ready to go for a run? You might...