Does Your Work Matter?

Adam Grant, author and host of TED’s WorkLife podcast, shares what he’s learning about how to make work not suck.” Teaser alert: “If you want to build trust, you actually want to de-fun. Instead of doing something simple and lighthearted, you actually work with a group of people to solve hard problems that matter.”

Your Coach Was Wrong: There Is an “I” in Team

Teams are made up of a bunch of “I”s — individuals with unique personalities, skills and needs. On the field or in the office, a team performs at its best when the needs of the group are supported while also addressing the needs of each member. We need to think about the “me within the we.”

Find Your Fresh Perspective Outdoors: Design Q+A

The founder of Extremis shares how his company designs differently for the outdoors, how he takes advantage of small outside spaces and why we should all get outside a little more.

Do All Open Plan Offices Kill Collaboration?

Headlines following a new Harvard study declare open offices a “collaboration killer.” But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Finding Balance

Re-envisioning of the work environment. Mackinac system consists of distinct “microzones” that support focused work, collaboration among 2-3 colleagues, privacy for rejuvenation as well as easy accessibility for learning and socializing — all in a compact footprint that works in both a private office or a totally open floor plan.

Higher Ed Harnesses the Power of Physical Space

Best practices for designing to improve performance and wellbeing at work can also be applied to education. Sara Armbruster, Vice

Staying Connected at Work: 1900s to Now

Designers bring people, place and technology together to help enhance work — and have been doing it since the first high rise.