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Nosy Bosses, Loud Clothes, and the Office Outcast: Open Office Dilemmas

Posted by Mary Talley on Mar 15, 2018

Topics: open office, workplace etiquette, manners


By Mary Talley, Senior Analyst

After listening to my friend complain about the woman in the workstation next to her wearing so many bangles that she could not think straight due to the constant jingling of the woman’s bracelets (for which I can only think of two potential solutions – talk to her about it or get a sound machine!), I thought it may be time for another friendly reminder from Miss Open Office Manners herself. Enjoy.

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Top 4 Reasons to Automate Your Court Design Guide Standards

Posted by Ron Seibel on Mar 8, 2018

Topics: Courthouse Processes and Planning, courthouse design


By Ron Seibel, IT Manager

Great news! Discussions are underway regarding finally building a new courthouse. It has taken years to get to this point. Now, to get started, the planning group needs estimates of the amount of space needed for each court component. “Can’t we just use the space we have now?” someone asks. “Well, no,” you say, because only one of the four clerk’s office filing windows has been used since e-filing became the norm. “Does anyone know where the current space standards are stored?” someone else asks. “I think the printed standards are in a binder in the clerk’s office…but that’s very old. I’m not sure where the updates or addendums are stored…if we have them at all.”

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The Building Blocks of Courthouse Organization

Posted by Alan Ruby on Mar 1, 2018

Topics: courthouse design, courthouse circulation, courthouse adjacencies


By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architect

The design of every building is a puzzle. Courthouses are no exception. All the pieces need to fit in a way that make sense and that help guide us through the building. The building blocks of courthouse organization include which pieces are located on the ground floor versus upper floors. And which pieces need to, or in some cases shouldn’t be, located near one another (i.e., adjacencies). A well-organized courthouse has all the puzzle pieces in the right places, which enhances the delivery of justice.

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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

In 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


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


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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