Over the past few years, there has been a high demand for furniture products that offers flexibility and comfort in working environments. Employers are keen on selecting furniture that can improve productivity, engagement, and wellness for their employees. The proper design can enhance levels of wellbeing, promote healthier habits and provide relaxation.
The term “biophilia” was contrived by American biologist and researcher Edward O. Wilson, describing the innate tendency that human beings seek in the natural world. Biophilic design in the workplace include elements such as water, living plants, sunlight, and natural materials. Recent studies have shown that biophilic elements in the workplace can bring multiple benefits to employees' wellbeing.
Wellbeing is being widely accepted as a component of corporate culture and contributes heavily toward employee’s performance and the business. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), a healthy workplace should consist of five components: work-life balance, health and safety, employee growth, employee recognition, and employee involvement. Incorporating wellbeing practices in the workplace can help ensure employee satisfaction and generate a positive impact on the business.
A majority of companies acknowledge the importance of digital transformation towards organizational growth and maximizing employee efficiency. According to a studyfrom SAP, 96 percent of leaders think that digital transformation is a core business goal and 80 percent say that digital reforms have increased profitability. Leaders are adopting a digital mindset and also including the human-centricaspect into this approach.
Leadership is an ongoing process, more than just a one-time event. An effective human-centric leader will be able to recognize the strengths of team members and provide insight and guidance. They are able to seize opportunities and work together with their employees toward company goals.
Will automation raise anxiety on the workforce? McKinsey estimates that between 400 and 800 million individuals could be displaced by automation and would need to find new jobs by 2030. Although automation will pose a threat to employment and eliminate jobs, it is important to also consider the new opportunities it can bring and how it can transform the structure of work and future jobs.
Companies that are adopting the human-centric perspective are becoming increasingly prominent. They are willing to invest their time and effort in changes to company practices to generate greater flexibility. Workplaces are more accommodating to the diverse needs of employees, as employers acknowledge the values of creating a meaningful office.
The concept of workplaces are evolving and the need for change is crucial. According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the Global Workplace report, only 15% of full time working employees are highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. How do we improve workplace productivity and engagement? By taking a human-centric approach towards workplace design, it can help create a workplace that allows the end user to engage.
Millennials have been reconstructing the way organizations operate. Sharing ideas and giving feedback are generational indications of what millennials are accustomed to in their work and social life. One of the key elements for businesses to succeed is to understand how collaboration and communication can enhance the organization's performance.
Learning spaces are undergoing drastic changes in the past decade. While whiteboards are slowly replacing traditional blackboards and classrooms are becoming more digitalized, the physical setting and furniture are not moving in the same stride. It is important to consider the influence of furniture and classroom layout on educational tools, student's performance, and well-being.
The millennial generation has been changing values in the workplace. Workplaces have been more collaborative than before, and organizations believe that smart offices are crucial for productivity and efficiency. Social technologies have been integrated into many organization's workflows to facilitate collaborative learning and knowledge sharing.
In celebration of another successful year, the annual JEB Party was held last Friday in Hong Kong. We reimagined the Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory studio and brought it to life at the Loft 22 venue. It was a mesmerizing scene, as walls were eccentrically covered in silver, with hundreds of silver pillow-like “clouds” floating in the ethereal interior space.
How do you envision a typical workplace? A static space with traditional work desks and cubicles? Companies nowadays recognize the importance of group work and how it is central to success in achieving organizational goals. They are valuing the benefits of interpersonal balance, generating an environment that promotes collaboration, innovation, and privacy for individual tasks.
The increase in competition in the business industry forces organizations to subject to changes. The evolution of technology, homogenous markets, and globalization are some of the factors that drive companies to react for survival. Organizational change usually revolves around the structure, technology, and people within the company.
Organizational change is the process of reforming the company structure, strategies, technology, and culture, as well as the effects on organizational behaviour within an organization. A few elements need to be considered before implementing change, whether it can increase employee well-being and satisfaction, improve the economic requirements and generate profitability in the company. According to Lewin’s Change Management Model, there are three processes: unfreeze, change and refreeze.