FOX's Bob Fox was invited to speak at IFMA's Facility Fusion-Canada in March in Vancouver, BC. The two day event featured the brightest minds in the workplace industry coming together to connect, communicate and share best practices. Hear what Bob had to say in this presentation of "The New Economy, Change & the Workplace"

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Ugh, Collaboration


Posted in: Culture

We asked a group of designers to sketch spaces for collaboration. Here's what we got.

One of several quick sketches-each takes a different view of collaborative space.

Last week, I sat through another presentation about collaboration and how important it is in new workplaces. The discussion that ensued is one we've all heard before: the modern office is all about collaboration. But aren't you sick of hearing that word? When people say "collaboration", what do they really mean?

To find out, I asked a group of designers from One Global Design to sketch out their idea of a collaborative space. They had less than five minutes to sketch their design on a letter-sized piece of paper. I didn't give them any specifics. I simply asked for a collaborative space and I received everything from diagrams and plans to perspectives and axonometric diagrams. Below, you can begin to see the

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Businesses today must find innovative ways to sustain themselves. It’s not easy: 9 out of 10 businesses fail in the first 3 years; the Gallup Organization has shown that 70% of the workforce is disengaged; the tenure of companies on the S&P 500 List is rapidly decreasing and CEO’s today have an average lifespan of only 4 years. We are seeing an increasing amount of change and many of businesses are becoming commoditized.

How do organizations increase engagement and provide on going value to their customers? The newly published Change Your Space, Change Your Culture by Rex Miller takes a deep dive into how organizations can use their space to adapt through understanding how space and people interact. Office space is one of the best tools that leadership can use to encourage people to connect, interact, communicate and collaborate in order to iterate, refine and leverage new

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There have been a number of recent articles that point to the ills of open office space. These often take a Fox News approach (no relation) which is often myopic and fails to adequately balance the conversation. As an industry, about 5 years ago we went way too open. Now we realize that we need to have quiet spaces to balance that - Collaboration has become a very generic word - we collaborate and interact in a multitude of ways with a multitude of tools in a variety of spaces and settings.

We have seen a shift in how people work - a desk (any desk) is a limited tool - one tool can't provide all the work solutions. Just imagine the conversation if it were the opposite - all private offices. Today we look to include a variety of different types of workspace, or activity based work spaces and even external solutions. You move to the place that best supports the work

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Congrats to Andy for winning a spot in BD+C’s 8th annual “40 under 40” competition. Of the award winners, Andy is one of three professionals based in Washington, DC. Read more about Andy in the magazine excerpt below:

Andy Yeh, 40 Under 40


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