Since 2001, Atomic has enjoyed and promoted the benefits of working in an open office environment. But over the past few years, many of us at Atomic have concluded that a purely open plan can be frustrating and stressful at times.
Biomimicry, biophic design, nature-based design — these are all terms that describe how natural systems offer powerful models that influence the built world (including architecture, workplace design, and technology). It’s all about finding design inspiration from nature to solve human problems. Here are some insights on biomimicry and the potential it holds for long term […]
Space matters. And Atomic Object Grand Rapids is at the front end of an exciting workplace redesign to enable the activity in our old building. Recently, my colleague Matt Fletcher pointed me to a great book: Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft. This book is a wealth of […]
Steelcase’s recent issue of 360° Magazine, titled Culture Code, shares a big body of research on workplace culture across eleven countries. The following is a sampling of three interesting workplace culture perspectives (by country) from this research.
A few years ago, I bought a height adjustable work table so we could experiment with standing work postures versus sitting working postures. A few people tried the stand up table, but it took awhile for anyone to really stick with daily use. In the last year that all changed. Justin was the first Atom […]
As any friend of Atomic knows, we have a great open office environment and matching open culture. But not all open offices are created equal. My previous employer had the layout of an open office, but not a truly open environment. A fully open environment means new ideas are shared, problems can be globally solved, […]
I’m a workplace designer by professional experience and education. As Atomic Object’s multi-tasking business manager, one of the many hats I wear is as its workplace planner and designer. Before joining Atomic Object, I researched and designed leading edge workplaces for Herman Miller. The Harvard Business Review is not my typical go-to source for insights […]
In 2010 Atomic Object was honored with the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. This award program is part of the national When Work Works project, an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce and the Twiga Foundation. Recently, I listened in on a conference […]
Elvis Costello sings the melancholy tune, “A Good Year for the Roses.” The song has stuck with me, but the sad sentiment doesn’t match the colorful riot of rose blooms showing in Atomic Object’s parking lot this summer.
One of the first things visitors to the Atomic Object office may notice is a lack of walls. This has come to be known as the “Atomic Brain Trust” — an open environment that encourages ideas to flow as freely as the coffee that sparks them. David Christiansen was one such visitor, writing of his […]