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WorkSpace Connect's expert-led conference program will help you create strategies, spaces, and provide best practices that enable collaboration among employees across situations, generations, work styles, and locations.

More sessions to be added and final schedule released soon.

Holistic Approach to Collaboration Excellence: Real-World Examples

Speakers:

Dirk Propfe, MSLS, President & CEO, ET Group

Michelle N. Moore, MBA, Partner, Strategic Advisory Services, ET Group

Lisa Perrine, Ed.d, Experience Designer, Communications Strategist, CEO, Cibola Systems

When implementing new systems and spaces, enterprises must understand how to create the best possible collaboration experiences for employees. Achieving this optimal result requires a holistic approach that takes into account the technology, human capital, and workplace factors. ET Group, a Canadian consultancy, has developed just such a holistic methodology, and will share the details of its approach, and how your enterprise can learn from it.

This session will provide a detailed description of two enterprise case studies and will share insights on the application and challenges associated with this new approach.

Participant Outcomes:

  1. Understand a holistic approach to enabling collaboration excellence in organizations based on two client case studies.
  2. Understand the business case to the enterprise for such an approach.

Huddle Spaces: The Power of Smaller Meeting Rooms

Speaker:

Ira Weinstein, Managing Partner, Recon Research

When implementing new systems and spaces, enterprises must understand how to create the best possible collaboration experiences for employees. Achieving this optimal result requires a holistic approach that takes into account the technology, human capital, and workplace factors. ET Group, a Canadian consultancy, has developed just such a holistic methodology, and will share the details of its approach, and how your enterprise can learn from it.

This session will provide a detailed description of two enterprise case studies and will share insights on the application and challenges associated with this new approach.

Key questions to be answered during this session include:

  • What exactly are huddle rooms – and what makes them so interesting?
  • Should all huddle rooms have the same shape, size, look, and feel?
  • Do huddle rooms need custom furniture, millwork, or facilities work?
  • Do all of them need walls?
  • Do I need AV and conferencing capabilities in all of my huddle rooms?
  • How much should we expect to spend on technology for a typical huddle room?
  • What are the huddle room gotchas, from a facilities/space planning perspective?

The Insider’s Guide to Meeting Room Design

Speaker:

Ira Weinstein, Managing Partner, Recon Research

The battle rages on. Real-estate and facilities need to stay on budget and on schedule. Planners need to use space as efficiently as possible Designers need a look-and-feel that supports your brand and persona.

But what of the audio-visual (AV) and collaboration/IT folks? All too often, they show up at the end of the discussion – as uninvited disruptors trying to shoehorn technology into a pre-existing space.

And who pays the price? The poor end users who just want to meet, ideate, communicate, and collaborate. They don’t care about the details. They just want to make a difference and get things done – simply and easily.

So how do we break this cycle of failure? We do it by creating meeting spaces that are “collaboration friendly” by design, and by making the right planning decisions up-front, involving the right people across departments, to avoid downstream usability and experience compromises.

During this session, you’ll learn what you need to consider when designing (or transforming) your company’s meeting rooms, as shared by industry experts with decades of experience in the field.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The types and quantity of rooms your users need to succeed
  • Best practices for room shape, size, layout, and seating
  • The pitfalls of poor room acoustics, lighting, or color schemes
  • The power and peril of meeting rooms without walls
  • Next-generation design tactics (cable management, control and automation, AI, etc.)
  • Ways technology can be integrated into workspace furnishings
  • Workflows and technologies that empower workers

Productive Global Collaboration: Five Success Factors

Speakers:

Dirk Propfe, MSLS, President & CEO, ET Group

Michelle N. Moore, MBA, Partner, Strategic Advisory Services, ET Group

Lisa Perrine, Ed.d, Experience Designer, Communications Strategist, CEO, Cibola Systems

How can you build productive teams when members are global, separated by time, distance, language and culture? Recent studies show that mutual respect and contributions are crucial to team collaboration, so the most productive team meetings create a safe psychological space where members are comfortable sharing their emotions, and they feel that their personal contributions are valued. However, that safe space can be challenging to create in a purely virtual environment.

This session explores five elements of successful global collaboration. Also, we explore supporting technology practices including weaving in different modes of communication (real time and asynchronous).

Participants Will Learn About:

  • Using a hands-on format to explore the concept of a psychologically safe space.
  • Practicing applying the evaluation method to your own real-world collaboration challenges.

Participant Outcomes:

  1. Understand the five elements of successful global team collaboration.
  2. Recognize how to create a psychologically safe team space.

Workspaces Reimagined: How Emerging Technologies Are Reshaping the Modern Office

Speaker:

Ira Weinstein, Managing Partner, Recon Research

Forget everything you know about workspace design. That was then, but this is now. 

The modern workspace is about more than just square feet, offices, meeting rooms, and headcount. It’s an environment that empowers and motivates your most important resource – your people.  And this is how you attract – and retain – leading-edge talent.

During this hard-hitting session, you’ll learn about audio-visual (AV) and collaboration technologies that drive productivity and foster satisfaction for all your employees – whether they’re working in the office, at home, or on the road.

Discover how to capitalize on technologies like sound masking, speaker tracking, and in-room sensors, and to get the most from artificial intelligence and automation in your workspaces.

This session will help you transform your workspace from a recurring expense into an asset that contributes to your company’s long-term success.

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