HBI Inc. :: Blog http://blog.hbi-inc.com Fri, 11 May 2018 22:00:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.9 A Two-Part Equation for Active Learning http://blog.hbi-inc.com/a-two-part-equation-for-active-learning/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/a-two-part-equation-for-active-learning/#comments Fri, 11 May 2018 22:00:28 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18559 Continue reading ]]> A Two-Part Equation for Active Learning

Three recipients of the Steelcase Active Learning Center Grant share ingredients fro implementing a successful active learning initiative.

Active Learning’s Two-Part Equation

Active Learning Center results included fewer poorly-performing students, more highly-rated teachers and, at one school, 100 percent of the teachers surveyed wanted to use the Active Learning Center again. These are just a few of the positive results three former Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant (ALC) Grant) recipients shared at this year’s ELI Annual Meeting — a place where higher education institutions and organizations committed to advancing learning through information technology innovation come together everyday.

Connecticut’s Fairfield University, California State University Los Angeles, and St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas were already developing active learning pedagogies when Steelcase Education awarded them ALC Grants in 2015. As they shared their learnings with fellow educators at ELI, they concluded active learning can be boiled down to a simple equation:

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Positive Student and Teacher Outcomes

Mobile Classroom

In Fairfield’s active learning classroom, students face each other toward the center of the room. Verb whiteboards and Thread portable power distribution provide places for group work with technology throughout the room. The mobile Node chairs and Verb tables let students easily work in groups and the Verb easel helps display ideas.

CANISIUS 9 from Fairfield University on Vimeo.

After Fairfield University installed their ALC classroom in 2015, professors began to adapt to the mobile and flexible spaces that had no traditional ‘front.” The active learning classroom eliminates the front-and-center instructor station, abolishes standard rows of students, and integrates whiteboards and technology tools throughout the space. By being able to move tables and chairs, they could create configurations that engaged students, and with no ‘front’ to the classroom they could increase student involvement.

“There is no front and no back. Nobody can hide,” says one professor. Fairfield now gets rid of the traditional classroom ‘front’ in nearly every classroom on campus and recommends this as a great first step for any active learning initiative.

“The furniture is an essential component of the classroom that really grabs people’s attention and creates a fluid environment for learning,” said Jay Rozgonyi, Fairfield Director of Academic Computing & Learning Technologies. “The furniture has become a catalyst for this whole project which when combined with technology re-imagines teaching.”

Active Pedagogy

While mobile classrooms can enhance and encourage active learning, it’s the second element of the equation that shifts teaching practices – active pedagogy. Cal State LA, another ALC Grant recipient, set up a pilot classroom to test mobile furniture. But, they found educators left to their own devices weren’t maximizing the classroom’s potential. Cal State LA established a faculty development strategy that included an active learning workshop to help faculty feel comfortable moving around in the active learning classroom, teaching in a room with no ‘front’ and integrating tools and technology into their classroom activities.

“My goal is for them to feel like an active learning rockstar so they can get up at the end of this workshop and comfortably orchestrate active learning activities in the active space,” said Beverly Bondad-Brown, director of Academic Technology at Cal State LA’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL). Workshop exercises included designing an ideal active learning classroom, sorting a deck of cards with active learning exercises and brainstorming on an active learning session planning sheet.

“Faculty may try something, and if one little thing goes awry, then they may feel like they’re just don with active learning altogether,” said Bondad-Brown. “The (planning) sheet prompts them to consider all aspects of their activity so that they won’t miss something, have a poor experience and abandon active learning. They walk away more confident.”

Positive Student and Teacher Outcomes

Positive Student and Teacher Outcomes

Dr. Tricia Shepherd brought years of experience with active learning to St. Edward’s. Along with her fellow panelists, she sees a positive change in attitudes and behavior since implementing an active learning classroom. She says students are very thoughtful about using the space to improve their learning. At the ELI Annual Meeting, Shepherd and the other educators shared how the sum of these active learning initiatives resulted in a successful active learning experience for teachers and students.

Cal State University Los Angeles

  • For some classes, Cal State LA also saw a dramatic decrease in DFW (grades D, F or withdrawals) rates, from 18.1 percent to 3.45 percent, when teaching a course in the active learning classroom.
  • Students with an instructor trained through the Cal State LA workshop were two times more likely to rate the instructor highly effective in helping them learning course material.
  • Students reported an increase in comfort, collaboration, engagement with content, as well as more stimulation and interest in the new active classroom.
  • Teachers reported feeling “more energized” and students didn’t want class to end.

