May 2 19

Staying Active in the Workplace

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May 2 19

Flexible Working is now a Top Consideration in the War for Talent

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Apr 26 19

NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY CAMPUS WINS ARCHITECTURAL PRIZE FOR ITS SUSTAINABLE & STYLISH DESIGN

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The Norwegian Business School’s (BI) new Trondheim campus was awarded the Eiendomsprisen award at the tail end of last year, receiving high praise for its sustainable solutions for energy management and interior design.

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Photo: BI

Designed by architects Skibes and managed by property firm Entra, the new university campus, which officially opened in September 2018, features the latest solar power technology and unique water systems as explained by Head of Entra Trondheim Stine Hostad; “The prize means a lot to us…Our energy solution with the use of seawater and solar cell for heating is also easily transferable to other projects. It should be an inspiration to other buildings.”

Energy from the solar panels was even used in construction, and when electric buses are brought to Trondheim, a designated charging station will be installed at the existing bus station. Plans are also under way to find ways to utilise energy when the building produces more than it needs.

Interior Design

Working with the university’s interior architect Pernille Schou Folkvard and furniture suppliers Fagerhaug & Olstad (F&O), architectural firm Iark and were tasked with creating a contemporary space for students to meet, study, learn and collaborate.

Since its opening, students have commented on the appeal of the interior design, complementing its neutral palette and distinctive structures. All auditoriums are located in the centre of the campus, decorated with patterns inspired by Beijing’s national stage, also known as the “Bird’s Nest“. The pattern goes from the first to the fourth floor.

Another interesting addition to the project is a feature wall designed with wooden patterns similar to a cocoon. It is meant as a metaphor for the life of a student – a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, with the cocoon the home of development, much like a university develops a student.

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The ‘birds nest’ style panelling continues throughout the building, even in hallways like above. Photo: BI

Seating solutions

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The architects worked with furniture suppliers F&O to source and specify furniture across the 8350m² campus which is split over 5 floors. This included various seating options in both private desk-based and break out areas.

Furniture from Flokk brand’s HÅG and Offecct (Offecct Meet Sofa System, left) were specified throughout the project, providing comfortable and design led seating whilst continuing the trend of sustainable solutions which runs throughout.

Learn more about Flokk solutions at BI Trondheim

Speaking about the selection process for seating, Lina Leth-Olsen, Sales & Interior Consultant at Fagerhaus & Osted AS said, “The architect specified products by Flokk throughout this project. It feels safe for us to provide products from Flokk, since they are made with such good quality and have a nice design. Flokk is also a trustworthy supplier which is very important, since we deal with them on a daily basis.”

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Private study area featuring the HÅG Capisco Puls. Photo: F&O

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One lecture hall was fitted with HÅG SoFi chairs. Photo: F&O

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Private study area with HÅG Conventio chairs Photo: F&O

With 1500 students now halfway through their first year, the reception has been very positive. “It is Scandinavian design that meets industry that meets jungle” said BI student Ingvild Normann Vardenær, whilst looking around in the new campus. And the new complex, as hoped by the jury, has made the area a more vibrant and an exciting place to be.

Article copied from Flokk website.

Apr 26 19

5 Strategies You Need to Know Before You Invest In New Office Chairs

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By Allison Heller-Ono

Apr 23 19

Why Your Office Job Can Literally be a Pain in Your Back

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by Shannon Bloch

Apr 15 19

Designing the Ideal Home Office

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By Shannon Bloch

Apr 12 19

Is Texting Replacing Voicemail in the Workplace?

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Apr 10 19

PERILS OF THE OPEN OFFICE

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By Amy Barzdukas|April 2nd, 2019|Contact CenterInnovationsInside PolyOpen WorkplaceProducts & SolutionsUnified Communications

THE OPEN-PLAN OFFICE STARTED WITH SUCH PROMISE.

When we saw the cool, minimalist design and freedom of the open office, we dreamed of spontaneous collaboration, deeper connections with co-workers, and enhanced performance.

The reality? Too often the open office is a sea of distractions.

Loud talkers. Barking dogs. Mike from Marketing who won’t shut up. If you’re working in an open-plan office, these perils are just the beginning.

Despite the fact that leadership at some companies think employees only care about bean bag chairs and free food, surveyed workers* say that the ability to focus without interruptions ranks #1 on their workplace wish lists. Productivity trumps tacos. Who knew?

Those same open office workers reported that blocking out noise and distractions will:

  • Increase their productivity (64%)
  • Reduce errors in their work (52%)
  • Allow them to focus on the task in front of them (48%)

THE OPEN OFFICE ISN’T GOING ANYWHERE. BUT TECHNOLOGY CAN SWOOP IN AND SAVE THE DAY.

Equip your teams with huddle, collaboration, on-the-go, at-your-desk, chaos-proof solutions, and they’ll get more done. And they’ll be happier while doing it. The happiness factor is crucial when you think about the issue of constant connectivity and the threat of burnout. Happier employees are less likely to turn over or tune out.

With a few technological tweaks, open offices can push back against the chaos—helping workers stay happier and more productive, even in the middle of Taco Tuesday.

Start with your huddle room. Put boardroom quality into your smaller spaces, make it easy to use and flexible with USB connectivity, and voilà! You’ve created an oasis for collaboration. The Polycom Studio USB video bar helps you upgrade your small room for teams to share big ideas.

Apr 8 19

GET YOURSELF FREE: 50 WAYS TO USE YOUR CALISTO

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By Jennifer Kehoe|March 12th, 2019|ConsumerInnovationsInside PolyPoly ExperienceProducts & SolutionsSmarter Working

If you’re like most people, the frenzy of everyday life has you in a dozen places per day. In your car, the coffee shop, the office, the conference room, the airport, and the lobby of your kid’s orthodontist. This scenario has multiplied in recent years, as changing workstyles have resulted in less people in the office and more working from home, in remote locations, and shared workspaces.

As the number of workspaces has grown, so too has the amount of communication.

As these two realities— more places and more communication— come together, we need collaboration devices built for work and lives on-the-go. That’s why we created two new additions to the Calisto family of speakerphones.

Calisto 3200 and Calisto 5200 are portable, personal speakerphones that allow you to plug-and-play for a professional audio conferencing experience from any room or remote location. How liberating—these little round black speakerphones give you the freedom to conference from anywhere by plugging into your phone, tablet or PC!

When I was trying to quantify how many different ways, and places, to use the Calisto 3200 or Calisto 5200, I was reminded of the 1975 song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” in which Paul Simon sang about the variety of ways to get yourself free. Here’s the hook:

You just slip out the back, Jack
Make a new plan, Stan
You don’t need to be coy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Hop on the bus, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Just drop off the key, Lee
And get yourself free

Similarly, there are at least 50 ways to use your Calisto to “get yourself free”! Sing along with me now:

For working that’s flex, Rex
Toss in your backpack, Jack
Unzip the case, Stace
Whip out the cord, Ford
Connect from WeWork, Dirk
From phone or PC, Lee
And get yourself free….

Now think of those back-to-back meetings that seemingly fill your whole day. Calisto 5200 keeps up! Using the 3.5mm cable, you can get sixteen hours of listening time. That’s sixteen hours you can participate in conference calls while thinking of more lyrics to add to “50 Ways to Use Your Calisto.”

16 hours to listen, Krissen!

Calisto portable speakerphones keep your mobile lifestyle and workstyle going by providing rich, clear sound for a professional conferencing experience. It’s true conferencing freedom! Which way will you choose to “get yourself free”?

Mar 30 19

How to Identify the Warning Signs of a Workplace Injury

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By Shannon Bloch