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Office Remix

Have you noticed? Many of today’s offices look more like a trendy café, a homey den or a playground than a place where work happens. Whether described as “resimercial,” “ancillary” or “anti-corporate,” informal shared spaces are the latest way organizations are trying to woo talent. Yet, despite their investments, many of these spaces often sit empty.

This issue of 360 explores the trend and shares new research revealing what people really want: inspiring and productive spaces that help them get real work done. It’s time for an office remix.

Finding Focus

Finding Focus

Turns out, finding the privacy you need at work doesn’t necessarily require closing a door. A new Steelcase study proves that when an open plan office is designed with pockets of visual privacy, it really is possible to focus and get things done. But don’t close your eyes to this additional finding: When it’s time to get creative, being in an open space with open views can help.

Work Untethered

Work Untethered

Flexibility, mobility, choice and comfort are expectations of today’s workforce. Informal, casual meeting nooks, cafés, lounges and outdoor spaces continue to dislodge traditional work environments such as benches and workstations, as more and more employers recognize that inspiring work environments attract top performers and fuel creativity and innovation.

Fresh Designs. Endless Choices.

Fresh Designs. Endless Choices.

Steelcase Applications Specialist Amanda VanDuyn demonstrates how to use Steelcase Marketplace and its diverse portfolio of products to create four distinctly different looks for her client’s lounge space.

Little Diversified Architecture

Little Diversified Architecture

When the Washington, D.C., office of Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, a leading international architecture and design firm, had the chance to expand into an 1,100-square-foot space being vacated next door, leaders realized this was more than just an opportunity to become bigger.

One Company with One Way of Working

One Company with One Way of Working

When global telecommunications company Vodafone merged its Dutch business with Ziggo, the country’s largest cable provider, one of the biggest challenges company leaders faced was internal: joining two very different workplace cultures. While all Vodafone employees, including its leaders, had become highly mobile with all-unassigned workspaces and the ability to work wherever they wanted, Ziggo relied on assigned workstations in the open plan and private offices for its executives.

Going Beyond Average With Inclusive Design

Going Beyond Average With Inclusive Design

Designing workplaces for “the average person” used to be philosophy aimed at satisfying most of the people, most of the time. But that also excluded a lot of people who didn’t fit the average.

Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box

Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box

Almost 20 years ago, long before laptops replaced PCs, the team at Orangebox had a vision of where work was heading, and they responded with innovative, thoroughly non-traditional workplace furniture solutions. Today they’ve blended their portfolio with Steelcase — a natural fit of two companies speaking the same language and prioritizing people’s changing needs at work.

Tech Talent Beacon

Tech Talent Beacon

For high-tech software company PTC in Boston, integrating Steelcase’s Smart + Connected tools in their new headquarters has made it possible to leverage data and technology to support space management, wayfinding and collaboration and put their culture change in hyperdrive.

Why Some of the Coolest Spaces at Work Sit Empty

Why Some of the Coolest Spaces at Work Sit Empty

Whether you call it “resimercial,” “ancillary spaces” or “loose furnishings” the goal is the same: attract the best talent by offering a workplace with a relaxed vibe and hip sensibility. This decidedly “anti-corporate” approach to the workplace is intended to inject creativity and humanity into our culture and work process.

Office Remix

Office Remix

The demand for casual, shared environments at work is at an all-time high. At the same time, organizations are more challenged than ever to use every bit of their real estate in meaningful ways. It’s often hard to know for sure what employees really need or want, and so often spaces are sitting empty. New research from Steelcase points the way with guidelines for creating casual work settings that are purposeful, productive and appealing— sure-to-be-used places for getting real work done.

Joyea

Joyea

A leader in its field of robotics with more than 150 patents and many more in the pipeline, Joyea’s evolution from a glass and handicrafts manufacturer to a leading innovator has been rapid and echoes the rapid transformation of the Chinese economy.

Beautifully Easy

Beautifully Easy

Designing a great workplace just got a lot easier. Steelcase Marketplace, a new online platform for easily searching and specifying products, streamlines the entire design process.