Developments - July 2017 - 36

DESIGN

Five Design Trends for
a Happy Workspace
BY MARGIT E. WHITLOCK, AIA

I

n the vacation ownership industry, we
spend 99% of our energy satisfying our
potential buyer and our owner's desires.
We have themes and schemes, the best
beds, killer shower experiences, wine coolers,
60" TVs or larger, device-laden processes,
etc. And for every sale, there are dozens of
employees that worked very hard to make
sure it was completed without hassle.
In this article, however, I want to ask how
well are you taking care of your employees?
What does their professional environment
look like-are you creating a happy space
that makes for a more productive and
fulfilling work-day? Studies show that
productivity goes up when employees are
inspired by proper space planning and a
stimulating, healthy work environment.

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"People have huge amounts of discretionary energy that they could devote to their
work, but many are not sufficiently inspired
to do so. Virtually every employee can bring
more to their job, but many don't invest the
additional ingenuity and creativity that they
could. Inspired employees bring more discretionary energy to their work every day. As a
result, they are 125% more productive than
an employee who is merely satisfied. Stated
differently, one inspired employee can
produce as much as 2.25 satisfied employees."
(Michael Mankins, Harvard Business Review,
March 2017)
Employers are faced with balancing
the bottom line while making sure their
"worker bees" are happy. Yet, expectations
and offerings have changed dramatically:

the competition for good talent is way
up, and it is no longer adequate to make a
good wage alone. Today's employee wants
flexibility, style, wellness, and comfort. Most
feel that if they must give 8-10 hours of
their day to their jobs, they should be given
something in return from their employers.
Here are five design trends to contemplate
incorporating into your back-of-house
settings that could help inspire your
work-teams-from management to sales to
operations. These trends are categorized by
personality type, an extension of the person
into the space in which they work.
1. The Flirt - you know the type!
Social connectivity is very important.
Provide touch-down spaces for quick


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Developments - July 2017

UP FRONT
FIRST WORD
AROUND THE INDUSTRY
TRUSTEE TALK
MEET THE CHAIR
SUSTAINABILITY
FACES FROM THE FRONTLINES
FOCUS ON: REPUTATION MANAGEMENT
CONVERSIONS: UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
ASK THE EXPERTS
MEMBER MATTERS
EDUCATION
MEMBERSHIP UPDATES
LAST WORD
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Developments - July 2017 - Cover1
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Developments - July 2017 - UP FRONT
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Developments - July 2017 - FIRST WORD
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Developments - July 2017 - AROUND THE INDUSTRY
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Developments - July 2017 - TRUSTEE TALK
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Developments - July 2017 - MEET THE CHAIR
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Developments - July 2017 - SUSTAINABILITY
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Developments - July 2017 - FACES FROM THE FRONTLINES
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Developments - July 2017 - FOCUS ON: REPUTATION MANAGEMENT
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Developments - July 2017 - CONVERSIONS: UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
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Developments - July 2017 - CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
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Developments - July 2017 - CONSTRUCTION FINANCE
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Developments - July 2017 - ASK THE EXPERTS
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Developments - July 2017 - MEMBER MATTERS
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Developments - July 2017 - EDUCATION
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Developments - July 2017 - MEMBERSHIP UPDATES
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