Have you noticed? Familiar patterns of office work are being upended as the race toward innovation intensifies. In organizations around the world, most of our work is now matrixed, project based and hyper-collaborative. It’s a fast-paced, active collision of ideas versus an orderly, linear sequence of individual contributions, more like a soccer game than a relay race.
The office you remember is gone. Imagine in its place a workplace in harmony with the new ways in which you work. An agile space of rich colors and textures. An immersive landscape where artificial intelligence and virtual reality come together to help you solve complex problems. A place where you move to intuitive workspaces, connected conference rooms, comfortable lounges. Each day’s demands are different, and you wake up excited to meet them.
Learn. Experiment. Create. These are the essential ingredients necessary to solve today’s complex problems. Yet, so many organizations struggle to achieve this mindset. What can they do to inspire this shift? This issue of 360 explores how learning and innovation are linked and how the newest Steelcase Learning and Innovation Center is designed to support this critical relationship by creating habitats that activate a culture shift and foster the habits necessary for constant learning.
The shift has happened. We all saw change coming. Then suddenly it’s upon us and work is something fundamentally different. Today, we face problems too big, too complex to solve with yesterday’s ideas. The demand and desire for creativity at work is stronger than ever before.
For years, many have predicted the death of the office. Mobile technology allows us to work anywhere, so why do you need an office at all? Yet as the world becomes more complex, the places we work have never been more relevant. Work is a social activity and people need places to come together to solve problems. The office isn’t going away—it’s in the midst of a renaissance, where workplaces are becoming something fundamentally different.
In workplaces throughout the world, scenarios of near-constant distraction have become the norm. 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 behaviors, and then applied this new science to create concepts for how thoughtfully designed workplaces can help workers better manage their attention and think better at work.
For years Steelcase has studied education with a unique, human-centered design research process. We observe educators at work and test design principles, product ideas and applications with the goal of improving student success, while immersing ourselves in the relevant research of others in such fields as learning research, cognitive neuroscience, environmental psychology, behavioral and social sciences and ergonomics.
This Education Edition is a compilation of 360 stories that explore these insights and demonstrate how new active learning environments improve student engagement and outcomes and help prepare them for success in the creative economy.
For teams that collaborate across locations, videoconferencing means new ways of working—and new complexities. As interactions go virtual, how a workplace is designed has unprecedented power to support the journey toward becoming a highly functional team.
No organization can succeed if its workforce isn’t engaged. And yet the signals are stronger than ever that far too many high-potential employees are chronically disengaged at work—unmotivated, unproductive and overly stressed, with little capacity to think creatively…
Worker wellbeing is a hot topic and extends beyond measures of personal satisfaction or fulfillment. It’s critical to an organization’s ability to innovate and thrive. In this issue, we share new Steelcase research and insights about the factors…