Fairfield University

  • 100 percent of teachers who taught in the active learning classroom said they wanted to teach their again.
  • 35 percent of class time now spent with students actively engaged in small group work, whole class discussion or presenting to classmates.
  • Teachers noted a stronger classroom learning community and enhanced student relationships since not all eyes were directed toward the professor all the time.
  • Professors reported increased satisfaction and motivation for teaching in the updated classroom.

St. Edward’s University

  • DFW rate went from 29 percent to 22 percent with the only changed variable being the active learning classroom.
  • Professors used more active learning practices than in previous years simply by having access to the active, mobile room.

These outcomes were all attributed to the successful implementation of each factor in the active learning equation. Find out more research and outcomes from previous grant recipients.

Steelcase Education awarded grants to another 16 schools in the most recent Active Learning Center Grant cycle. Learn more about the program and sign up to be notified when the next cycle begins.

Written By:

Tylee Bush

For Steelcase

 

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Global Trends Influence Seven New Colors http://blog.hbi-inc.com/global-trends-influence-seven-new-colors/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/global-trends-influence-seven-new-colors/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:20 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18433 Continue reading ]]> Global Trends Influence Seven New Colors

No matter where we live, technology allows us to experience the world like never before. Our innate curiosity can be satisfied on a whim. We can connect to people, pictures and live video from almost anywhere. We can import portions of the world at will and it’s exciting. We live in an age of plurality — a world full of color, texture and inspiration.

Julie Yonehara, Steelcase surface materials designer, works with teams based in Michigan, Munich and Hong Kong to understand why certain design directions are gaining traction and what people need in the workplace. Yonehara is seeing connections emerge between the broad themes of culture and identity, globalization, biophilia — people’s innate desire to be close to nature — creativity and how technology is influencing every aspect of our lives, tying everything together. The intersection of the drivers making up these big trends informed the creation of seven new accent color palettes for furniture recently added to Steelcase’s growing portfolio.

Aubergine

Aubergine is a subtle, sophisticated and tinted neutral. (Photo courtesy: Zara Walker)

 

In today’s workplace, people are seeking places that make them feel happy, comfortable or inspired. Demands are higher because people are spending more time with technology and working longer hours. They’re also growing more sophisticated in what they like as a result of what they experience through technology and social media. More than ever, it’s the perfect time to add more color choices for workplace designers.

“The colors represent the cultural shift in how and where work is taking place. There’s more informal spaces where people can feel good like they do at home,” says Yonehara. “Color and materiality can reinforce the mood and intended use of a space. Color helps communicate permissions of the space.”


 

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As the Suface Materials team explored what colors to add to their portfolio, they captured inspirations from around the world.

New Color Palettes

New Color Palettes

Paint, plastic and textiles render color differently because of texture and the material content in them. The Surface Materials team took care to make sure each color is applied in a way that it appears its most beautiful on each material.

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Peacock is inspired by nature and more sophisticated than existing alternatives. Celebrating the prominence of blues and greens in design, Peacock strikes a powerful balance and is a fan favorite among designers.

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Lagoon is inspired by the environment. It’s sun faded quality is influenced by wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic based off nature and imperfection.

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Aubergine is a subtle, sophisticated and tinted neutral. It offers a darker option for respite and pause without being overly saturated.

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Merlot has its roots in biophilia, yet pairs well with futuristic settings as well by providing a darker accent. It’s rich sophisticated sets it apart creating a moodier feel.

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Honey is inspired by nature as well as cultural roots tied to the culinary arts. It creates a feeling of warmth.

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Saffron communicates authenticity. It’s replicating sunbaked colors and referencing spices as well as trends using terra cotta in interior spaces.

Technology + Culture

Yonohara is seeing the intersection of technology and culture contributing to the themes of culture and identity, globalization and creativity.

“Dynamic culture tribalism is happening through technology,” she says. “We look at social media to assemble our own identities through an emotional response. This mesh of culture and technology is defining a shared language and point of view.”

At the same time, traditional craft is being rethought and reinvented with new materiality and technology elevating what we know about making. There’s a layering of past, present and future. Earthy colors are being paired with synthetic accents to create a jarring juxtaposition.

Physical + Digital

Technology and artificial intelligence are becoming more empathetic and emotional. The boundaries between the physical and the digital are starting to blur to create a new breed of hybridization. We’re already seeing the visualization of people to create an emotional response — consider emojis. And, robots that make us smile or care for us — think of Jibo, a robot that dances. This synthetic reality is another driver impacting the theme of creativity, according to Yonehara. She’s seeing colors derived from nature being dialed up. And, brilliant hyper-natural colors evolve from palettes found in nature.

