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Millennial expectations

Screenshot 2018-01-15 at 7.48.26 PMCapital One just released this 2017 Work Environment Survey. They questioned 2,500 full-time office millennial professionals in Chicago, Dallas, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C..  Clearly this data set is large enough to provide statistically significant info.

A whopping 86% stated that “companies cannot encourage innovation unless workplace design and environment is innovative,” believing that flexible workspaces are a key component for encouraging the best ideas (88%).  Not surprisingly, 62% of those polled said their company’s current workplace environment fails to encourage innovation. The net net here is that most companies are not succeeding in providing their employees what they expect and also lowering their potential to generate innovative thinking during work hours.

 

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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me.  Having built four start-ups in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley, I’ve shifted gears to study innovation in the modern workplace with a specific focus on Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area.

The modern workspace environment is rapidly changing.  WordPress, the company that provides the software for this site, just closed down their beautiful offices in San Francisco because too many people were telecommuting!  Why and how did they fail?  Do people really want to exclusively work from home?  Doubtful! Is that what founders and CEO’s want?  Of course not.  So this site will be focused on what works today, what doesn’t work today, and share the best and brightest thinking on workspace innovation.

If you care about what a modern workplace could be, and you dream of something better for yourself, your company or the world, I hope this site inspires!
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