Kimball is pleased to offer both educational materials and specific training/classes to help expand your knowledge of factors influencing office furniture and the way people work. Our goal is to assist you with personal and professional development in these areas:
 
  • Workplace knowledge
  • Sustainable practices
  • Industry topics and trends
 
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Read from industry experts about upcoming trends, new research, and recent offerings that impact the office furniture industry and the way we work.

Benching-An Important Piece of Today's Workplace
Classroom of the Future
Designing for Well-Being and Harmony
How A Place Makes Us Feel
Learning Is A Dynamic Process
Renewing, Repurposing, Optimizing Space
The Connection Between Well-Being and Creativity
Workplace Change Management: An Overview
Workplace Strategy

Available Seminars

Below is a list of available Kimball seminars. Click on any title to get more information about that particular topic. All courses are IDCEC-approved and IIDA-accredited for professional Continuing Education Units (CEU) and delivered by Kimball experts.

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CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: Interior Design, Sustainable and or / Environmental Design
Designation: HSW
Learning Level: Intermediate

Anchored by the latest industry, public health, and scientific research, this Designing Buildings (WELL™) presentation explores how intentional design has the power to fuel our bodies, keep us moving, inspire our best work and facilitate a good night's sleep. As architects, designers, engineers, builders, operators and owners of buildings, we too are caretakers. Gain insight and understanding of the WELL™ strategies (v1 and v2 Pilot) used for thousands of building projects in more than 55 countries around the world. By placing people at the heart of design in the built environment, we actively contribute to the global movement of health and well-being for all.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the interrelated performance of buildings, humans, and business. How an integrated approach that reinvents the built environment around its occupants, transforms the places into systems intended to promote and improve human health and well-being.
  • Recognize how the WELL Building Standard enhances and shapes safe and healthy environments for people by addressing specific issues identified from rigorous research that place health and wellness at the center of design, construction, technology and programming decisions.
  • Connect and apply health-promoting strategies and concepts of WELL Building Standard to the built environment to help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns and overall physical / cognitive performance of its occupants.
  • Convey the knowledge of the WELL Building Standard to others by qualifying how WELL combines best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research-harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and well-being.
This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC and is also AIA CES approved LU | HSW
CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: Design Specialties, Education
Designation: General
Learning Level: Intermediate

Many of the methodologies used in workplace design to enhance productivity and satisfaction at work can be applied to making education environments more conducive to learning and innovation through the encouragement of exploration, risk-taking, and peer interaction. What factors influence learning space and how can workplace design translate to the enhancement of the student experience? The Future will be about creating environments that embrace the culture of the university and nurture knowledge. What story should the learning space tell?

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the factors that influence campus planning today.
  • Recognize how current best practices in workplace design can positively impact the design of learning spaces.
  • Understand how a change in campus planning can affect a university’s bottom line.
  • Develop ways to bridge the gap between the current and the future design state.
This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC While some AIA members can self-report this course for credit, this is not always effective as some state licensing boards may not accept the credit for licensure.
CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: 1. Theory & Creativity 4. Psychology
Designation: Health, Safety, Welfare
Learning Level: Intermediate

Cognitive scientists have learned a lot about how physical environments influence our mood and, through our mood, how we think and behave. Science-based findings can be applied in practice to develop places where people perform to their full potential and have other positive working experiences. Rigorous research effectively details how design can, via mood, improve collaboration with others, concentration on solo work, job satisfaction, employee engagement, and trust in employers and co-workers, for example. This course translates cognitive science research that can be used in practice from “science-ease” into everyday language so it can, in the economic context of efficient real estate management, be utilized now and in the future to create places where people work well and feel good while doing so.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how environmental psychology research informs the psychology of space to affect moods.
  • Become familiar with how the power of design and sensory experiences affect mood and, via mood, employee performance, job satisfaction, engagement, and trust in employers and coworkers.
  • Recognize the design universals that optimize sensory experiences to encourage positive moods.
  • Be able to integrate relevant science-based findings and real world concerns, to support desired emotional experiences and boost human performance.
This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC and is also AIA CES approved LU | HSW
CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: Design Specialties, Healthcare
Designation: HSW
Learning Level: Intermediate

The scariest sentence in the English language is “We’ve Always Done It This Way.” As healthcare continues to be done the same way, costs for individuals are escalating and the satisfaction rate is plummeting for both patients and caregivers. Positive change is a must, and that comes from focusing on preventable care, technology integration, and revising product applications. 
 
A great place to start this shift is in the exam room. By focusing on care for true well-being, using technology to support physician/patient interactions, and thinking about the floorplan in new ways, the entire experience can become more pleasant and effective. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Address the current healthcare model and exam room of today.
  • Explain the idea of preventable care, and the future of medicine – well-being.
  • Discuss how technology is a key factor in the change equation and the direction of healthcare.
  • Demonstrate the exam room of tomorrow using preventable care, technology and product applications.
This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC and is also AIA CES approved LU | HSW.
CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: Interior Design, Future Issues
Designation: HSW
Learning Level: Intermediate

Wellbeing at work is a growing challenge for companies struggling with an unpredictable economic environment and in that perspective, more and more become dependent on their employees’ willingness to go the extra mile. Encouraging ‘wellbeing at work’ by developing active elements in this area positively impacts employee engagement and eventually companies performance.