Biophilia + Authenticity

Biophilia + Auntheticity

Inspired by nature, Peacock celebrates the prominence of blues and greens in design. It strikes a powerful balance and is a designer favorite. (Courtesy: Andre Mouton)

 

In contrast to trends driven by technology, Yonehara is seeing an elevation of environmental consciousness. People are seeking authenticity and are drawn to biophilia. This equating to quieter, calmer spaces connecting people to materials and elevating recycled goods as luxury items — consider beautiful reclaimed wood such as Planked Veneer or closed loop textiles such as New Black. Sunbaked, raw and faded colors synonymous with nature embrace bringing the outdoors inside and help connect people to materials as they evolve over time in nature.

Wellbeing + Respite

As people work longer hours and engage more frequently with technology, luxury is being defined by privacy and being able to turn off. Attention spans are shortening, reducing productivity and damaging wellbeing. Finding time for self is crucial. Decluttering the mind benefits creativity and helps people feel better. This is leading to an evolution of biophilia and hygge (pronounced HOO-gah), the Danish concept of coziness, in the workplace. Colors emerging from this driver or amplify light and how spaces can reflect or absorb sound, for example. Spaces are being designed to create tactile environments that help people feel centered and calm.

It’s this layering and plurality of trends, themes and influences that are informing the broader color choices now available for today’s workplace.


 

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* Lead photo courtesy: Peter Gabas

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Design Thinking and Its Role in the Creative Process http://blog.hbi-inc.com/design-thinking-and-its-role-in-the-creative-process/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/design-thinking-and-its-role-in-the-creative-process/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:23:37 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18406 Continue reading ]]> Design Thinking and Its Role in the Creative Process

Creativity is a numbers game. Take one look at Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb and record holder of 1,093 patents. That’s 1,093 brilliant ideas, from which only a single handful of feats were realized. Add to that the unimaginable number of ideas which didn’t make it to patent stage, and it’s clear that even the most creative people rarely succeed on the first go.

But, that doesn’t stop them from consistently generating ideas. And from those ideas, newer, more developed, ideas grow. It’s a calculated trial and error process, in which innovators are able to learn from each failure and iterate by refining, altering and building each new version. And in a time when the importance of the creative economy is fast emerging amidst a volatile and changing world economy, the ability to innovate has never been more important.

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Design Thinking and Creative Process Role

Excel with Empathy

With the drawn of the fourth industrial revolution, intervals of innovation are shortening at a rapid pace. Businesses are scrambling to emulate the speed and ingenuity of emerging companies, and are vying for consumer attention in an already saturated market. Now more than ever, creativity and innovation have become critical skills for achieving success in developed economies. Where technological advancements continue to change the business landscape and automate job roles as we know them, employees have the opportunity to excel by leverage empathy through thinking critically, analyzing situations and offering emotional, creative and intellectual value where computers cannot.

Ideation Hub - Excel with Empathy

This Ideation Hub is one of five initial spaces designed by Steelcase and Microsoft to support the creative process. It is a high-tech destination that encourages active participation.

Enter design thinking – not a new concept, but one which has embedded itself in a growing range of industries around the world in recent years. For the innovator, design thinking represents an approach which minimizes the uncertainty and risk of innovation. In focusing on rapid iterations of an idea and actively engaging the customer in open dialog throughout the process, a company is better positioned to understand the root cause that really needs addressing and the product or service features that they need to deliver to meet that need.

Think Like a Designer

When we think like a designer, we are able to transform the way we develop products, services, processes and even strategy. Drawing on logic, systemic reasoning and imagination to explore the possibilities of what could be, design thinking approaches creativity from a different angle, cycling between divergent and convergent thinking. This means building up as many solution-focused ideas as possible, and then narrowing the decision of how best to move forward.

With design thinking, our ideas are constantly evolving with each new attempt and each new insight drawn from the users need at hand. Iterative and repeated often from numerous angles, the creative process is not a linear one, and should never be treated as one. And it is highly social, with some of the best ideas eventuating as result of empathy, interaction and exchange. It should come as no surprise that our workplaces play an integral role in enabling the creative process and ensuring employees have the support, inspiration and adaptive environments needed to interact and innovate.

