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