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Move over, Baby Boomers, the next generation of the workforce is here. And they’re demanding change.

As of 2017, Millennials—those born between 1981 and 1996—make up the largest generation in the workforce. They’re bringing with them new talents, capabilities, and work ethics. They’re also bringing a number of expectations about the type of companies they want to work for, the offices they want to spend their time, and the style of working they want to execute.

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One of the most expensive necessities of running a business is the cost of office space. It’s also one of the most complicated to perfect. Too much space is a waste of money; too little is a problem for employees. In today’s evolving office environments, there are better ways to make use of the space you have, as long as you know where to focus.

But a comprehensive understanding of the use of your spaces can be a challenge in today’s modern office environment. As employees spend less time at their desks and more time in collaborative spaces on location or remote spaces somewhere else, it can be difficult to assess the room utilization reality. So besides taking a walk around your office and assessing the use of spaces bye eye, how can you truly measure the performance of your workplace utilization?

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Humans are a curious bunch. Throughout our storied history, we’ve often modeled our behavior off doctrines for decades, if not centuries, before questioning why or setting out to disprove them. These myths and superstitions have led to what today we would consider ridiculous behavior or foolish beliefs; like avoiding cracks in the sidewalk, not handling toads so as not to get warts, or imbibing in the hair of the dog (both literally to heal that dog bite or figuratively to heal that hangover). 

Just as placing some hair of the dog that bit you into your dog bite (and cracking that beer first thing in the morning) isn’t going to cure your wound (or your pounding headache), there are a number of myths that pervade your office that may actually be doing more harm than good. Many of these office myths might make sense at first glance, but result in some surprising consequences that hamper productivity and employee morale. 

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The standards of the modern office are shifting all the time. Gone are the days of cubicle farms and compartmentalized solitude. Gourmet coffee, cabinets of snacks, dogs in the office, and funky furniture fill newly designed open spaces. Large windows cast natural light throughout open rooms with rows of desks. Large spaces, open concepts, and room for collaboration are all the goals of the modern office. 

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The benefits of modern office design are proven and plentiful, but employees often lament about their lack of privacy and quiet spaces that are lacking in open office concepts. Learn why companies must look for ways to add privacy and quiet areas without reverting to the traditional office design and how they can do it.  

You meet to share ideas, make some progress, gain some results, move forward, collaborate, learn, improve, grow. The is a reason that people end up in a ton of meetings every week in a professional context. It's simply the way modern organizations work these days. Therefore, meetings are an integral part of business life. Your workforce’s meetings are at the heart of your organization. They are where employees get together to collaborate and ultimately drive your company forward, possibly making them one of the most important aspects of your office environment.

In the modern days, with the help of vastly evolving technological development, people build information systems (IS) to ease and assist in execution of various daily tasks. It is not a secret that AskCody contributes to the pool of such information systems, and we are fierce in battling the challenges of everyday employee, manager, receptionist and many other crucial parts of the living and breathing organization. This battle is not easy and we would like to shed a light over some of these issues that we challenge ourselves to overcome.

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AskCody joined Microsoft Build 2017 in downtown Seattle from May 10-12 to learn about the latest technologies and exciting plans on the horizon in Microsoft’s ecosystem. Microsoft Build is the holy grail for developers, filled with announcements on the newest product and feature releases across Microsoft’s various platforms, strong technical sessions on development tools and skill sets as well as opportunities to meet and learn from other in the industry.

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...of today’s activities, find your way to available meeting rooms, know if a huddle room is free or occupied, and make sure that guests and visitors can find their way to where you and your staff members are located for the day?

 New and alternate approaches to workplaces are continually emerging. The latest growing trend is called “Activity-based Working” or “Modern Workplace”. Activity-based Working aim to boost collaboration, productivity and flexibility while reducing costs.