"Emotions influence every aspect of our lives, from how we learn and communicate to how we make decisions. In a world that too often revolves around online communication, the pitfalls of relying too heavily on digital experiences can impact not just how we interact with machines, but with each other" (Kaliouby, 2016).
The growing topic of robots within the work place is controversial for different reasons. Many are uninterested in the robot interface and refute the practice. Although there are many benefits that have been explored and expressed, there is no concise analysis on whether or not the use of robots will have positive effects.
In some applications, the use of robots seems more applicable. For example, delivery drones are already being used to distribute packages and mail in some areas. While there are many obstacles to a flawless robotic delivery system, the system seems to be working well and Robots will likely oblige for 90% of the work force delivery by the year 2020.
In other applications, there is continuous debate towards the benefit of Robotic workers. One of the most controversial use of Robotic workers is within United States Airports. Users are afraid of the dehumanization that Robotic costumer service will bring. Robots will provide programmed and scheduled service rather than intuitive and sensory based service.
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"Coworking…is absolutely not about desks or wi-fi or coffee—most of us have access to a desk and wifi and coffee at home. Coworking is truly about being surrounded by a diverse group of peers….Coworking helps us to balance personal and professional, work and play, independence and collaboration" (Burns- 2016).
America is changing, and so is the work space. The typical notion of an office is being redesigned, questioned, and flipped on its head. There are many factors into understanding whether or not the coworking environment is beneficial to the business owner. One of the biggest arguments supporting the coworking lifestyle is the idea of collaboration. As users determine the value of coworking it is important to ask these questions:
- Is collaboration in this setting relevant to my business?
- Am I willing to mix work and play?
- Do I need a better support network?
What is your opinion about the rise in coworking offices? Check out the full article below.
"The days of the top-down hierarchical organization are slowly coming to an end, but changing the organization chart is only a small part of the transition to a network of teams. The larger, more important, and more urgent part is to change how an organization actually works. Now, more than ever, is the time to challenge traditional organizational structures, empower teams, hold people accountable, and focus on building a culture of shared information, vision, and shared direction".
As businesses reinvent themselves, there is a fast-moving approach to "team concept" model. While not all businesses are in need of a team model, the approach is both interesting and has already been influential. Much of the transformation within the office focuses on the decentralization of authority, and drives the push to move towards a network of teams.
The idea is that each team will still have a leader that is most influential in driving the team towards their specific goal. This concept is meant to allow for a variety of minds to touch one project and hopefully improve on the method of output for the company, while still remaining functional and delivering to the leader what needs to be accomplished.
The rise of teams within the office is a world-wide concept that has both benefits and drawbacks. This new format for a working space is developing at this very moment. What are your thoughts on the rise of teams within the workplace?
"As digital marketing becomes ever more visual, how can we make sure we stay ahead of the trend?"
Have you ever wondered how companies are able to track trends before they hit the mainstream? Shuttershock, a stock photo company, reveals their methods through this article.
Shuttershock is constantly refreshing their content in order to remain recent and trendy. They have a team of researchers that are always on the look out for the next big thing. Their method of analyzation is the core to how the company works. As social media takes over the world of marketing, it is important for companies to stay in the loop. The Shuttershock team uses their own website to predict trends by viewing what users are searching for the most. Then, they create "popular" pages to reveal the top trends. This invites a stream of users to the Shuttershock website, which increases their market. It is also a good research method for understanding what their users are interested in.
As digital marketing becomes more visual, it is important that companies are remaining in the stream of trends. Take a look at this article to see some of the Shuttershock 2016 trend predictions!
"As work becomes more mobile, office designs change and buildings adapt" by Kristen Leigh Painter Star Tribune
Technology has had a large impact on the office landscape. Employees now have the ability to do their work from places other than a desk. Offices are now becoming more open, encouraging employee interaction and small gatherings to promote the sharing of ideas. Read the entire article here.
"...Offices are smaller and more open, so employees can roam around but remain engaged. Time for personal matters is provided without question, as bosses realize their colleagues also work at home during times when they feel they can be productive."
Nancy Kraft, Dian Pickerel and Sara Downes were honored to represent OID at last night's '2015 Excellence in Design Gala' event at the SAC Federal Credit Union. OID partnered with Teknion to be the grand sponsor of the gala event and also is proud to have furnished much of the lounge furniture in this beautiful newly built headquarters. It was a pleasure spending time with the A&D community and to watch their organization honor Bob Ripley, of the Nebraska Capitol Commission, for his dedication and service to the Nebraska AIA.
"....Office designers have been trying to adapt offices for decades to better suit the nature of work, as well as meet company demands for cost-cutting and integrating new technology. Over the 20th century, the most popular office design has evolved from rows of offices with doors, to an open plan designed to facilitate collaboration, to the cubicle, back to an open office plan, and now to more mixed-used spaces."
".....Workspaces should flex to provide a variety of spaces and destinations for workers to inhabit that promote movement throughout the day," said Blumenfeld in a statement. "While many companies are doing a good job of incorporating some of these elements into their workplace design, there’s a need for more awareness and implementation of this way of thinking holistically about the workplace. Ethonomicsillustrates that it’s the incorporation of a number of these key elements and initiatives at all scales that will provide an architecture for workplace happiness."
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