We believe that creating an innovative workplace environment is both a science and an art. As part of the Steelcase family, we have unrivalled access to its world-class workplace research, knowledge and R&D investment. When advising clients, designers, architects and influencers, we combine this world class knowledge and research into human centred design, with the vast local knowledge and expertise of our own teams who have decades of practical experience helping clients transform their working environments.
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Smart devices let us work anywhere. The cloud keeps information with us wherever we go. And, mobile work policies allow more and more people to choose where they want to work. But, there’s a tension bubbling up within organisations. A recent report says employers are rethinking working from home strategies. They want their people to come together to collaborate, innovate, build culture and drive business forward.
Most organisations recognise that innovation and ingenuity stem from teamwork. Collaboration energises people. By working together, employees come up with new and better ideas and discover how to streamline processes and improve output.
A 2017 Gallup report revealed the most engaged employees spend 60 to 80 percent of their time working away from the office. People at work report a lack of collaboration spaces to help them be creative, frequent noise disruptions while working and an inability to effectively communicate creative ideas to coworkers. People are leaving the office because they don’t have the right places to get work done. It is time to redefine what the office means and create workplaces that inspire and that people want to work in.
A decade or so ago, it was a prediction that was easily ignored. Now the trend toward more creative work is an idea whose time has come, and workplaces need to move forward, too. See how Steelcase and technology leader Microsoft have combined efforts to envision a workplace that accelerates the shift to creative work by supporting all the conditions it needs to thrive.
To be successful in the future, workers at every level and in every role will require the ability to generate creative ideas and solve problems in unique ways. Join senior executives from Microsoft and Steelcase to understand how leaders can harness the creative potential of their people, and their organizations, to thrive in today’s dynamic environment.
Offices would be better places to work if they were more like cars. New car models are embedded with technologies that make driving easier, safer and more fun. Sensors tell drivers if there is a truck in their blind spot or if they are about to back into another car when parking. Some cars allow drivers to safely take their hands off the wheel. Many are Wi-Fi enabled. The car doesn’t just provide transportation anymore—it actually helps people be better drivers.
So why can’t we embed technology in the office to help people feel, work and think better?
Less is not always more. For many tasks, multiple monitors offer definite advantages over a single screen. However, the ability to arrange monitors and easily control their position greatly affects productivity, comfort and wellbeing.
Technology makes work mobile, but for many users, small portable screens can’t replace desktop displays. Software engineers, architects, designers and professionals in many industries, from banking and finance to education, engineering and healthcare, rely on the immersive experience of multiple monitors in their daily work. How are multiple monitors (two to six screens) best configured and adjusted? Our extensive primary and secondary research addressed these issues.
In today’s complex and global environment, progressive leaders are reshaping their organisations to operate as a system that’s as complex and adaptive as nature. Leaders are looking for ways to tap into new ideas without being overwhelmed by data.
For over 20 years Steelcase has researched the changing nature of work, including the disruptive elements impacting leaders, using its own leadership spaces as a laboratory. Designed as prototypes to test theories and push the boundaries of how work happens, these spaces have resulted in radically reimagined ways of working and leading, both as individuals and as a team of leaders. The latest research has identified how physical space can help executives lead their organisations like a complex adaptive system and, in turn, reshape the culture and organisational performance overall.
People are rejecting the uninspiring sea of sameness that has come to be known as “the office”. Standardised for efficiency, this uniform approach limits potential for inspiration, expression and social connection with others.
This office rebellion is causing organisations to rethink their workplaces — from a singular focus on efficiency toward a pluralistic approach that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people.
Thoughtfully curated destinations blend design, materiality and performance, and give people freedom to choose where and how they work. These destinations deliver a more human experience while still providing the tools and resources people need to actually get work done.
Until now, headrests have largely been an afterthought, but the new Gesture headrest is integrated into the design. In this whitepaper, internationally renowned ergonomist Jan Tissing, critiques the Gesture chair and its innovative new headrest.
Following on from the Steelcase global report on engagement and the workplace, which was the first to explore the relationship between employee engagement and the work environment, comes this great new guide that offers specific actions and solutions to create a workplace that helps boost employee engagement.
As technologies and trends transform work processes, understanding the impact on postures is crucial for helping people work safely, comfortably and productively.
