Monday, February 29, 2016

Our meeting just cost our company how much?

Meetings Waste Money, And Now You Can Calculate Just How Much

Photo Credit: Flickr Text100
It's well known that companies waste a lot of time and money organizing and having meetings. We waste time endlessly emailing to find time-slots that suit everybody. We waste time waiting for everyone to arrive. We waste time discussing irrelevant points and tangential agendas.

Senior executives say more than half their meetings are "ineffective" or "very ineffective," a recent Bain & Company survey found. One large company studied by the consultants wasted a total of 300,000 hours a year as a result of just one weekly executive meeting, such was the "ripple effect" of one meeting leading to another. Moreover, Bain says the problem is getting worse. The amount of time devoted to meetings has increased each year since 2008, partly because meetings are now easier to organize and, because of video-conferencing technology, we no longer all have to be in the same room.

Harvard Business Review
How much does all this undirected activity cost? For an answer, take a look at this useful little calculator created by the Harvard Business Review.


Source: FastCoExist

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Back Story of Herman Miller's New Landscape Product

Watch the movie on this page as Yves Behar describes the making of Herman Miller's Public Office Landscape furniture. Very interesting background story.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Future of Work and WorkSpaces

An insightful and enjoyable interview on the Future of Work and WorkSpace.

Photo Credit: Herman Miller Inc.

Jennifer Magnolfi thinks about the future of work from her own unique perspective — that of an architect. Born and raised in Italy, she has also spent a lot of time in North America exploring workspaces and what they mean in the context of society. She has worked with large web corporations and new workspace networks. She has also spent time working for Herman Miller, the iconic furniture company.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Work Has Gone to the Dogs

Innovative Office Is Specially Designed as the World's Most Dog-Friendly Workspace

A workplace doesn’t get any dog-friendlier than Kurgo, a Massachusetts-based startup that produces high-end canine toys and travel gear. After securing their own 4,000-square-foot warehouse in 2015, they’ve transformed it into a comfortable place for the staff and their dogs, incorporating pup-friendly areas right alongside human spaces.

Daniel Sokol of Leed Containers helped design the headquarters to be very open with plenty of natural light, using repurposed shipping containers fashioned into eight offices. Reclaimed wood paneling lines parts of the walls, with patches of synthetic grass and antique playground equipment installed throughout the space. Other eclectic decor includes a vintage 1956 Airstream trailer and a canoe that hangs from the ceiling, symbolizing a love of travel.

While the interior decorating is playful and inviting, the most noteworthy part of Kurgo’s office is how dogs were integrated into many of the design considerations. Each standing desk can come equipped with a size-appropriate dog bed. The kitchen has an easy-clean floor, and it’s always stocked with food and treats for the four-to-eight canines that come to work each day (about 90% of employees have dogs). There’s a low water fountain and specially-designed shower that will help hose off a muddy dog.

The sense of community among Kurgo dog owners is special, and they go on walks together during lunch and afternoon breaks. If a dog gets restless during the day, there are also baskets of toys stationed at the indoor play areas, which has an ulterior motive—product testing. After all, who better to try out the new products than the company's favorite furry friends?

Above photo credit: Ryan Breslin / Staff

Photo credit: Ryan Breslin / Staff

Photo credit: Ryan Breslin / Staff
Kurgo: Website | Facebook
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All images credited to Kurgo unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Why Do Americans Work So Much?

The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted a society so prosperous that people would hardly have to work. But that isn’t exactly how things have played out.

How will we all keep busy when we only have to work 15 hours a week? That was the question that worried the economist John Maynard Keynes when he wrote his short essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” in 1930. Over the next century, he predicted, the economy would become so productive that people would barely need to work at all.

For a while, it looked like Keynes was right: In 1930 the average workweek was 47 hours. By 1970 it had fallen to slightly less than 39.

But then something changed. Instead of continuing to decline, the duration of the workweek stayed put; it’s hovered just below 40 hours for nearly five decades.

So what happened? Why are people working just as much today as in 1970?


Monday, February 22, 2016

bfi Wins Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence Award

bfi was recently acknowledged by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. New Jersey Chapter for our outstanding work along with construction firm V.J. Scozzari & Sons, Inc. for The Chapin School expansion project performed over the last two years for their Lower and Upper School additions. Not only did bfi provide the furniture, bfi did all of the furniture specifications and furniture designs, including the selection of the furniture finishes to work with the architect’s design and we managed the scheduling and installation of the new products for the project. This is a prime example of bfi's capabilities and project management abilities that our diverse staff performs every day.