My last post about IFMA World Workplace 2011 focused on HOK and my FM friends. This post shares some of what I learned (always a highlight of attending conferences for me). I was only in Phoenix for a day and a half, so I didn’t hit quite as many sessions as I would have liked, but I did get to see a couple of really good ones.
I’ve included links to each of the sessions where you can learn more about the presenters and download some additional information if you’re interested in learning more.
Dispelling the Myths of a Telecommuting and Flexible Workplace Program. Great presentation by TIAA-CREF and DEGW sharing information on some of the successes and failures of TIAA CREF’s program. Major challenges of implementing flexible work included: perception that this was a real estate initiative, that the program felt like it was focused on the New York poplulation, and the perception by management and employees of what telecommuting is all about. One of my favorite quotes was, “a bad employee is a bad employee, whether they’re working in the office or somewhere else.”
Just Go With It: Development Programming for Architects in a BIM/IWMS World. Steve Parshall and Robin Ellerthorpe’s presentation that I told you about in my previous post.
The New Scientific Discoveries of Workplace Productivity and Place. This presentation got me thinking a little differently – one of the presenters was from the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture. Great points about differences between cultures, age, gender, etc. Discussion of fractals and biophilia – some favorites of mine (and HOK’s), given our partnership with the Biomimicry Guild!
Products on the Job: Human Factors in Interior Workplace Product Design. This presentation was not my favorite – but it was completely my own fault – I picked based on titles and did not read the description. Oops! That said, the presenter did a good job of really explaining health/safety/wellness features of products.
Driving Radical Change: Case Studies on Change Management. Due to my travel schedule, I only got to listen to about half of this presentation – but the presenter did a fabulous job talking about major changes in her own life and how they related to her case study (Macy’s!).