It turns out workplaces that focus on the intangibles —sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch—are workplaces better equipped to boost employee wellbeing.
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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 this issue, we explore the rebirth of the office and how workers are rebelling against the sea of sameness that defined many workplaces. This cultural movement is redefining the workplace; creating a more human-centered experience that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people. The office renaissance is about creating meaningful places for people to work—places that feel good, but also perform, by harnessing new embedded technologies that help people navigate the complexity of work.
One area in the office that is ripe for change is the executive suite. This issue shares the latest findings by Steelcase researchers on the new ways leaders need to work, and how to create the next generation of leadership spaces to foster agile, adaptive cultures and resilient organizations.
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In today’s complex and global environment, there’s very little that business leaders can accurately predict and control. And yet, surrounded by swirl, many still cling to the fraying lifeline of existing norms—and the results can be dire. Progressive torchbearers are embracing the chaos by reshaping their organizations to operate as complex adaptive systems. But they often encounter daunting obstacles. Diving deep into the challenges, Steelcase researchers discovered new insights and distilled innovative concepts for a leadership space that empowers executives to lead in fundamentally better ways.
Why Smart + Connected Spaces improve the experience people have at work.
Oolong or online? For CEO offices in China, videoconferencing may soon be as important as the tea table, a necessity of business life as the drive to become more collaborative and innovative prompts executives to adopt new ways of hosting and networking.
Lessons from the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.
In a world squeezing toward uniformity, learn how turnstone’s Bivi is helping create work environments that encourage individuality.
The Amsterdam-based expert on leadership discusses why love and power is the next big thing in leadership.
Learn how Coalesse is empowering more personal expression through its point of view on the co-creation of products in a new era of participation.
India has been straining for years to reach an ambitious goal of educating all of its children, but is still struggling with low engagement in the classroom and a high dropout rate. Resources and ideas from countries with similar goals could help.
Changing patient and physician needs, increased family involvement and evolving technology are sparking a reimagining of exam rooms inspired by a more inclusive model of care. Steelcase Health researchers uncovered new drivers, designs and product insights to move the exam room into the future.
For too long, student success has mostly meant getting good grades and graduating on time. Now educational reformers throughout the world are formulating more individualized and relevant perspectives on what student success is and how to achieve it— within the classroom and beyond.
A conversation with European Drucker Forum CEO fRichard Straub about building employee engagement.
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A new design fellowship from Steelcase and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
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.