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Originally published to PlaceLab, written by Contributing Author, Elizabeth Wellington.

On any typical day, Pearl, a 22-acre former brewery complex in San Antonio, Texas, is teeming with life. Teenagers hang out in the plaza, office workers come and go, and families pop into The Twig Book Shop for the latest read. While there are restaurants, local retailers, offices, residences and an award-winning hotel all along the San Antonio River, it is clear that the whole of the experience here is greater than the sum of its parts. …


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EQ Flex at CANVAS Costa Mesa, EQ Office

Originally published to PlaceLab, and written by Contributing PlaceLab Author, Elizabeth Wellington.

The 1990s cult classic movie “Office Space” tells the comedic story of an employee who is driven to his breaking point by corporate drudgery. The rows of impersonal cubicles, the fluorescent lights and a micromanaging boss all drive the main character, Peter Gibbons, to a dramatic point of no return. In a symbolic first gesture, Gibbons knocks down the cubicle wall that stands between him and the only window in the office before. With devastating humor, the film portrays a workforce exhausted by a one-size-fits-all office environment, optimized for productivity rather than creativity. …


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The challenges of 2020 have tested our endurance. As we find ourselves deep into the fourth quarter, still navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and attempting to refine our office re-entry plans, we can’t help but ask: Is this the last mile of this marathon? The 26.2-mile run has long been used as a metaphor to conjure up the most pressing, extended challenges of an individual’s professional and personal life. …


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Gratitude holds new significance after the disruption of the pandemic this year, both personally and professionally. We find ourselves experiencing a deeper appreciation for simple things, such as paper goods, and reflecting on what a true privilege it is to safely see our family, friends and colleagues during “normal” times. In the spring of this year, most knowledge workers made the transition from their connected, in-person teams to the confinement of their makeshift home workspaces. …


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Research featured in Harvard Business Review reveals that while 95% of people believe that they’re self-aware, only 10% to 15% of people actually are. A more shocking revelation, though, is that colleagues who lack awareness of themselves cut their team’s likelihood of success in half. When leaders develop self-awareness, they unlock an abundance of benefits for their organization.

Developing self-awareness also sets the foundation for leaders to feel empathy for team members, particularly while designing the functionality of the workplace. Organizations often allocate workspace based on cost savings and prestige — you’ll usually find the C-Suite in corner offices and everyone else working in the same repeatable setup. …


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Why Breaks, Naps and Daydreams Are So Vital Now

Expert advice from Rachael O’Meara, author of ‘Pause,’ to bring the chaos of daily work to a refreshing halt and give yourself a ‘Cease and desist’ to reduce unhealthy stress.

Editor’s note: This article is part of our ongoing series about how to support wellness at work during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nearly a decade ago, Rachael O’Meara realized that something was no longer right with the way she worked. She was overwhelmed by stress and headed toward workplace burnout. As she described it: “My ‘think about work’ switch was permanently on, and I couldn’t find the off switch.” Like many of us who have loaded ourselves up with too much work for too long, she felt lost and could no longer enjoy herself when she was out with friends. …


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Cover Photo Credit: Courtesy of INC Architecture Image and Design

Until the novel COVID-19 virus shut Seattle down, Amy Baker, General Manager at the US Bank Centre building, enjoyed the convenience of sending her two daughters, one 3 years old and the other 10 months, to Pacific First Montessori, a daycare preschool located in the building. Like many schools across the country, the preschool is now closed, and Baker is now working from home while homeschooling her older daughter.

Baker has made herself a home office, and she’s tried to recreate the environment her older daughter is used to, by turning an area of the living room into her daughter’s favorite school reading nook. …


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Working remotely from home does come with benefits. Without the need to commute or to dress up for work, many employees today — possibly not changing out of their PJs or sweatpants until lunch — have more time on their hands. A study from Stanford University found, surprisingly, that those who work at home are actually more productive than colleagues who go into the office. They produced a full day’s work more because they found it less distracting and easier to concentrate at home. …


A visitor to EQ Office’s new building, CANVAS, will immediately understand what inspired the building’s name. Newly infused with a spirit of art and community, the vibrant exteriors of these two granite and brick low-rise buildings make a statement among the corporate campuses on the east side of the city.

An art program in an office building can attract prospective tenants, by showing them that they are joining a thriving workplace culture.

Three exterior walls now boast murals by well-known and upcoming street muralists. On Bristol Street, the main thoroughfare that runs through the city, the world-renowned muralist Aaron De La Cruz has painted one of his signature designs, featuring interdimensional black shapes and symbols. A mural by the artist Charmaine Olivia on another wall features Calypso, the goddess-nymph who detained the Greek hero Odysseus on the mythical island of Ogygia. She has a provocative gaze and long blue hair that flows down her shoulders into rolling ocean waves. A third mural, on a parking garage, is by a local artist, Damin Lujan (aka Zao One). …


The message about the workplace of the future is clear: Diversity is a must. Eight out of every 10 prospective Gen Z employees say this single factor plays an important part in their decision whether to work at a company and strongly influences whether they’ll stay longer than a year or two. At the same time, workplace experts advise employers to focus less on diversity and instead, to prioritize inclusion. What are the right strategies for crafting company culture and community with an eye on future recruitment?

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Lead to Happier Employees

First, diversity and inclusion mean different things. Diversity focuses on recognizing differences, but it can end up introducing labels and divisions. Inclusion stresses what we have in common and embraces every aspect of diversity, inviting all kinds of people into discussions, decisions, brainstorming sessions, social events and more. …

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