Maker Commons - Think Like a Designer

Steelcase and Microsoft designed the Maker Commons to support the socializing of ideas and rapid prototyping – essential parts of the creative process.

More and more we are seeing larger, more established organizations strive to emulate the innovative culture of “startups.” However, scaling creativity and innovation methods requires structure and process, and the same mindset and practices which help make large organizations well-oiled machines, can often be the main barriers which stifle the innovation and creative processes.

Foster a Creative Culture

When our working experiences and environments foster a culture of choice and control, then the likelihood of attracting globally minded, innovative thinkers increases considerably. As does the propensity for achieving the golden ‘aha’ moment when a transformational insight is discovered.

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Working in pairs is essential for creativity. Steelcase and Microsoft designed the Duo Studio for paired and co-creation as well as for individual work on individual devices.

 

It’s about offering a variety of individual and collective work spaces and postures which support employees and teams through the various modes and stages of the creative process. An important part of this process in ensuring employees have the choice over how and where they work throughout the day based on the task at hand. This also means providing space to unwind and rejuvenate. When the mind is relaxed and solitary, it can wander freely and open the inner stream of the creative voice more easily.

As the race to accelerate business calls for organizations to deliver bigger, faster and better innovations, design thinking is proving an important tool to help employees gain greater clarity and to find viable and desirable ideas in the creative process. Beyond the innovator, it can benefit every function in an organization, forcing user-centricity and continuously encouraging employees to seek new ideas, insights and concepts in order to help design solutions that will delight and engage while also providing meaning in our daily lives.


Kim Dabbs is Director of Applied Research + Consulting for Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA) at Steelcase. She is based in Munich where she helps customers by connecting them to Steelcase’s extensive workplace research to help them achieve organizational success. Previously, Kim has been the Director Regional Learning Group in EMEA and helped launch the new Learning + Innovation Center in Munich. She holds a Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design. She presents nationally on social innovation and design thinking at venues such as the Guggenheim, the Aspen Institute and TEDx.

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10 Things I Love at Work (and Want at Home) http://blog.hbi-inc.com/10-things-i-love-at-work-and-want-at-home/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/10-things-i-love-at-work-and-want-at-home/#comments Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:35:55 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18337 Continue reading ]]> 10 Things I Love at Work (and Want at Home)

The workplace feels more like home these days and I find myself coveting things I’d love to bring home.

I’m in love. I’m not talking about royal fairy tales found in Buckingham Palace or romances made for the movies. I’m talking about where I spend a large part of my waking hours – my workplace. The office used to be a vast sea of uniformity. But, it’s gotten to know me better over the years. It’s learned what I like and what makes me feel good in my creative space. These days my workplace feels a lot more like home. And, I find myself walking from space to space coveting things at work I’d love to bring home to meet the family. Here’s 10 pieces I’m in love with right now make your office feel like home.

Enjoy the Moment

Enjoy the Moment

SILQ’s alluring silhouette makes me want to sit down and enjoy the moment. An innovation in materials science created a chair that’s both light and strong — eliminating most of the mechanisms typically associated with office chairs. Surface Magazine calls it the chair “you’ll never want to get out of.” My home office couldn’t ask for more.

Sit Back

Sit Back

No matter how many times I want to rearrange my living room, Umami seating, tables and screens are up to the task. Umami has an endless variety of configurations and its flexible, modern design creates spaces unique to whomever uses them.

Light Up

Light Up

Lighting helps set the mood in a room. Inspired by criss-crossing power lines in London, Michael Anastassiades designed these String Lights by FLOS. They come in both a cone and round version.

Step Up

Step Up

Rugs bring texture and warmth into a space. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams have a simple mission: to provide comfort for all at home or their home away from home. Designed with a neutral color a palette, their rugs add a touch of luxury and style to any room.

Unwind

Unwind

This shapely Field Lounge Chair from Blu Dot feels like an updated version of a classic leather chair. Its gently recline and sumptuous leather invite me to unwind while its sculptural base gives it a striking profile.

Gather Round

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Bassline Tables by turnstone make it easy to create a table that’s just for me. I can choose a standard top and finish or show off my personality with a custom top. They are built to inspire and I never fail to notice them.

Socialize

Socialize

The Enea Cafe Wood Stool by Coalesse is where residential meets social. Its warm, modern design gives me a place to perch, reenergize and chat with friends and coworkers.

Pull Up a Seat

Pull Up a Seat

Campfire Pouf by turnstone adds a touch of comfort and style to any space. It offers sturdy, support for a natural connection with friends. Plus, its lightweight construction and small side handle make it easily portable.

