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.
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.
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.
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Ingrid Fetell Lee, author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, says it’s a huge misconception that joy and work are separate. She shares her radical theory — that a few simple changes to the work environment can make a dramatic difference in how people feel and perform. Read the transcript.
How a classroom is designed and furnished can significantly improve how educators teach and how students learn.
AIC was purposefully created to provide that kind of forward-facing learning and teaching environment. As Shaw explains, “When we began this journey, we knew our mission was to bring an authentic American experience to the future leaders of Kuwait. You can feel it the moment you walk through our doors.”
“We work hard to create an equitable and inspiring place to work, and it’s a delight to be recognized for our efforts,” said Jim Keane, Steelcase President and CEO.