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 2017 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|

5 Shared-Interest Communities Disrupting the Coworking World

Coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators continue to sprout up in record numbers across the U.S., shifting the conversation about where and how work happens. And while entrepreneurs flock in droves, they’re increasingly motivated by much more than gorgeous facilities packed with perks like free coffee and organic snacks. They’re desperate to learn from others in their industry and are looking

By | May 10th, 2016|Startup Culture, Workplaces|

4 Powerful Benefits of Coworking for Startups

Coworking spaces are much more than a space for you to work. After all, if all you want is space, you can work from home, go to your local coffee shop or park at the nearest public library. Coworking spaces are different. They aren’t just alternatives to high-priced office spaces. Many foster a community of support and other amenities such

By | May 5th, 2016|Startup Culture, Workplaces|

4 Sure-Fire Ways to Build a Progressive Workplace

In the workplace, some furniture is designed to make your office functional. A desk, ergonomic office chair and conference room are typical components of a typical office. Just bring your computer and you're in business, right? But typical spaces don't do much heavy lifting when it comes to attracting top talent, retaining rockstars, keeping your team engaged or inspiring the next generation of innovators and

By | May 3rd, 2016|Workplaces|

How to Design an Office to Boost Productivity + WellBeing

Workplaces communicate with people. Not to worry. Big Brother isn’t implanting Siri into your office furniture. But the office environment you’ve designed sends a message to the people that work for you.   “Workplaces where employees are engaged communicate to the people who work there — and anyone else in them — that their employer values them and the contribution

By | April 19th, 2016|Workplaces|

Nature in the Workplace: 6 Ways To Do It Well

Bringing nature into the workplace is not only a beautiful design element, but has been shown to reduce stress, minimize illness and enhance employee wellbeing. Whether your workplace has green spaces inside or access to green spaces outside, the impact is overwhelmingly positive. There are at least two factors that have influenced this focus on green offices: Years ago, workplace design pushed

By | April 14th, 2016|Wellbeing, Workplaces|

Office Zones: 4 Ways to be More Productive at Work

One thing’s for certain: the way we work is changing, which mean offices are changing along with it. Technology has untethered us, making it easy to open a laptop or swipe a phone from virtually anywhere. Three-piece suits have given way to jeans and flannel, and the mysterious schedules of senior executives have been unveiled by the new norm of working

By | April 7th, 2016|Workplaces|

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