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Community Asset: How Libraries are Adapting to COVID

by | August 25, 2020 0 Ideas, Interior Design

Throughout the pandemic, library facilities have continued serving their customers. While many library buildings remain closed to patron use, most provide at least limited services to the degree community leaders and staff feel is appropriate and safe. Especially in these times, where there’s a high reliance on technology and electronic resources, libraries are providing a […]

Hospitality Designed for Longevity

A while back, I made a site visit to review two different guestroom prototypes for our client’s consideration. The temporary rooms were constructed with walls, ceilings and floors, and fully furnished. The prototypes were reviewed, one was selected, and just like that — everything in the two rooms became obsolete. Luckily, members of the design […]

#9: Workplace Gameplans: Communication

by | August 5, 2020 0 Ideas

SERA has set our ever-tentative return-to-office date in mid-September (primarily so we can celebrate in-person our love of the oh-so-wonderful hyphen). No matter your industry or the size of your organization, returning to the work environment will require clear communication and experimentation with new ways to accommodate the high-value (and even the low-value) interactions that […]

#8: The CDC Solo Commute

by | July 28, 2020 0 Ideas

In May, the CDC released sweeping recommendations for preventing the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace. While many of the strategies expectedly focus on social distancing, improving ventilation and modifying behavior in the office, one surprising admonition involves how employees actually get to and from work. The CDC suggests that employers provide incentives for workers […]

#7: Discovering ‘Personal Purpose’ In a Pandemic 

by | July 21, 2020 2 Ideas

Covid-19 has profoundly influenced the planet, presenting deep challenges for people and businesses. Many people are stressed and even fearful — nervous about others‘ and their own health, and the state of the world in general. We face physical separation from our colleagues, clients, friends and even relatives. It’s hard to go from daily interaction […]

#6: The Power of Positive Chit Chat

by | July 16, 2020 1 Ideas

Recently the SERA Workplace studio had an informal town hall-style meeting over Teams. Each member of the studio was asked to think about the following questions and come prepared to share their innermost feelings (or at least speak candidly). ♦  What do you miss about being in the office? ♦  What brings value to you […]

#5: Dear Self-Starting Team Player..

by | July 14, 2020 0 Ideas

Hey You. Y‘know, you’re really special.  No, we mean it. Your collective experiences and skills polished over your lifetime make you uniquely qualified to do the work you’re doing. Maybe you’re an architect with an anthropology degree that makes you particularly adept at predicting behavior and use patterns within a building. Or perhaps you’re a […]

#4: Rules of Engagement: Constant Cooperation

by | July 9, 2020 2 Ideas

As we’ve sheltered in place and avoided social contact over the last few months, many of us have thought quite a bit about what the return to office life will look like. How do we share space and physical resources? How will we provide the mental and spiritual support for each other? How can we […]

#3: Rules of Engagement: Building Trust

by | July 7, 2020 0 Ideas

At SERA, we come to work knowing that our offices are environments of respect, cooperation and collaboration. That’s not going to change when we return after working from home for so long. But it won’t be exactly the same office we left either. Social distancing, face masks, obsessively cleaned surfaces and a conspicuous lack of […]

#2: Social Contact Requires a Social Contract

by | July 1, 2020 0 Ideas

Welcome back to the SERA Workplace series! Have you thought much about social contracts? No? That makes all of us. Prior to this pandemic, it was (hopefully) understood that you shouldn’t take up two seats on a crowded train, trim your nails at the conference table, stand facing the back of the elevator, Reply All […]