Kick Up Your Feet

Kick Up Your Feet

Hosu by Coalesse is a comfortable oasis in the midst of any space. This unique, convertible lounge helps me relax and focus.

Restart and Restore

Rest and Restore

Who wouldn’t want a Respite Room at home? This private, protected environment offers me a place to relax, allows my brain to rest and to form new connections.

Find out more about Inspiring Spaces.

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Rebecca Charbauski

For Steelcase

 
 

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Three Perspectives on the Future of Higher Education http://blog.hbi-inc.com/three-perspectives-on-the-future-of-higher-education/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/three-perspectives-on-the-future-of-higher-education/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2018 12:00:23 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18316 Continue reading ]]> Three Perspectives on the Future of Higher Education

How will flipped learning, 21st century skills and virtual and augmented reality change how students learn?

By Robert Talbert, Grand Valley State University

The following article is contributed by Robert Talbert. A professor of mathematics at GVSU, Talbert is on a year-long sabbatical working at Steelcase as a scholar-in-residence.

Nearly 1000 years have passed since the founding of the first university. For most of this time, higher education has looked and operated in many of the same ways. However, changes in technology and globalization have altered the nature of learners and the world in which they operate. How will higher education respond, and what does the future of higher education look like?

These questions were the focus of a session at the recent EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) conference in New Orleans entitled “A Flipped Future? Lightning Talks on Teaching.” I was one of three speakers who spoke on the future of higher education, sharing the stage with MJ Bishop, Director of the Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland; and Kyle Bowen, Director of Educational Technology at Penn State University.

The Future of Higher Education

Flipped Learning

My talk focused on flipped learning, a pedagogical technique in which lectures are mostly removed from class meetings. Students gain first contact with new material through structured self-teaching. Reclaimed class time is then used for active learning experiences. Through flipped learning, students discover how to learn on their own and gain experience solving difficult problems in a way that promotes collaboration.

Flipped learning in higher education emerged in the early 2000s and has seen rapid growth since the beginning of this decade. In my talk, I proposed four “grand challenges” for flipped learning to continue this upward momentum over the next several years:

  1. Craft a common definition of flipped learning
  2. Product a body of rigorous empirical research that establishes big results about the effectiveness of flipped learning
  3. Create a global library of open educational resources that support flipped learning in critical subject areas
  4. Build a global network of local communities of practice

21st Century Skills

MJ Bishop followed my talk by speaking about the importance of “21st century skills” – collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. He advocated flipping the curriculum for these subjects by offering digital certifications or “badges.” Students could learn specifically about these skills in addition to the content needed for their majors by developing portfolios showing competency in those areas. Those material can come from existing coursework or could be the result of extra, or co-curricular activity, rather than as part of a dedicated course. Through this evidence, the learner can earn a digital badge that can be affixed to their  LinkedIn profile. Employers and other interested parties can click on the badge and see the portfolio.

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Finally, Kyle Bowen spoke about virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR). Bowen noted that until recently, it would have been preposterous to think of people strapping a computer to their faces. Today, however, relatively simple and inexpensive technology allows users to completely immerse in artificial worlds. The applications to higher education are numerous. For example, he noted, learners studying agriculture in northern states like Pennsylvania can only study crops for a few months out of the year due to weather. But with AR/VR, lifelike simulations of crops can be studied year-round and without the expense of equipment and chemicals. Bowen noted that we have only just begun to seriously study the implications of AR/VR in higher education, and in the near future universities may need to have “virtual plants” to go along with their current physical plants to manage AR/VR resources.

All of these talks and the discussion that followed had several points in common.

  • The future of higher education will be more individualized and student-centered than in the past. Where traditional higher education has focused on mass transmission of information through lectures, future higher education might allow for differentiated instruction via flipped learning, individually tailored digital certifications, and AR/VR technologies.
  • The future of higher education will focus less on content coverage and more on skills and experiences that go beyond content. Higher education has traditionally operated on a scarcity model of information, with professors acting as gatekeepers to knowledge. The reality is much different today, and in the future of both pedagogy and technology will assume free, 24/7 access to information.
  • Teaching techniques that rely on transmitting information will thus be obsolete and the focus in learning will shift to meta-skills such as problem solving and collaboration, aided by technology.
  • The role of learning spaces in the future will evolve along with pedagogy and technology. With large lectures becoming obsolete, the makeup of learning spaces will change to designs that support ubiquitous technology, collaboration, and personalized learning. Such spaces will be designed with flexibility and adaptivity in mind, as there will be as many ways for learners to interact with ideas as there are learners and ideas.

