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New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology

Beyond Four Walls: Unleashing the Power of Choice and Flexibility in Office Design!

  • 16 Nov 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wasserman Career Center: 133 E 13th Street, 2nd Floor, NY NY


Beyond Four Walls: Unleashing the Power of Choice and Flexibility in Office Design

The physical office is one of the most tangible artifacts of organizational culture. The design of the space influences an individual’s productivity, sense of identity and belonging, and connection to each other. Often thought of as the job of interior designers and architects, the process of designing an office space is unknown territory to many I/O and HR practitioners. In this fun and practical mini-workshop, we will delve into the world of office design beyond the colors of the carpet and curtains. Discover how organizational psychology can play a pivotal role in crafting human-centric workspaces that foster choice, flexibility, and surprisingly, productivity, despite what some headlines may suggest.

Presenter Bios

Zak Hogg. Zak Hogg is a Senior Consultant and Global Strategy Principle at Veldhoen + Company, a leading firm specializing in optimizing organizational performance through activity-based working. With a background in Industrial Design, and Human Centered Research, he has worked with organizations in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe. He is fascinated by human connection, the role of dialogue as a tool for social and cultural change, and the deeper integration of culture. He has worked with small change groups, through to global leadership teams, across a range of industries and sizes. An avid traveler and surfer, he can often be found in the kitchen, and probably asking about or offering the “broader context” more often than is really needed.

Zoe Chen is a Senior Consultant at Veldhoen + Company. After obtaining her Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at New York University, she has been applying behavioral sciences in the workplace, working on topics ranging from brain-based learning to human-centered design. She is deeply curious about what influences people's sense-making and decision-making process, and what drives people's behaviors in the social context. In her current role, she has worked with leaders of numerous global organizations to develop ways of working strategies that prioritize employees' choice and flexibility, while remaining aligned with the organization's business objectives, and integrated across HR, Real Estate, and Technology. She believes that a more flexible, activity-based way of working provides a competitive talent and business advantage for any organization looking to thrive through disruption.

Event Details


Thursday, November 16th 


5:45 pm-8:00 pm


NYU Wasserman Center

The Wasserman Center for Career Development is New York University’s central career development resource, providing services and support to undergraduate students, graduate and graduate certificate students, postdocs, and alumni with a bachelor’s, master’s, graduate certificate, or doctoral degree from nearly every NYU school.

133 E 13th Street, 2nd Floor, NY NY


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