Thursday, July 26, 2018

Hate Open-Plan Offices? Here's What's Coming Next

According to The Wall Street Journal, a privately conducted survey of 138 employers found that by 2021, 52 percent -- slightly more than half -- plan to replace open-plan desks with "first-come, first-served desks, plus additional workspaces with names like huddle rooms and touchdown spaces." CONTINUE READING

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New Study: Open Offices Kill Teamwork

Employees hate open office plans, but at least they help employees collaborate and work together? It saves companies money and it increases teamwork, right? Well, wrong.

Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban, at Harvard Business School and Harvard University, took a look at people who switched from individual cubicles to an open office plan. What they found wasn't more collaboration after the switch but less. CONTINUE READING

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

5 Ways that Commercial Real Estate Technology is Changing Office Design and Layout

Work styles and generational changes have been impacting office design and spatial layout trends in the commercial real estate space for years now. As mobile technology and demographic shifts have impacted U.S. culture overall, the office has had to continue to keep pace. There are several ways that how an office is laid out is being impacted by technology. Here are 5: CONTINUE READING

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Herman Miller Cosm Tilts Itself Into the Best Position Possible

The new herman miller Cosm chair is one of the most simple yet adaptive chair ever invented.

Friday, July 20, 2018

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Our bfi Lookbook is an A+D publication that shows how the Herman Miller Elements portfolio can outfit different kinds of spaces. Download it today.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Herman Miller white paper: The importance of helping people and place align

Today, successful organizations are often the ones that can generate the best ideas the fastest, and they depend on people, not processes, to do so. And even though we often come up with some of our best ideas on our own, we need others to help us talk through a concept, explore its possibilities, and bring it to life.

We also increasingly rely on technology to fuel the creative process. We share information on monitors, use videoconferencing to connect with colleagues on other continents, and develop content using touchscreens. But problems arise quickly when the systems and devices we use daily are out of sync with the spaces that house them.

Whether we realize it or not, we’ve all struggled to work in a space where the surroundings (the physical space itself), furnishings (the chairs and tables), and tools (both digital and analog) are out of sync with each other—and with us. It’s the device that needs charging, but the only outlet is out of reach. It’s the sinking feeling that comes with being late to a presentation, only to realize that the last open seat is the one in the front, next to the presenter. It’s the meeting that starts 10 minutes late due to technical difficulties, throwing off everyone’s schedule for the rest of the day. CONTINUE READING