Archives for category: workplace strategy

Dave Collins, Strategic Consultant, DEGW San Francisco
Last Sunday’s Mad Men season five premiere was more than just a welcome back party for the familiar gang at Sterling Cooper Draper Price. It was also a polite conversation on the value of offices in the Modern (read: 1963) workplace. Just as the twits at Y&R were dropping water balloons on the heads of the growing crowds of civil rights protestors, Pete Campbell was bemoaning the fact that his office is simply not big enough to bring in the large clients he now has under his control in the fledgling firm. But before we delve into the quandary Pete finds himself in regards to square footage and load bearing beams, let’s reflect a moment on how far the show has progressed in the realm of workplace design. Read the rest of this entry »


By Katie Boothroyd
Recently, DEGW has heard from two Federal Agencies that we’ve worked with on strategic requirements development over a year ago; they are finally ready to implement an approach similar to the ideas regarding better space efficiency and utilization, more collaboration space and desk sharing we initially recommended.  With the falling economy and greater pressure to do something different with the workplace, Federal Agencies and private organizations, like our client Microsoft, are reconsidering more progressive and innovative workplace strategies. We’re excited that they are going to make a bigger change, but why didn’t they choose the more progressive solution in the first place? And how can we get organizations to see that they don’t need a mandate or a massive slash in funding to do something good for their people and good for the environment?  Show them it’s been done before and let them test it out.

You probably wouldn’t be comfortable buying a house without walking through it first or buy a car without test driving it.  Organizations should “test drive” workplace environments and here are some ways I’ve recently seen it done with success: Read the rest of this entry »

By Peter Bacevice
Organizations value flexibility.  Flexible work patterns and workspaces give companies the room they need to innovate and grow.  But what if there was more to the concept of flexibility than what we take at face value?

A recent article in the California Management Review presented an interesting perspective on the range of organizational flexibility:

  • Resilient and robust organizations recover smoothly from downturns and disruptions while growing stronger and reinventing new opportunities.  This is innovation as reacting.  For example, many university libraries are divesting books and reinventing themselves as knowledge navigation hubs with innovative new services.
  • Agile and versatile companies create a sense of urgency, move quickly with dexterity, redefine the playing field, and imagine new possibilities.  This is innovation as enacting.  Look to any social media company to understand this phenomenon in action.

What does this mean for today’s high performance workplaces? Read the rest of this entry »