As the Perkins+Will Boston studio’s workload increased it became clear that our renovation project demanded more than a refresh but a “transformation” of how we utilized our current space. Where are we now?
We asked designer Tuan Trieu how he feels about the office re/fresh following yesterday's design update. The re/fresh team shared some of the furniture and finishes they've selected so far, explaining their plan to keep key items we already have and introduce select new pieces that will improve our office's overall look and functionality.
Throughout our office re/fresh process, one word has resurfaced many times: mobility. As a style of working, mobility offers flexibility to work from the office or from home; to be productive while waiting for a flight; to find a more inspiring space; or to seamlessly transition from individual work to group meeting. It’s no wonder that more and more companies are seeking ways to increase the mobility of their workforce, and we’re no different.
When we initially engage our clients about a project, we like to start with a visioning session rich with imagery of different spaces, contextual photos to inspire them, and samples of physical materials and textures. It helps to start a dialogue about the type of space they envision and the overall vernacular we should strive for when designing the space. But, just as important as what we ask is who we ask.
At Perkins+Will, we believe in well-being at every level. Fitness Friday is an annual firm-wide event that embraces healthy activities and has evolved from a fun-filled, one-day event into a week-long wellness extravaganza. But well-being isn’t restricted to one day or week of the year; one way we seek to contribute to long term well-being is by creating a year-round healthy working environment.
This past Fall, I had the wonderful opportunity to work in the brand new Perkins+Will London office through Perkins+Will's Talent Exchange program. The program allows junior and mid-level employees to temporarily work from one of our 26 offices, filling a temporary staffing need while immersing themselves in a new city, bringing a new perspective to their host office, and ultimately returning to their home office with new skills and ideas.
A recent Gallup poll states that 43% of Americans spend time working remotely. Further research has revealed remote work can increase productivity, efficiency, and employee morale – and companies are starting to take notice.
The time has come! As we get ready for our Office Re/Fresh we all need to seriously de-clutter. And, that means not just neatening up our things and moving them around - but a real purge! I am the first to admit that it is not easy to depart from beloved objects. What I hate to confess though is the amount of useless stuff that has followed me from place to place and desk to desk.
A changing company doesn’t always always mean new people and growing diversity. I and many of my co-workers are new parents (or soon will be), which poses its own unique challenges to the office.For #PWReBoston, we looked at how our current amenities support our growing staff of new parents, in particular new mothers.