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Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend)

Futurist Predicts How Generation Z-ers Will Work (Hint: The Cubicle Is Their Friend) | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"But in about five or six years, I predict we’ll see the need to shift that model to one that emphasizes “legibility” of space. By that I mean spaces where the layouts are easy to understand, easy to navigate, and where the spaces’ intended uses are clear and obvious. Why this shift? Changing demographics. These current ambiguous spaces are very much inspired by Generation Y. But there’s another generation behind them—Generation Z, the kids of Gen X-ers—who will be coming into the office workforce at the end of the decade. Now in high school and middle school, these kids have two defining characteristics: they highly value order and predictability (their Gen X parents were latchkey kids in the seventies, determined to counteract the chaos in their own childhoods by raising intact families and kids who value clarity and certainty), and they are almost congenitally distracted. They are heroic multitaskers, glued to their smartphones and tablets—and guess what? They’re terrible at it."

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"Dr. Michael O’Neill, senior research strategist at Haworth, on the future of the office, the demographics dilemma, and the emerging need for clarity in workplace design"

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Offices are Personal, Workplaces are Functional—Why do we have 2–4x as much office space as classroom space on campus?

Offices are Personal, Workplaces are Functional—Why do we have 2–4x as much office space as classroom space on campus? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Since offices typically comprise two to four times as much space on campus as classrooms, why don’t we hear more about improving office environments?"

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Michael Haggans at CampusMatters.net is touching the third rail this week: "Facilities managers have a good sense of how seldom faculty offices are occupied. They are loath to use this information lest they be seen as accusing faculty members of shirking their responsibilities. The real issue is the significant change in patterns of office use since the mid-20th century."

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The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle

The Mind Does Not Belong in a Cubicle | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Our brains evolved to work most efficiently in natural environments.
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You can purchase Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, here. Another quote: "Stephen Kellert, a social ecologist at Yale, told me that our poor office design is a sign that we don’t see ourselves as animals, as having biological needs. “The measure of progress in our civilization,” he said, “is not embracing nature, but moving away from nature and transcending nature and becoming independent of our biology.” Kellert told me that he finds zoos ironic. We consider it “inhumane” to keep a gorilla in an indoor, concrete environment with no exposure to greenery or anything resembling its natural habitat, and yet we put ourselves in these environments all the time."

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'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money'

'When combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money' | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"Put simply, when combined, workplace facilities and culture can exceed the lure of money."

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Where does a faculty member work? Where is the faculty workplace? The campus? The classroom? An on-campus faculty office? 

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Lisa McCarthy's curator insight, September 5, 2014 10:09 AM

What do we find most attractive about a new job offer? How important is the physical workplace in that decision-making process? A recent Australian study, undertaken by Hassell Architects and Empirica Research, dug up some intriguing stories about the role of workplace culture, people and design in the decisions we make about where we will spend ours days.

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Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new?

Query: Graduate assistant space—What's new? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Who out there has redesigned graduate assistant space to support the way grads work and study today (versus 20 years ago)? Semi-private offices just aren't an option for some of our buildings and programs - nor are they necessary.
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Please share what you have been doing or what you have learned about.

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New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad

New Study Says Open-Plan Offices Are Bad | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

[C]riticisms of the open-plan are legion. But Burkeman’s predictable diatribe was backed up by a new Harvard study that reached some fairly unhealthy conclusions about open-plan offices. The study, by researchers Jungsoo Kim and Richard de Dear, found that of the 42,700 office workers surveyed, nearly half of those in completely open-plan offices (sans partitions) complained about environmental noise levels. Even more surprising, cubicle workers—distinguished between those in offices with low and high partitions—were more greatly disatisfied with the noise around their workstations. 

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This is our shocked face /

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