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Darina Zlateva Discusses Humanizing the Workplace with Fast Company

The outlet spoke with the KPF Director in a recent report about how to design offices to bring workers back, where she emphasized the importance of well-being.

The report, “RTO in 2024,” offers an 8-point guide on how to design an office that makes users want to return to in-person work. Fast Company spoke with sources around the world in a variety of sectors to provide leaders with insight from both designers and users on how to achieve an environment that exceeds expectations. Darina’s contribution includes insight into how to humanize the workplace as we move “away from utilitarian uniformity and standardization to embrace customization, adaptability, and well-being.”

“Humanizing the workplace involves creating spaces that transcend mere functionality and aim to cultivate connection, comfort, and inspiration,” she shared. “Ultimately, this translates to prioritizing individuals’ needs for a holistic and fulfilling work environment, which includes elements like natural light, attention to craft and materiality, and spaces that encourage collaboration, socialization, and focus.”

Read the full report, with insight from architects, business leaders, and workers themselves, from Fast Company here.

Last month, Darina spoke on a Bisnow panel on how to attract and retain office tenants in New York’s market.