4 Sure-Fire Ways to Build a Progressive Workplace

2017-11-22T16:01:10+00:00May 3rd, 2016|Workplace Design|

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 industry disruptors.

So what can you do to inject your space with a healthy dose of startup culture? How can you take your office from typical to totally progressive?  A progressive workplace is one focused on staff wellbeing and engagement. With research and studies showing that user-focused design can increase productivity and make it easier to attract and retain talent, the benefits are obvious.

Here are 4 ways to build a progressive and adaptable workplace:

Flexible furniture

Change is inevitable in businesses and the ability for the workspace to adapt and remain agile is vital. Desking systems that can be expanded with few parts, are easily reconfigured and customizable are good points to consider. Turnstone’s Bivi is a great example, as are similar benching systems that meet several criteria:

  • Their footprint is smaller, therefore less real estate is needed for more people
  • Benches are generally easy to reconfigure
  • Low screens (or no screens) allow natural light and encourage conversation
  • Popular solution for open offices

Integrated technology

Technology is front and center in the workplace. Business is conducted at a frenetic pace, and our reach is more global than ever. Because there we depend on mobile devices to do our work, furniture and workplace designers that integrate technology will contribute to a more fluid workflow. New products have been designed to gather data, including ones that will keep track of how and when products are used. Conference tables that can have plug and play ability, seats that have a docking system, and interactive whiteboards are a few examples of integrated technology in the workplace.

Activity-based furniture

Research shows that providing spaces that support collaborative and heads-down activities increases engagement and productivity. Giving workers choice and control over where they work gives people a sense of ownership and allows them to work in ways that feel authentic and natural to them. Collaborative spaces, with or without walls, and single-use focus rooms give users a variety of spaces to choose from and be comfortable with. These spaces generally feature sofas and soft benches for lounge posture, and stools for seated options at high sit tables.


Mobile devices and activity-based furniture also encourage us to move around more and assume different postures throughout the day. Different height tables, desk chairs that support how we move, active chairs like the turnstone Buoy and even footrests are a few examples of furniture choices that support wellbeing. Buoy’s curved base wobbles and tilts, firing leg muscles and engaging abs for an interactive day in the office.