Tangram Hosts Expert Panel to Address Eight Trends in Adaptive Workspaces for Growing Companies
Joe Lozowski, Tangram President and CEO
l. to r. Mark Hershman, Partner, Shubin Donaldson; Sara Escobar, Director, Workplace Experience, Hulu; Tony Kantarjian, Principal, Enter Environments; Mark Chaput, Regional Sales Manager, Steelcase; Aaron Poladian, Manager of Real Estate, Planning and Construction, Riot Games
Tangram, a curator of highly creative commercial interior environments and workspaces, recently hosted a special panel discussion on “Adaptive Workspaces for Growing Companies” at its Downtown LA facility. The distinguished group offered their expert perspectives on how organizations can plan for growth, for the evolving demands from employees and executives alike, and for the unknown nature of tomorrow’s work.
Moderated by Nick Meter, Tangram Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience, the panel included Mark Chaput, Regional Sales Manager, Steelcase; Sara Escobar, Director, Workplace Experience, Hulu; Mark Hershman, Partner, Shubin Donaldson; Tony Kantarjian, Principal, Enter Environments; and Aaron Poladian, Manager of Real Estate, Planning and Construction, Riot Games.
“Managing real estate and creating optimum workspaces are complex tasks for any company. And they can be especially challenging when you mix rapid growth with a priority on finding and retaining top talent, all while the very nature of how work gets done is changing every year,” noted Tangram President and CEO Joe Lozowski. “It is our distinct pleasure to share the insights of these highly experienced and knowledgeable professionals. These are fundamental considerations that we assist our clients in addressing every day.”
Highlights of the highly informative discussion covering eight key topics related to planning and accommodating growth were:
Flexibility and Adaptability. Design for change and impermanence, including infrastructure (e.g., power, lighting, HVAC). Rapid advances in technology are freeing people from the traditional office environment. Involve employees in the planning process and recognize that no two people work in the same way.
Innovation and Collaboration. These aspects of work are now “the reality.” Agile and quick communication are essential, with videoconferencing becoming pervasive. Change management is basic to promoting next-generation workspaces and motivating people to use them.
Amenities. Companies must determine nice-to-haves vs. essentials in terms of making a real contribution to the business. Look at the surrounding geographic area to avoid duplication of existing services. Work with landlords to negotiate amenities, keeping in mind the potential expenses of rent and buildout.
Regional Offices. Make the local workforce feel special. Involve them, including the regional or country manager, in providing input. Incorporate elements that are authentic to the area and local culture.
Fast Growing Clients. Anticipated growth may or may not take place. Be ready for the unexpected. Involve consultants, since companies often “don’t know what they don’t know.” This practice can be especially valuable for companies that do not have a professional facilities management function.
Coworking Venues. Valuable as “escape hatch” to provide flexible capacity as needed to manage expansion and contraction of staff levels. Networking opportunities can be valuable as well as adaptability to individual working styles.
Wellbeing/Wellness. Important for a wide range of reasons, including minimizing disruption of workflow and supporting employee performance. Three key aspects: physical (e.g., ergonomics), emotional (e.g., social interaction), cognitive. (e.g., privacy).
Open Space Plans. Overall, it is seen as a valid option and here to stay with positive impacts on interaction and collaboration, but should not be implemented simply because it’s a trend. Consider tradeoffs, nuances of the organization’s business and culture, types of staff activities and resulting workspace needs.
Tangram Interiors provides solutions that foster workplace satisfaction, collaboration and productivity while enhancing the client’s brand and culture. In addition to its core contract furniture offering, the company operates seven additional business units for a comprehensive approach to workplace design. This range of services allows for top-to-bottom involvement that integrates each aspect of planning, design and installation.
For information on Tangram Interiors and its full capabilities, go to www.tangraminteriors.com.
About Tangram Interiors
Tangram is a flagship dealership for Steelcase, Inc., and the leading interior solutions provider in Southern California with offices in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern and Fresno counties. The company has nurtured a collaborative and people-focused culture in the belief that people fuel innovation. That culture has led to the organic growth of six business units that complement the firm’s core contract furniture offering: custom furniture, flooring and light construction, audio-visual integration, architectural walls, on-site furniture reconditioning, asset management and storage, and move management. www.tangraminteriors.com.
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