How Research Can Help Solve Facility Issues

The workplace is primed for researchers to explore employee behavior and generations in response to their physical environment. However, the struggle is determining what type of research will be most beneficial and how to implement the research findings into the workplace.

Facility Issues and Frustration

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Facilities professionals are concerned with three areas:

  • Employee demographic & work style preference
  • Facility function

Business leaders want to know how to maximize employee productivity while balancing their employee's work and life commitments.

The Future of the Apple Watch and the Workplace

The Apple Watch revolutionized the way we talk about fitness, think about time, and our wearables. The question is, how could the Apple Watch transform the way we measure our workplaces?

Apple Watch and the Workplace

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When we start thinking of the possibilities of the Apple Watch beyond the health, wellness, and fitness benefits, researchers can see the potential for capturing near real-time data on their workplaces.

Companies, like Humanscale, are thinking about health and wellness as an extension of their furniture and ergonomic products.

Health, wellness, and fitness goals are more than just closing the activity rings; it's about the change in lifestyle that we experience. The data we capture from our wearables is important for our fitness, but it could also help us understand how we navigate through our workplaces.

The Value of Research in the Workplace

Is there a place in today’s crowded workplace for research initiatives? For years, research has driven workplace designers and facilities’ teams to construct the workplace of the future.


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In the 1950’s, the open plan was truly an open plan. Steel desks laid out in rows with no partitions and no privacy were the norm.

In the 1960’s, the office (four walls and a door) was the desired design of most professionals at the time. The RAND Corporation developed its headquarters in Santa Monica on a simple lattice structure with open courtyards for intentional interaction.

In the 1970’s, the cubicle was born. A modular design of tremendous flexibility was the choice of facilities professionals everywhere, and density was the name of the game.

Fast forward, the open plan was making a strong comeback. The cubicle walls provided a sense of privacy but lacked real collaboration like its big brother from the 50’s.

Today, the idea of “resimercial” is making its entrance into the workplace – a combination of residential and commercial. Employees want a little bit of home in their current workplace.

This workplace change is due in large part to the changing of the generations in the workplace who bring a tighter integration with family and community into their professions.