Universities
Shaping the Future: How Disruptive Innovation is Changing Higher Education
Kevin Rettle
Kevin Rettle

Vice President,
Global Offer Development – Universities
Sodexo

The pace of change in higher education is accelerating faster than any time in history. Today, higher education is a global commodity with all the competition and product diversification of any Fortune 500 organization. Mostly steeped in learning constructs hundreds of years old, today’s colleges and universities are subject to stronger political, social, economic, and technology market forces than ever before and are driven by a generation of students that will not accept the status quo. (more…)

Workforce & Workplace
Bridging Art & Science to Create Space that Works
Kevin Rettle
Kevin Rettle

Vice President,
Global Offer Development – Universities
Sodexo

In a Workplace Trends Report, I explored the resurrection of evidence-based space design (EBD).  I know, I know – many of you are asking, what is EBD? If you read the brief with its history, application, and business case for using EBD, you will realize it’s all quite logical. Consider this: as corporate real estate executives transition their roles from administrative tactics to enablers of their companies’ performance, the use of evidence based design becomes a natural instrument to the creation of space and service architectures that maximize performance of individuals and organizations.

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Workforce & Workplace
Workplace Starts at the Front Door
Kevin Rettle
Kevin Rettle

Vice President,
Global Offer Development – Universities
Sodexo

The demand for a quality worklife isn’t confined to corporate offices. For most employees the workday experience begins and ends in the lobby of the building, and developers and building owners are reconsidering what design features and amenities will make their properties attractive to a new generation of tenants. To be competitive, Class A buildings, whether they are new construction or repositioned properties, now feature active entry lobbies with great curb appeal — a concept that has evolved dramatically since the 1970s and 1980s, when the office tower was designed more as a corporate icon than as a vital part of the work experience. Set back from stark entry plazas, the sleek lobbies were treated as voids, sheathed in stone and dark glass.

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Workforce & Workplace
Workplace Design for the Generations
Kevin Rettle
Kevin Rettle

Vice President,
Global Offer Development – Universities
Sodexo

Today’s office planning approach has come full circle, from the organizational needs of the late 20th century to the uber-individual focus of the dot.com era, to what is now a hybrid of both. Companies have long seen space as a differentiating factor in attracting talent, but with four generations, with vastly different attitudes and work styles in the place of work, companies must now re-think how space works for them.

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