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.
The open office is reality for the majority of workers, and there’s no shortage of complaints about it. So how did we get here? And what does our past mean for the future of the open office?
Turns out, finding the privacy you need at work doesn’t necessarily require closing a door. A new Steelcase study proves that when an open plan office is designed with pockets of visual privacy, it really is possible to focus and get things done. But don’t close your eyes to this additional finding: When it’s time to get creative, being in an open space with open views can help.
A chief open office complaint is a lack of privacy. Yet, few studies test how to help people focus in the open plan. Until now.
Privacy – on demand! Pods are the new office hot spot. Learn how to ask the right questions about designing productive places away from the desk when you need four walls and a door.
With more office space devoted to shared spaces, they shouldn’t sit empty. There’s an art & science to creating spaces that help people feel good and be productive.
If the original intent of the open office was better collaboration, communication and trust, then what’s getting in the way? And what can we do about it?
Orangebox, the newest member of the Steelcase family of brands, showed its products for the first time at NeoCon. Mino Vernaschi, Orangebox co-founder and managing director, and Adrian Welch, global account manager, describe how they design for Smartworking—to help people work productively away from the desk. The Mixology Awards recently named Orangebox Manufacturer of the Year and recognized Vernaschi with the Henry Pugh Outstanding Contribution Award.