Higher education with these and other changes will retain some of the best aspects of the past centuries of the university, such as rigorous academics and challenging creative work. But, it will do so fully embracing pedagogies, technologies and spaces that serve the needs of the individual student. That is a future worth looking forward to.

Written By:

Robert Talbert

For the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University

 
 

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What Workers Want http://blog.hbi-inc.com/what-workers-want/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/what-workers-want/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:00:49 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18253 Continue reading ]]> What Workers Want

People know what they don’t want at work—a sea of bland, uniform spaces where ideas to to die.

In fact, a recent Steelcase study of global office workers found that although 77 percent of people have their own assigned workstation, the vast majority—87 percent—spend two to four hours every day working someplace else. We wanted to know: Why are people migrating away from their desks? What kind of spaces are they looking for? Is it as simple as adding some sofas and a barista bar to give people the kind of workplace they want?

As it turns out, monotony is a huge motivator—just over half of people (51 percent) say they need an escape from working in the same place during their day, whether they were alone or with others. They’re also seeking deeper relationships with colleagues, and 43 percent believe informal spaces can help build more trust.

What people are looking for at the office...

Desire VS. Reality

People give lackluster scores to the ancillary spaces their companies provide today. Digging deeper we saw what’s behind the ho-hum ratings:

Desire vs reality

How to make informal spaces better

The Age Factor

Younger and older generations agree—everyone likes informal spaces and use them regularly—but for different reasons. Millennials are more likely to use dining/bar spaces to do focus work while older generations use these spaces for collaboration and socialization.

Lounge spaces are used by millennials as a place for privacy while older generations use these spaces socially. Millennials are also more likely to use a wider range of informal spaces and to adjust their furniture, where older employees tend to pick favorite spots to use and leave their furniture settings alone.

Culture Shift

In China and India, people spend far less time at their primary workstation than in other countries. Organizations appear to be more progressive and provide more informal spaces to their employees.

India and China also offer the lowest percentage of I/Owned workstations and the highest percentage of We/Owned and We/Shared workspaces. This further promotes mobility in the workplace and people in these countries are more likely to seek out other spaces to work.

Organizations in the United States and Germany appear to be more traditional and provide considerably more I/Owned workstations; organizations in India and China are more progressive and offer more We spaces.

Primary Workstation Type by Country

The More the Better

It shouldn’t come as a surprise: Companies that offer more casual, inspiring spaces are perceived as being significantly more progressive than those who don’t.

Availability of Informal Spaces

Hierarchy of Office Needs

Just as people have basic needs in life life food, water and safety, people have different needs at work too. In the office, organizations must provide people with technology, a diverse range of spaces that support different types of work and permission to use these spaces if they expect them to thrive.

According to the study, most organizations only provide people with the technology and permission to work in informal spaces. But what’s missing is the range of spaces where people want to work that support their physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing.

Hierarchy of Office Needs

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Six Ways to Support Agile Teams http://blog.hbi-inc.com/six-ways-to-support-agile-teams/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/six-ways-to-support-agile-teams/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:45 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18220 Continue reading ]]> Six Ways to Support Agile Teams


It wasn’t too long ago CEOs spent days with their executive team to devise a five-year plan worthy of Wall Street. Today, five years is an eternity.

It only took three years for Airbnb to go from an idea from in someone’s living room to booking accommodations for 700,000 guests. Uber needed just two years to evolve from its founding to raising millions in capital. While there may still be a place for the five-year plan, today’s leaders are working on five-month, five-week, even five-day plans. They are creating agile teams designed to fail fast, produce rapid prototypes, continuously learn and innovate quickly.

The Birth of Agile

“Agile is a kind of manufacturing system for new ideas. It is the practice that enables organizations to act on their new ideas,” says Tim Brown, IDEO CEO. “It is important to emphasize, however, that Agile is not where the new ideas come from. It is how they are rapidly iterated, improved and deployed.”

Merriam-Webster defines the adjective “agile” as “marked by ready ability to move with quick easy grace.” In the world of work, the term Agile is often used as a noun, as referenced by Brown, describing a concept born from a set of 12 principles written in the 2011 Agile Manifesto, a guide for software development teams. Today, Agile is not only used by IT groups, but has become known to increase success rates and speed up the development and implementation of new ideas across diverse disciplines. The principles of Agile work include:

  • Satisfying the customer with early, consistent and continuous deliverables.
  • Focus on one project at a time versus working on concurrent projects.
  • Fast, frequent, face-to-face team meetings—often standing—speed communication and track incremental progress.
  • Engage customers in hands-on product testing for immediate feedback.

