Design is Everywhere: How to Build a Healthy Hybrid Workplace

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PRINTCast: The PRINT Podcast Studio is a curated collection of cutting-edge podcasts we love about design, creativity, branding, books, and further subjects afield. Soon, we’ll have a dedicated digital listening room. In the meantime, we present Design Museum’s Design is Everywhere, hosted by Sam Aquillano and Liz Pawlak—a “podcast featuring stories of people and organizations using design to make an impact and change the world.”

The latest episode (No. 29): “Hybrid, Healthy Workplaces as Employee Engagement Centers.”

Here’s more from the Design is Everywhere team:

As we approach Design Museum’s Workplace Innovation Summit (Dec. 7–11), on this week’s episode we’re talking about designing healthy workspaces in these unprecedented times—and what lessons we can learn from healthcare environments that can be applied to the workspaces.

While many office workers are still working at home, healthcare workers don’t have a choice; they’ve had to quickly adapt their environments to make them even safer for folks during the pandemic. For the work-from-home crowd, the shine might be wearing off purely remote work as we seek connection with our colleagues and customers. We’re physical beings, and collaboration is just easier in person. Work environments are and will (probably) always be part of our lives, so we can connect in person, share ideas and develop new ideas.

We have two design leaders from HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, to discuss the future of the workplace and how they design healthy workplaces. Our guest co-host is Donald Cremers—he’s a principal and senior project interior designer in HOK’s San Francisco studio. And then we’re joined by Donald’s colleague in the New York office, Christine Vandover, an interior design principal at HOK. Plus, we’ll have our weekly dose of good design.