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.
A unique perspective shows us how an ancient Chinese philosophy supports the idea of giving employees choice and control over where and how they work.
Ellen YuChwun Chen was born in Taiwan, Republic of China. She’s lived in the United States for decades and worked at Steelcase for nearly 39 years. During that time, she’s kept in close contact with her roots, visiting her sister and other family members who live in Taiwan. Chen is currently a product data analyst and has held a variety of roles at Steelcase including 25 years in research positions as well as occasionally acting as an interpreter for Chinese customers.
It’s not just a millennial thing. People of all ages are craving informal, casual and authentic spaces at work. These inspiring, breakout spaces can benefit the holistic wellbeing of workers while helping to promote employee engagement.
An Interview with George Pritchard of KSQ Design Steelcase global research shows the workplace can be an important tool in
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.
A cultural movement is redefining how and where work is done. Chris Congdon, director of global research communications for Steelcase, discusses how standardizing workplaces for efficiency with a uniform approach limits the worker’s potential for inspiration, creativity, and social connections.
Thanks to technology, a lot of people can now work from anywhere, carrying the office with them in their pocket, briefcase or backpack. However, most people find out fairly quickly that, although “anywhere” may be a nice change of pace, the advantages are short-term. New turnstone products bring the appeal of away-from-the-office settings into the office so that workers can enjoy the best of both worlds.
The idea of a public, social place outside of home and work has been around for centuries, but it didn’t enter the lexicon as a “third place” until the phenomenon was thoroughly explored by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his 1989 book, “The Great Good Place.” It hasn’t left the stage since.