Every day, companies are introducing new ideas, strategies and technologies that change how and where we work.

Each year, new graduates enter the workforce with bold ideas about their work style preferences and needs.

New research is constantly emerging that points to new ways for us to work smarter, healthier and more effectively.

Collectively, these influences are reshaping workplaces and pushing them to a future state that never stops evolving.

For years, companies were caught up in the debate about open vs. closed workplaces and their respective merits. Recognizing this debate never led to a strategic solution; companies have been ramping up investment in research and employee engagement to better understand the types of work their office spaces need to support.

Even more recently, organizations are beginning to look toward other industries like education, art, hospitality and more for design ideas that can spur innovative cultures and enrich company offices.

This turn toward cross-market design influences is indicative of a larger trend in the industry. While markets used to focus on innovating within themselves, we’re now seeing hospitals model their care experience around Apple Stores and corporate workplace strategy influencing the creation of major research centers.

Companies and institutions alike are realizing that several of the design principles that enhance creativity, collaboration, wellness and efficiency are universal when right-sized and strategically applied. They’re also learning that when used appropriately, these cross-market ideas can strengthen recruitment/retention, improve employee performance and accelerate innovation.

Here’s a look at how ideas from education, art, hospitality and start-ups are beginning to reshape how organizations design workplaces for the future.

Education: Channeling the collegiate campus experience in the workplace

Students often spend four or more years on campuses with multi-disciplinary, technology-rich learning facilities, green space and campus walking paths that promote movement and energy. Students who have excelled in these campus environments may have trouble building connections and/or advancing creative ideas in workplaces that lack these elements.

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