Agile is commonly paired with the Scrum framework which includes activities like Sprints, Stand Up Meetings and roles such as the Scrum Master. (See Glossary of Terms)

“We knew in order to deliver product faster and iterate quicker, you needed small teams working in short cycles,” says Dr. Jeff Sutherland, one of the signatories of the Agile Manifesto and co-author of Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. “Today, your smartphone’s software is updated every couple of weeks and that’s slow. Amazon has a thousand Scrum teams and they deploy a new feature every 11.6 seconds.”

Since 2011, Agile has taken many different forms as it weaves its way outside of IT into other departments and industries (see Definitions of Agile). Terms are finding old forms of project of development comprised of detailed schedules, charts and requirements too slow. By the time a project is finished, it’s out-of-date. What’s needed today is a way to frequently test, improve and adjust a project as it’s put together to ensure an end result that satisfies the customer.

Agile

“Agile is a kind of manufacturing system for new ideas. It is the practice that enables organizations to act on their new ideas. It is important to emphasize, however, that Agile is not where the new ideas come from. It is how they are rapidly iterated, improved and deployed.” – Tim Brown CEO, IDEO

Accelerating the Creative Process

On the whole, organizations designed for efficiency are built to support a linear process—one that discourages iteration, creativity and the ability to harness change. As leaders speed up their organization’s digital transformation, data and tech-enabled solutions become ubiquitous, and the creative process accelerates. Ideas will multiply. Time to market will shrink.

“The nature of Agile work is that it helps the team adapt quickly with rapid learning cycles to improve the end result. Sometimes we may need to change directions or re-prioritize project requirements,” says Terry Lenhardt, chief information officer at Steelcase.

In his book, Sutherland writes teams doing a good job implementing Scrum experience a 300 to 400 percent productivity boost. “People are either going to change or go out of business,” says Sutherland. “Agile is a never-ending process of improvement. It’s like putting together a Swiss watch. When all of the interlocking parts work together, big things start to happen.”

An Agile Environment

Agile is practiced in a variety of ways. Some teams, especially those in the early stages of adopting Agile, find great value in some of the rituals and ceremonies associated with it. But, many teams have their own ways of achieving Agile principles. And, just as the team owns their process, they must also have some control over their place.

“We are finding that the notion of owned versus shared space is radically changing. The old notion of teams ‘owning’ their own project room while sharing open spaces has flipped to more of a sharing economy approach—rooms that can be reserved for short client meetings, while using open areas for flexible team spaces,” said Lenhardt.

Agile work requires an ecosystem of spaces designed to support the different steps throughout the process—giving people choice and control over where and how they get their work done.

“We need to consider the spaces people need for Agile work—things like visual persistence, continuous learning and quick experimentation. People need digital and analog streams of information and in person and virtual meetings,” says Lenhardt. “To keep up with the pace of Agile work, we’re going to have to give up some control to the users on how the space works. We’re going to have to make it highly reconfigurable because they’ll figure out what it is they need for the problem they’re trying to solve.”

Agile

“We know in order to deliver product faster and iterate quicker, you need small teams working in short cycles.” – Dr. Jeff Sutherland, Author The Agile Manifesto Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.

 

An Agile Experiment

Steelcase has a long history of using its own spaces as behavioral prototypes to experiment with new ideas and learn what works best and what doesn’t. The latest example is an evolving environment where AGile work concepts are being tested and evaluated in actual use over time. It’s generating a growing bank of knowledge about how people are working in new ways and how the workplace can best support them.

“We’re gathering new insights in the areas of embedded learning, leadership modes and the creation of community. In addition to shifts in the space itself, Agile also requires new behaviors, new social norms, and new ways of addressing performance,” says Dr. Tracy Brower, principal, Steelcase Applied Research + Consulting (ARC). “It’s exciting and holistic set of shifts.”

In the spirit of Agile work, Steelcase researchers are sharing several key spatial attributes for spaces to support Agile teams. These initial findings consider individual and group work modes as well as transition states.

01. Vertical real estate supports learning
Analog and digital displays ensure the team sees the big picture while allowing them to curate and take ownership over tracking progress.

02. Standing posture facilitates speed
A standing posture promotes an active, quick directional meeting designed to get the next set of activities going. Avoid distractions by having this space away from the main working area.

