Workbench technology is an enduring workplace tradition, for many good reasons. Benching technology is simple, efficient, straightforward and adaptable. From the crude wood tables used for centuries by artisans and craftspeople to today’s sleek and technology-infused versions for knowledge workers, benching is a concept that’s continuing to evolve to meet a wide variety of workplace needs. In North America, the trend toward benching has been catching on fast because it’s a hard-working solution that addresses converging business realities.
Transitional desks, conference tables, training tables, chairs & screens mobilize your office for success by providing room for growth and change. Ever since laptops liberated the modern workforce from assigned seating and enclosed cubicles, the mobile generation has been changing the way office furniture adapts. Employees have embraced workspaces that allow them to sit, stand, roam and interact with co-workers. To mobilize your office for success, start by paying attention to these changing needs and seeking improvements that promote collaboration wherever possible.
What if your office suddenly went from private to out in the open? What would be the biggest change you could imagine from the open office experience? How would you prepare and adapt your tasks? This begs the question: is the open plan office destroying workplace culture? A hundred questions and scenarios could begin coursing through your brain about coping in such an exposed situation where productivity is still paramount. In its effort for progress, it is becoming quite clear that the collaborative culture may have derailed itself with distraction.
Companies are pursuing organizational wellbeing with an enthusiasm never seen before. Building workplace wellbeing seems to be the right thing to do for employees, plus there’s the potential for lower absenteeism and fewer medical claims. Substantial cost savings are at stake, too. For example, thanks in part to the company’s wellbeing Efforts, Steelcase health insurance premiums in 2013 will increase about 3%, less than half the 7.5% increase estimated for the year by Price Waterhouse Coopers.
The goal of today’s office ergonomics is focused on fitting the workspace and technology to the individual, thus reducing the risk of injuries and helping people work effectively. However, the very nature of work is changing. Technology has freed people to work anywhere, and a growing proportion of that work is collaborative and social. In response, organizations are supplementing the private office and cubicle with a wide variety of interactive group and social spaces. READ MORE
Transparency in the workplace takes on a whole new meaning in an open office design. Creating beautiful glass-walled spaces for meetings, training or other separations within your space plan adds some sparkle and variety to the wide open space. Glass around the office can be artful and purposeful within the collaborative environment and provide a powerful vehicle for creativity.
The best office layouts support the interaction of your team. Providing the right tools for them to function seamlessly with each other and still perform their individual tasks is an office design challenge that is in a constant state of evolution. In a 2016 workplace innovation survey conducted by Gensler, a statistical link was discovered between the functional design of the workspace and the quality of work and innovation ascribed to it by the employees. Creating a high-performance workplace creates an ecosystem of innovation that is a direct predictor of your staff performance.
For years, business leaders have understood that teamwork improves corporate success. More than a decade ago, nearly 80 percent of senior executives surveyed were already indicating that effective collaboration was crucial for growth. Today, the stakes are even higher. More and more organizations rely on the innovative thinking of their high-performing teams for collaborative work that makes a difference. But leaders struggle to create workplace environments that help people think and work together.
Vibrant design gave Tavistock Development Company’s scattered offices more connectivity to each other and to the organization’s purpose: to create healthy, vibrant places to live. With Living Office® to create healthy, vibrant places to live. Tavistock’s dispersed and undersized offices lacked enough space for people to effectively do their work, both together and alone. Aside from a handful of look-a-like conference rooms, an out-of-the-way breakroom, and a lobby that didn’t afford enough privacy for confidential discussions, employees had nowhere to work together on their community development projects.
Sit-Stand desks are a simple, flexible and affordable solution to improve your health while you work. Having the ability to change work state during the day is broadly empowering. Adding height adjustability to new or existing workstations has proven to be a very effective motivator.