how they are tested. What are the results
of those tests? Are they certified? What do
those certifications mean? It really came
down to avoiding bringing as many toxic
chemicals as possible into the office. That’s
how we chose.
i+s: What has been the biggest hit?
OA: I don’t know that it’s one thing. I really
truly believe it’s a collective thing. My needs
and those drivers for me are different from
my neighbors. As we were planning this
relocation, one of the things we talked about
a lot was how we energize our space. How
do we keep things from getting stagnant?
We are about creating spaces, and creativity
comes to us in different shapes and sizes.
i+s: How has making wellness a
priority affected your office space?
OA: Hands down, it’s been a positive
impact. People are happier. You can’t plan
for every scenario, but you can respond to
it, and I think that’s the thing that makes
for very positive impact. I see and hear
that people aren’t talking about being in a
dark corner of the building, people aren’t
talking about the indoor air quality here
as opposed to the old warehouse space
we were in before. People aren’t talking
They’re talking about the real challenges
of our career, stuff that we come in and get
paid for. In reality, you shouldn’t have to
worry when you go to work. You shouldn’t
have to worry about whether or not you
are going to react negatively to the
products that are in that space. If it’s done
right, people don’t even think about it.
They just show up to work. They’re
worried about the other things they should
be worried about.
If we’re encouraging
you to come to the office,
we need to create an
environment that is
desirable, and doesn’t
impact you in any
ABOVE + RIGHT HKS employees
are given the choice to sit at
traditional desks or switch to
sit-stand, allowing them to adapt
their environment to fit their own
needs. Both enclosed and public
meeting spaces are available
to provide groups with the best
The centralized office location
in Dallas's bustling downtown
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