To bring in diverse perspectives and speed outcomes, many businesses and teams are now made up of people distributed throughout the world. Because seeing each other in real time carries so many advantages, they are turning to video for day-today collaboration.
Although it provides a wealth of content compared to other technologies, video can also exacerbate
the tensions of presence disparity—i.e., when the experience of teammates who are participating
remotely is disadvantaged compared to those working side-by-side. Often misunderstood or overlooked, the destructive impact of presence disparity is substantial.
It can slow progress, aggravate mistrust and deflate engagement. When that happens, ROI on the technology is overwhelmingly negative. Through research, Steelcase has gained a deep understanding of presence disparity. We’ve translated our insights into hard working workplace solutions that fuse physical and virtual experiences to amplify the performance of individuals, teams and entire enterprises.
Most people think about privacy in terms of other people bothering us, but it’s really about control, say Steelcase researchers.
When Steelcase started looking into privacy in the early 1980s, our researchers were primarily exploring spatial properties, especially the analytics of sound management. By the early ‘90s, they had synthesized a solid understanding of four mechanisms that regulate privacy in the physical setting: acoustical, visual, territorial and informational. In other words, privacy in any setting is determined by what you hear, what you see, how you define your boundaries and/or what kind of
information is revealed and concealed.
How sedentary is your work?
If you’re like many office workers, you probably wish you could be more active, maybe spend less time sitting.
But, work keeps most of us at our desks. We may have a mobile phone, maybe a tablet or laptop, so you’d think we could be fairly mobile. But most workers aren’t.
After studying 12,480 office workers in 17 countries for two years, we uncovered a correlation between employee attitudes about their workplace and their engagement levels. The Steelcase Global Report is the first ever study that links employee engagement with workplace satisfaction and provides quantitative data that supports the role the workplace can play in addressing this key bottom-line issue.
Innovation is the “secret sauce” of business success. A company’s ability to innovate has become the core driver of growth, performance, and valuation. The right places can help make it happen.
More than ever before, workers are going public with complaints about their lack of privacy at work.
A lot of businesses are struggling with the balance of private and open spaces, and there’s mounting evidence that the lack of privacy is causing people to feel overexposed in today’s workplace, threatening people’s engagement along with their wellbeing.
Download this whitepaper which discusses the privacy crisis and why it must be addressed.
The workbench is being reinvented, and it’s not “one-size-fits-all.” Understanding worker needs is key to creating the right bench solution.
In workplaces throughout the world, scenarios of near-constant distraction have become the norm. We text during conversations, email during meetings, skimp on lunch breaks to catch up on work—always trying to process faster, handle more and work harder, often without realising just how much we’re degrading our mental capabilities in the process. Thankfully, our ability to focus is still salvageable.
As a result of the vast amount of neuroscience research being done, there’s now hard evidence about what attention is, how it works, how to attain it and how to use it productively. By delving into the findings, Steelcase researchers have gained new insights into how our brains shape thoughts, emotions and behaviours, and then applied this new science to create concepts for how thoughtfully designed workplaces can help workers better manage their attention.
By leveraging the full capacity of our brains and our environments, it’s possible to think better at
work. The results can be astonishing.
There is an overwhelming amount of research, case studies and data that demonstrate the benefits of agile working and how it can positively impact the workforce. According to the CIPD, ‘The interest in working in a more agile way has the potential to offer organisations practical solutions to not only meet the evolving needs of their workforce, but also control operational costs, while finding competitive advantage in customer focus and innovations’.
So we asked Colin Stuart from Baker Stuart workplace consultancy to give us his top ten tips for organisations considering implementing agile working.
The power of place explains how to develop an ecosystem of interconnected and interdependent spaces that support the physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing of people in order to improve organisational performance.
How feeling good at work drives business performance. Fostering creativity and innovation requires a new strategy that might take some business leaders by surprise—a rigorous focus on organisational and employee wellbeing. The most successful organisations are now using it as a way to gain emotional, financial and competitive advantage. Download the whitepaper here.
Organisational wellbeing made tangible: this whitepaper gives advice on how to use space, furniture and other tools to nurture individual wellbeing. Download the white paper here.
The world has always changed, however the pace of change seems to be accelerating. New advances in IT are changing the way we work and our relationship with the office. In particular, if flexible working is offered to employees, this has the potential to drive and unlock profound changes to society.