Bring Your Favorite Place to the Office

A lounge chair by the fireplace. The local bar. Your home kitchen. These are some of our favorite places — places that remind us of good times, relaxing and enjoying life. They encourage authenticity and bring us together to build relationships. So why not bring those favorite places to the office? Designers like myself believe building relationships in the workplace follows the

By | January 10th, 2017|Workplaces|

Should You Say No to Networking?

Sometimes it’s hard to say to say no. I should know: 2015 was my year of no. I said no to everything from business networking events to meet-ups and conferences. I even said no to continuing to work out of a co-working space, as I was singularly focused on getting a book deal. This project required my undivided attention, so

By | December 15th, 2016|Workplaces|

8 Ways to Make Your Office More Inviting

The winter months remind us that warm, comfortable and inviting spaces matter — and we're not just talking about your living room sparkling with holiday cheer. The workplace needs warm, comfortable places, too. They convey a sense of home and safety, allowing us to tap into our best, most authentic selves. As the lines between work and home continue to

By | December 8th, 2016|Workplaces|

4 Reasons Why Choice + Control Matter in the Workplace

In the world of office design, providing workers with choice and control over where and how they work is critical. Incorporating a variety of settings, styles and postures to choose from is essential to wellbeing and employee engagement. Steelcase recently released "360 Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace," which surveyed over 12,000 people on ideas surrounding engagement, disengagement and the

By | November 18th, 2016|Workplaces|

How to Brand your Workplace in 6 Easy Steps

If culture is the inward expression of a company, branding is the outward demonstration of a company's DNA.  Branding and culture exist side-by-side, so having a branded workplace is vital to defining that culture. A branded workplace should support business goals, attract and retain talent, improve productivity and encourage collaboration. But branding a space goes beyond simply adding a logo; it extends

By | October 21st, 2016|Workplaces|

Food Is the Way to an Employee’s Heart

Small companies are taking a page out the employee benefit playbook of tech companies by providing free drinks and snacks to employees. Silicon Valley has lots of dough to provide free food throughout the day —  including meals— but chances are that’s beyond your budget.  Luckily, you can design a program that meets your budget and is a good investment.

By | October 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Office Culture Need Help? 10 Things to Watch for — and Fix

Office culture is a big deal, and getting it right is an even bigger deal. Forbes contributor Josh Bersin suggests that culture is the hottest topic in the business world, and Deloitte's 2016 Human Capital Trends research reports that employee retention is hitting a crisis point, largely dependent on the fickle but all-important intersection of engagement and a diverse, compelling culture. With culture dominating headlines and

By | September 27th, 2016|Workplaces|

4 Surprising Benefits of Coworking Spaces

According to a Global Coworking Survey, the coworking industry has quadrupled during the last 5 years. Coworking spaces now number more than 10,000 globally, allowing people to share equipment, ideas, knowledge, and of course, space. They come in all shapes and sizes, but the best one for you will depend on your particular working style. Looking for a new place for you and

By | September 19th, 2016|Productivity, Startup Culture, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

“Let the Light In” to Boost Happiness + Productivity

Office workers exposed to more light at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace, reports a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois. Other research finds that access to natural light makes employees not only happier, but more

By | September 15th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Stand Up in the Office To Boost Wellbeing

“Is sitting the new smoking?” asks a headline in Forbes. Martha Grogan, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic and others think that too much sitting is as bad for your health. Standing desks may or may not be the cure, but these desks have other important benefits. I spoke with Jennifer Carpenter, of Jennifer Carpenter Architect, who designs workspaces for corporations and

By | September 13th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Why Free Food Isn’t Really About Food at All

Entrepreneurs looking to foster startup culture know a thing or two about great perks like free food. Hoping their "if you build it, they will come" attitude will draw talented rock stars, they splurge on organic treats and beer on tap. But much like families who eat dinner together at home, founders know that food provides more than nourishment: it's a reason to connect. Here's what (free)

By | August 30th, 2016|Productivity, Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Want to Boost Innovation? Make it Easier for your Team to Connect.

Workplaces everywhere are setting the stage for innovation by placing renewed emphasis on developing startup culture through team building, great perks and inspiring workplaces. At the core of these efforts is the recognition that social interactions and organic connections cultivate a collaborative culture that can lead to creative thinking. With intentional planning and thoughtful design, workplaces can take steps to promote the kinds of natural interactions needed for

By | August 16th, 2016|Workplaces|

Want Engaged Employees? 9 Things to Measure in the Office

Disengagement in the workplace, and the $415 billion dollars it costs the global economy each year, has become an outright epidemic. According to "360 Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace," 37% of employees worldwide are highly or somewhat disengaged at work, with the majority of the others surveyed falling somewhere on the low- to middle-end of the curve. In fact, of the more

By | August 2nd, 2016|Productivity, Workplaces|

Top 4 Design Trends at NeoCon 2016

NeoCon, one of the most recognized commercial tradeshows featuring furniture, surface materials and lighting, has been a yearly trek for me since starting in the industry. NeoCon showcases current design trends from top companies and emerging businesses looking to gain traction in the marketplace. This year's design theme was undeniably the presence of vignettes. Sometimes called "ancillary" furniture or "third spaces," vignettes are residential and warm,

By | July 7th, 2016|Workplaces|

Turnstone at NeoCon 2016 Recap

If you're familiar with contract furniture, chances are you've heard or even attended NeoCon, the most recognized trade show in the industry. Neocon showcases products, trends and innovative solutions for commercial interiors, generating thousands of visitors in Chicago's historic Merchandise Mart. This year, turnstone teamed up with our parent company, Steelcase, and our sister brand, Coalesse, to showcase inspiring spaces designed for increased personalization of the office.

By | June 16th, 2016|Workplaces|

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