This CEU will focus on simple and fundamental amenities companies can integrate for human health wellness and wellbeing in the office environment. Discussion will center around suggestions, cautions and best practices to consider when planning and designing for the positive benefits of the occupiers.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the drivers of the popular current focus on wellness and wellbeing.
  • Recognize the importance and fundamentals of Wellness and Well-Being (environment + appreciation + emotion).
  • Develop an appreciation for the way humans can best interact in their work environments.
  • Harness the built environment (the basis of Well Building and other standards).as a vehicle to support human health and well-being.
This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC While some AIA members can self-report this course for credit, this is not always effective as some state licensing boards may not accept the credit for licensure.
1 CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: Interior Design/Universal Design
Designation: HSW

As the world moves more and more toward the sharing of human, physical and intellectual resources as well as an increasing labor makeup of contingent workers, the workplace is changing. Flexible work is not just for entrepreneurs and startups, it is strongly penetrating all sectors of business and will have profound effect on current and future workplaces.

This CEU will focus on the implications that co-working concepts are having for those designing for and managing corporate facilities. Discussion will center around suggestions, cautions and best practices to consider when planning for the health, safety and welfare of the occupiers of these spaces.

Learning Objectives:
  • Develop an appreciation for coworking design principles related to the welfare and health of occupants
  • Overcome the buzz and recognize the fundamental implications
  • Recognize the drivers of this new perspective
  • Understand the impact on T.A.R.P.E. (Talent, Attract, Retain, Performance, Engagement)

This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC.

While some AIA members can self-report this course for credit, this is not always effective as some state licensing boards may not accept the credit for licensure.
.1 CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: 2. Interior Design, Future Issues
Designation: HSW
Classification: Intermediate

While professional workers are spending less time in the office each week, the meaning of that time may have changed in important ways. The office has become an important location for symbolic, social, learning, and creative interactions. A direct result of this movement is that the design of offices has taken on a high level of importance. Beyond simple notions of efficiency, physiological and security needs, office design has gained attention for its ability to meet the emerging needs of workers related to personal experience, connection, engagement wellbeing and happiness as they spend fewer, but perhaps more important, hours in the office.

The key to successful design of these emerging environments is to manage the delicate balance of the multitude of environmental factors that can many times conflict with each other. This balance is key to the health, safety and welfare of the occupants while providing the spaces that are appropriate for their intended goals and use.


Learning Objectives:
  • Identify the key workplace qualities that must be balanced for emerging worker needs
  • Recognize the major influencers of this balance
  • Understand the conflicts to balance that exist
  • Develop an approach to achieving this delicate balance

This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC.

While some AIA members can self-report this course for credit, this is not always effective as some state licensing boards may not accept the credit for licensure.
.1 CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: 8.8 Business and Professional Practice, Oral Communication Skills
Designation: General
Learning Level: Intermediate

Each of us has an interaction or communication/social style that we favor. It is simply the style we are most comfortable with and describes how we prefer to give and receive information. It is the style we use naturally. With the strong emphasis and need for effective collaboration within the office environment for and with our clients, we need to not only understand our own preferred style, but all identify the styles of our clients and co-workers to interact more effectively with them and to help them understand the importance for their business.

Learning Objectives:
  • Gain a better self understanding of our personal interaction strengths and weaknesses
  • Better understand how you interact with others and how others perceive you.
  • Identify ways to interact with others more effectively
  • Build communication skills in dealing with co-workers, clients and others
  • Blend your interaction style to increase your effectiveness

This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC While some AIA members can self-report this course for credit, this is not always effective as some state licensing boards may not accept the credit for licensure.
.1 CEU credit - 1 hour
Subject Code: 2.9 Interior Design, Programming and Planning
Designation: Health Safety Welfare
Classification: Intermediate

People have a natural resistance to change even though there are good business reasons for transforming the workplace. Often workers feel vulnerable with the process. Consequently, workplace change management should be executed very carefully and thoughtfully for the health and wellbeing of the occupants. The goal is to create a well-crafted program that provides support for employees about their new workplace and assists them in getting back to work as quickly and effectively as possible. This session will explore the importance of workplace change management along with the key steps to success.

Learning Objectives:
  • Convey the principles and importance of workplace change management
  • Explain the five steps of a successful workplace change management program
  • Recognize the impact of change management on employee health, safety and welfare
  • Discuss how to support a client’s workplace change initiative differently by understanding the effects of change through the eyes of the employees.

This course is approved through IDCEC for credit with IIDA, ASID and IDC.

While some AIA members can self-report this course for credit, this is not always effective as some state licensing boards may not accept the credit for licensure.