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What Remote Employees Can Do to Build Trust with Their Managers

Posted by Keith Fentress on Feb 22, 2018

Topics: Telework, remote manager, Telecommuting Policy, Home Office

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

The foundation of any work relationship is trust. It used to be that your manager would give you assignments and, if you performed well, you would earn greater trust. Over time, you would be given more responsibility. This responsibility often came with more autonomy – the ability to make your own decisions about your work with less oversight. Gaining more autonomy has long been a key employee motivator. With the rise of remote work, autonomy takes on a whole new meaning. Instead of something that is earned through building trust, it now must be given automatically to remote employees.

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Pathways to Justice: Courthouse Circulation

Posted by Alan Ruby on Feb 15, 2018

Topics: Courthouse Space Standards and Functionality, courthouse design


By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect

The role of a courthouse circulation system is both to connect courthouse components and to separate the movement of the public, judges, court personnel, and prisoners throughout the courthouse. This article provides guidance to architects and court managers regarding the functional objectives and design principles that can lead to an ideal courthouse circulation system.

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User–Friendliness as an Emerging Courthouse Design Trend

Posted by Keith Fentress on Feb 8, 2018

Topics: Courthouse Aesthetics, Courthouse Space Standards and Functionality, Courtroom Design, courthouse design

By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

Emerging Design Trends Blog Title.pngIn 2015, State of the State Courts survey respondents were asked: "How would you rate the job being done by courts in your state?" Surprisingly, the question revealed that only 48% of Americans are happy with their courthouse experience.

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Confessions of a Home Office Worker's Daughter

Posted by Sierra Fentress on Feb 1, 2018

Topics: Virtual Workforce, Telecommuting Policy, Home Office


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By Sierra Fentress, daughter of Keith Fentress (President, Fentress Inc.)

I was prompted to write this blog per my father’s request, and being a 17-year-old high school senior, I figure now is as good a time as ever to get published somewhere (even if it is only via my dad’s company blog). So, I am here to tell you all what you’ve clearly been dying to know: what is it like to be the child of a parent who works from home? I hope you enjoy.

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Open Offices Can Cause Anxiety - What Can Be Done?

Posted by Keith Fentress on Jan 25, 2018

Topics: Open Office Design, Space Transition Design Psychology, open office


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By Keith Fentress, Executive Consultant

The open office has been heralded as a modern office layout that promotes collaboration, innovation, and a more flexible workplace. But is there a downside? The answer is yes – open offices can also promote anxiety.

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The Courtroom Set: A Vital Part of Courthouse Planning

Posted by Alan Ruby on Jan 18, 2018

Topics: Courtroom Design, courthouse design


By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect

The courthouse is both a prominent symbol of the rule of law and a day-to-day workplace for judges, attorneys, and court staff. As a workplace, it is unlike any other public or private sector facility. This article addresses the core of that workplace – the courtroom set – and provides guidance to architects and court managers regarding its functional objectives and design principles.

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Flexible Workplaces – A Great Recruiting Tool

Posted by Donna Chaney on Jan 11, 2018

Topics: Flexible Workspace, Mobile Workforce Solutions, Telework, Telecommuting Policy, Home Office

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By Donna Chaney, Senior Consultant

Employee mobility, telework, and flexible workspaces have been on the rise for the past decade (at least), and for good reason. These arrangements offer many benefits – enhanced collaboration opportunities, easier interaction among co-workers and managers, reduced space and facility costs, and increased employee satisfaction and work-life balance. But another benefit of flexible work offices is one that may not be immediately obvious. The ability to accommodate a range of work options and styles is a powerful recruiting tool, especially with professionals who may value flexibility and innovative office spaces over traditional work benefits.

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The Architect and the Court Planning Consultant: A Match Made in Heaven

Posted by Matt Hemphill on Jan 4, 2018

Topics: Courthouse Renovation/Construction/Economics, Courthouse Processes and Planning, Courtroom Design


By Matt Hemphill, Senior Architect

I was once part of a courthouse planning team for a new courthouse. When we sat down to interview the short list of architecture firms, the first firm brought in a court planning consultant as part of their team. We were all impressed. They walked out the door and the next architecture firm came in. To my surprise, the same court planning consultant that had been on the first team re-entered the room with the second team! This continued throughout the day…the same court planning consultant had teamed with five of the seven or so firms we interviewed! From this experience two things became immediately apparent: 1) There are not many court planning consultants; and 2) The architecture firms recognized how important the role of a court planning consultant is when it comes to designing a courthouse. For architecture firms seeking to add courthouse projects to their portfolio, teaming up with a qualified court planning consultant, one that combines a mix of skill sets that includes both analysis and architecture, can be a perfect fit.

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Time Management in the Home Office: Three Mind Hacks

Posted by Alison Jones on Dec 28, 2017

Topics: Telework, Home Office


By Alison Jones, Lead Consultant

When people hear that I work from home, they often say, “I could never do that. I’d be so distracted by all the stuff I could be doing around the house.” Yes, there are distractions in the home office, just as there are in any office. My version of the overly chatty and disruptive cubicle-mate is the dog who occasionally needs a walk, or the child who bursts in the door after a long day at school eager to tell me about his math test… of course when I’m deep in thought. Distractions are a part of life. Learning how to deal with them – and how to manage time effectively – is the key to being successful in any office. Below are three mind tricks – no fancy scheduler required - to help you manage your time, no matter what office environment you work in.

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Saving the Planet, One Home Office at a Time

Posted by Trish Lomonosov on Dec 21, 2017

Topics: Mobile Workforce Solutions, Virtual Workforce, Home Office


By Trish Lomonosov, Senior Analyst / Planner

Global Warming. Carbon Footprint. Greenhouse Gases. These terms have sparked debate and become somewhat politicized in recent years. Regardless of whether you believe that significant damage can result from the earth’s warming or whether you remain skeptical, you still may have stopped to ask yourself what you can do to help the environment. Establishing an eco-friendly home office and adopting some simple, commonsense practices can have a positive impact on the sustainability of Mother Earth. Even if helping the environment is not the primary reason for establishing a home office, the eco-friendly benefits are certainly a plus.

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