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Toronto Designers Debate Yahoo! Memo

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Earlier this month, Inscape hosted a group of senior industry professionals at its Toronto showroom to debate the “no-work-from-home” memo recently sent by Yahoo to its employees. Yahoo’s new policy generated much discussion in the design industry so Inscape gathered leading workspace experts to examine the issues. A similar event was hosted in our New York showroom last month.

The debate included designers from the Toronto design community: Michelle Berry, SGH Design Partners Inc; Kevin Katigbak, HOK; Matt Simpson, Freeman + Freeman; Andrea Wolf-Strike, Gensler; Yuritza Rodriguez, X-Design Inc; Guy Painchaud, B+H; and Trifon Voltsinis, Sandbox. More than 50 designers attended the debate in our Toronto showroom.

Great points were made on both sides, but each seemed to maintain their positions with only a slight change in opinions after the debate: Before the debate, the audience view was 69% for work-from-home and 31% against; afterwards, there was a slight change with 71% for and 29% against.

Designers wishing to join the conversation are welcome to visit Inscape’s Workplace Salon Group on LinkedIn.

| By Michelle Allard

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