Steelcase Acquires UK-based Furniture Maker Orangebox

The acquisition of Orangebox continues Steelcase’s growth trajectory as it expands its solutions to support the new ways teams are working.

Headquarters Invigorates a Company’s Culture and Image

Growing a business is essential to success. But as a company expands, other aspects of the organization may lack for attention. Communication and collaboration can decline and the company’s culture and brand can suffer, too. As GeoBlue grew from start-up to a major player in the insurance industry, organizational issues began to emerge.

HDR

For many years, architectural firm HDR told clients the workplace of the future should support a mobile workforce. Yet their own office was hardly a model of that vision. Learn how that all changed.

3 Reasons for the Privacy Crisis at Work

There are five personal privacy strategies we can all use at work. Melanie Redman, a senior design researcher for WorkSpace Futures at Steelcase, describes these five strategies derived from her team’s research project.

Sharing Desks, Sharing Germs

Germs are a fact of life, but most of us would rather avoid close contact with people who are ill. It’s much easier to stay away from sick people, however, than to stay away from their germs.

Think Better

It’s fast becoming a deeply-embedded yearning of our time. In workplaces throughout the world, there’s awareness that we’re not performing to full potential and too many distractions are to blame. While the diagnosis may seem clear, most people feel helpless to do anything about it other than to keep working harder at staying focused. But neuroscience research is now shedding new light on the fundamental problem, offering decipherable clues for how to better support attention at work.

The Growth Dilemma

In markets such as India and China, the nature of work is changing as firms move up the value chain and take on more complex work. Creating flexible, resilient workspaces that enhance employee wellbeing is key to retaining talent, even when resource constraints and constant change can make that a challenge.

Too Much Noise

In offices, irritating noise can come from all kinds of sources: air conditioning, obnoxious ringtones, traffic, nearby construction, unsophisticated sound-masking systems and—especially—from other people’s voices.