Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth


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Change Your Space, Change Your Culture: How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth by Rex Miller, Mabel Casey, Mark Konchar

The fastest, easiest way to shift culture toward engagement andproductivity

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture is a guide totransforming business by rethinking the workplace. Written by ateam of trail-blazing leaders, this book reveals the secrets ofcompanies that discovered the power of culture and space. Thisinsightful guide reveals what companies lose by viewing officespace as something to manage or minimize. With practical tips andimplementation details, the book helps the reader see that theworkspace is, in fact, a crucial driver of productivity andmorale.

Change Your Space, Change Your Culture was born out ofrecent studies that expose truly outrageous "Oh, my God"realities:

  • More than 70 percent of the workforce either hates their job orthey are just going through the motions.
  • Half of all office space is wasted.

Those shattering facts exist because office space is generallyregarded as "overhead" or "sunk cost." Most buildings today clearlycommunicate the low priority placed on people-friendly design. Poorworkforce engagement is baked into the culture. This book providesguidance on turning this around, by rethinking and reshaping spaceto align with the way people work. Specifically, this book movesfrom the high-altitude view down to the details on how to:

  1. Discover the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way toshift culture
  2. Add square footage by using space more effectively
  3. Boost employee engagement and vitality by the creative use ofspace
  4. Learn how space can become a powerful productivity tool

We all know that design, space, and flow have a powerful effecton the human psyche. Our homes, museums, sports arenas, places ofworship, and even airport terminals reveal that. Environment caninspire dread or enthusiasm, distraction or focus, collaboration orisolation. That's why the office must be designed to inspire thedesired culture and workflow – if it's not properly designed,no program, training or rules will be effective over time.Change Your Space, Change Your Culture is the practicalguide to office space, the foundation of an engaging culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118937815
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 453,568
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

REX MILLER, the principal and thought leader formindSHIFT, is widely recognized in the science of workplaceinnovation. He is winner of the 2009 CoreNet Global Innovator ofthe Year award. Rex helped create the mindSHIFT consortium of topexecutives from America’s largest construction andarchitecture companies and their unprecedented investigation intohow the workplace can create—or undermine—cultureshift. They discovered that space, engagement, and culture shift gohand in hand. But until Change Your Space, Change YourCulture, the space-culture connection has been a well-keptsecret of major innovators like Google, Cummins Inc., and W.L.Gore. This book reveals how they do it.

MABEL CASEY has led Global Marketing and Innovation forHaworth, Inc. since 2006. She and her team are focused on drivingHaworth toward deeper alignment with customer needs and exploringhow business leaders can utilize their spaces to support thepeople, culture, and outcomes of their organization. Mabel has morethan a decade of executive-level experience in the contractfurnishings industry. Haworth improves workplaces withaward-winning furniture, interior architecture, and technologysolutions to support collaboration, innovation, and culturetransformations. Research and design drive a deep understanding ofagile workplace needs and are at the center of the company’sstrategy.

MARK KONCHAR is the Chief of Enterprise Development forBalfour Beatty Construction and leads the company’s nationalCapability Center team. This team supports the company withresearch and development, learning, technology improvement, energyperformance, public-private partnerships, federal contracting andlegislation, strategic marketing and client advocacy. BalfourBeatty Construction is an innovation leader, sits in the top threeof US General Contractors and is part of Balfour Beatty, a globalinvestment and infrastructure firm based in London.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Radcliffe ix

Foreword Mark Layman xi

Foreword Matthew R. Haworth xiii

Introduction The From/To Formula xv


Chapter 1 Are You Ready to Sail the North Atlantic? 3

Chapter 2 The $1 Trillion Black Hole 13

Chapter 3 Something Wicked This Way Comes 29


Chapter 4 What Every Leader Needs to Know about the Future61

Chapter 5 What Every Executive Needs to Know about Millennials85

Chapter 6 Changing Design from PUSH to PULL 103


Chapter 7 Using Space to Shape Culture 117

Chapter 8 Social and Engaging Design 131


Chapter 9 The Untapped Potential of the Workplace 147

Chapter 10 They Did It, You Can Too 157

Chapter 11 Break Out of Insanity 191

Epilogue The Case4Space Approach 205

Appendix A Case4Space Core Team 221

Appendix B Image Recap of Key Events and Summit

Sketch Notes 227

Notes 237

Bibliography 247

Acknowledgments 259

Index 263

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