"To make better occupancy decisions you've got to know how your organization works." True words spoken by one of our recent guests, Dusty Duistermars, covering the first step companies should be taking before they ever will be able to create an effective office. The way we work has changed, and on our next two episodes of the Workplace Innovator Podcast we cover strategies companies can take to engage their employees and why every touchpoint your workforce experiences at the workplace tells a story.
Strategic Solutions for Intelligent Offices
Dusty Duistermars | Senior Managing Director, Connected Places Practice Group
"Employee costs, their productivity, if I can generate through these strategies and almost give another fifteen minutes, half hour, or even a full hour of additional work time in the workplace and to the actual company - this is a game changer."
Workspace Design & Innovation for the Future Workplace
Michelle Boolton | National Architecture & Design Manager, Gunlocke
"...it also helps then to have those types of focus spaces be placed around nature. So it's just little things like that as you think through a space and as you design a space, and then for us how we design products - how we can make sure that we support all of that."
As a self-proclaimed "bonafide furniture geek" with hand signal and hashtag included, Michelle recently joined Gunlocke as their Architecture and Design Manager. Working for a manufacturer of purposefully designed seating and lounge products that support the way people work has positioned Michelle to see how offices really impact people and the way they work.
Michelle is passionate about people and the human side of the workplace. In her current role she strives to discover ways to save the humanity inside this rapidly changing world of work we find ourselves in, often surrounded by technology. But what we sometimes forget is what the technology is for, the people. During a recent roundtable discussion, Michelle, noticed a few recurring themes during this event ranging from company culture to employee psychology, AI and office design and technology.
While these are looming topics, they all can really be brought back to one idea - how do these things impact people at work. Your employees and your workplace is constantly writing a story about who your company is and what it stands for. She begs us to ask the question, "what story is my workplace telling?"