A global cultural movement is redefining the corporate workplace—from a singular focus on efficiency, towards a pluralistic approach that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people. In the global quest for talent and the escalating need for employee engagement, a societal shift advocating for informal, authentic and inspiring spaces has taken hold.
It’s the number one workplace issue: workers can’t find places to work without distractions. Vanessa Bradley, Steelcase manager of Advanced Applications Design, explains key design concepts organizations can use to help workers find the privacy they seek in the workplace.
Steelcase Education awarded Forest Hills Northern High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan one of its Active Learning Center Grants to help support its new STEM Academy. The new classroom gives teachers flexibility to move quickly from lecture space to discussion space. See how it transformed the classroom.
With more than 850 students, 30 percent of whom are below grade-level, Saluda Trail Middle School in South Carolina had a culture of project–based learning. The problem was the classrooms didn’t support the teaching methods. After Steelcase Education awarded the school an Active Learning Center Grant, the school saw higher student engagement levels and increasing test scores.
According to the Steelcase Global Report, twenty percent of employees are highly engaged and highly satisfied with their workplace in the United Arab Emirates, making it one of the most engaged and satisfied nations.
There is a cultural movement in office design to create thoughtfully curated destinations that are more human-centered. This is the first in a series of interviews with architects and designers discussing the evolution of the workplace.