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SHRM NJ Presentation: Designing Workspaces That “Work And Are Worth The Commute”

Paul Gillard

Mar 8, 2023

Val, Lu, and I are looking forward to sharing our thoughts on Designing Workspaces That “Work And Are Worth The Commute” at the March 8th SHRM meeting at the Rutgers Club. Join us if you can - it is sure to be an evening of lively discussion and debate.

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Presentation Description

Make no mistake; employees have very different workplace expectations and needs in the post-COVID world. Traditional workspace designs are inadequate, and employees are demanding more. Seamless interaction spaces, proactive collaboration, and presence equity are now considered “minimum game stakes.” Employers must offer workspaces that are “worth the commute” to attract and retain the best and brightest.

During this session, we will:

  • Share current insights about designing workspaces that can bring out the best in people no matter where they are situated.

  • Share lessons learned in designing hybrid work environments that ensure “presence equity”

  • Outline why HR plays such a critical role in designing workspaces of the future

  • Describe how to build work environments that are “worth the commute.”

Learning Objectives:

  • Share current trends in post-covid workspace design

  • Examine the psychological and sociological considerations for workspace design

  • Outline Human Resources’ role in building inviting, collaborative, productive workspaces

About the Presenters

Paul Gillard, President, Transformation Associates, Inc

As Transformation Associates' founder, Paul brings a wealth of executive-level coaching and consulting experience within the Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, and Manufacturing industries to client engagements.

Paul's success in enabling organizational transformation efforts is primarily due to his proven ability to engage and motivate executives, line managers, and employees in defining, selling, and realizing strategic and operational goals. He employs pragmatic, client-centered approaches to enable clients to constructively challenge and navigate their respective "organizational realities" to deliver maximum customer value.

Ultimately, Paul develops close partnerships with clients and adroitly cuts through the "smoke and mirrors," and drives significant change across the enterprise.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), and the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Valerie Santanasto, Vice President of Sales, dancker

Valerie Santanasto leads a team of interiors experts who help their clients achieve better business results by creating meaningful spaces that connect people, place, and technology. Prior to dancker, Valerie worked for Steelcase in a variety of roles and supported some of the most innovative Fortune 500 companies as they transformed their global workplaces.

Lurdes Borges.,Vice President of Marketing & Communication, dancker

Lurdes Borges contributes to the success of the organization, their clients, and partners with compelling storytelling and thoughtful solutions that deliver exceptional client service. Lurdes is also an advisor on dancker’s Employee Advisory Council and Workplace Strategy Team to help co-create destinations that inspire employees and clients alike.

Paul Gillard, PhD

President | Transformation Associates, Inc. | | (908) 319-6923

Valerie Santanasto

Vice President of Sales | dancker | Somerville, NJ

Lurdes Borges

Vice President of Marketing & Communication | dancker | Somerville, NJ | (908) 231-1600

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