Ep. 157 Aligning Workspace Design with Culture with Rebecca Swanner

In today’s episode, Laura is joined for an invigorating conversation by Rebecca Swanner, where she shared valuable insights on designing workspaces that align with company culture, empower teams, and enhance employee well-being. They discussed the impact of hybrid work on office design, overcoming office friction, and the importance of radical trust in organizations.

Rebecca emphasizes the need for holistic workplace design that considers employees’ values. She highlights the significance of asking the right questions to understand employees’ needs and fostering a culture of trust within the organization.

If you’re interested in learning more about creating a workspace that fosters well-being and supports your team’s success, this episode is a must-listen.

Thank you for tuning in! If you haven’t listened to episode 156, where Laura and Angela Blanco delve into the unique challenges and rewards of learning a new language as a professional, then go back and check it out!

In this episode, we cover:
-How workplace design can shape culture.
-Promoting well-being in the workplace.
-Impact of hybrid work on office design.
-Asking employees what they need.
-Radical trust in the workplace.

Resources and links mentioned during this episode:
-Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn and visit HED to learn more about their projects.
-Find your Free Values Worksheet HERE and take action on what matters most today!
-Subscribe to the podcast’s YouTube channel here.
-Laura’s first book – Values First. How Knowing Your Core Beliefs Can Get You the Life and Career You Want – is now available! Grab your copy today!
-Want to work with Laura? Check out her programs and coaching services.

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More about Rebecca Swanner:

Rebecca is the Workplace Sector Leader of HED, one of the largest architectural and engineering design firms in the US, serving clients nationally in a broad range of market sectors including Healthcare, Higher Education, Mission Critical, Housing and Mixed-Use, Pre-K 12, Science, Manufacturing and Product Development, Workplace, Community and Government.

Her sector specializes in designing workplaces that foster creativity, collaboration, and a supportive team environment that promotes the brand, products, services, and culture of the client. Pivoting to a new hybrid work style, HED’s LA office recently designed its own innovative workspace that features a HUB — an open activity space with material libraries, interactive projection walls, and intentional meeting spaces — to facilitate the team’s working and communication dynamics.

Rebecca is a licensed architect with 15+ years of experience leading projects for national and global brands, including BELKIN, Kennedy Wilson, Disney-Marvel, Apple, and Beats 1 Radio. She has a depth of insight into design strategies and styles that can impact company culture, productivity, and the recruiting and retention of talent.

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