03. Heads down focus work contributes to sprints
Team members have to be able to executive project requirements. A place for deep, focused work while remaining cognizant of the team supports progress and knowledge building.

04. Pairing and cross-training avoid bottlenecks
A space for shoulder-to-shoulder work helps build knowledge within the team. Cross-training means if someone is sick or on vacation, the project can keep moving forward.

05. Customer engagement advances the process
Frequent customer testing and learning loops require a place for review that allows equal participation. This should include an area where someone can take notes on action items that everyone can see and agree upon.

06. Transitions re-energize team members
Transition spaces support rejuvenation for people doing deep focus work such as coding. Everyone has a unique way to re-energize. Some people need a social space like a cafe. Others need somewhere quiet like a respite space or a dose of nature like a garden area.

Definitions of Agile

The best place to start a conversation about agile is to define what it means for you and your organization. “One of the first steps in the successful implementation of agile (or Agile) is to clarify thinking and articulate a company’s goals related to it. A common set of definitions is critical to that conversation and to the setting out on the successful agile journey,” notes Dr. Tracy Brower, principal, Steelcase Applied Research + Consulting.

  1. Agile software development is defined by the Agile Manifesto and uses specific frameworks such as Scrum and Sprints.
  2. Teams outside of information technology (IT) are experimenting and implementing Agile-oriented work principles such as Scrum an Sprints.
  3. An agile working strategy supports mobility, teleworking, desk sharing and other similar approaches.
  4. An agile workplace is flexible and can respond to the changing needs of the business. The best agile workplaces give teams some control over their physical space.
  5. An agile culture is one is which flexibility, adaptability and speed are the rule. It must be present for definitions 1-4 to exist.

Steelcase will continue to share its Agile learnings with 360 readers both in the magazine and online.

Are you on a journey to create an Agile organization? We invite you to learn more by accessing ARC insights in 10 Things Agile Teams Need to Know and by listening to our 360 Real Time podcast with Dr. Jeff Sutherland explaining why he bans email, both available at steelcase.com/research. As our team begins to embrace Agile work, we also invite you to connect with Steelcase Applied Research + Consulting.

Glossary of Terms

Scrum

Inspired by a rugby play in which teams bind themselves together to push forward and gain possession of the ball, Scrum is a process framework for how to improve productivity with incremental development cycles, frequent customer testing and feedback. Scrum involves a cross-function team and three specific roles:

The Scrum Master helps the team follow the Scrum framework and eliminate any barriers.

The Product Owner is the project’s key stakeholder. They are actively involved with the team and hold a vision of what the team will accomplish. They help define, prioritize and make decisions about product requirements.

The Scrum Team is the group doing the work. They are empowered to decide how to get their work done and how much they can accomplish during each Sprint.

Sprint

During the Sprint, the team lists the project’s requirements and divides each cycle of work (i.e. one week), or Sprint, into its own list of requirements. Once they finish a piece of the project, the progress is tracked visually. Teams hold themselves accountable.

Spring Review

A show-n-tell product demonstration at the end of each Spring that includes the customer for rapid learning and instant feedback to the team.

Stand-up Meeting

The daily Stand-up Meeting lets the team gather on a regular basis to coordinate their activities for the day. It’s a quick huddle to make sure everyone continues to push forward together.

Velocity

In Scrum, Velocity is the number of project requirements completed during each Sprint.

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Seven Emerging Workplace Design Influences in 2018 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/seven-emerging-workplace-design-influences-in-2018/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/seven-emerging-workplace-design-influences-in-2018/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 12:00:22 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18170 Continue reading ]]> Seven Emerging Workplace Design Influences in 2018

The world of work is changing fast to instigate a new set of trends focused on themes of creativity, community and conscientiousness.

The full scale rejection of efficiency-based office environments is giving way to offices principled in sustainability, community, diversity and lifestyle. What design influences will be shaping the workplace in the coming year? Cherie Johnson, Steelcase global design director, and Julie Yonehara, Steelcase surface material designer, work with teams based in Michigan, Munich and Hong Kong to understand why certain design elements are gaining traction. They shared seven emerging forces at play when it comes to workplace design in the year ahead.

Workplace Design Influences in 2018

Celebrating Communities

Celebrating Communities

Designers are explorers searching for inspiration in buildings being renovated into more creative workplaces, Johnson tells us. They are conscientious in saving elements of interior architecture that reflect unique parts of a found building. By connecting new work culture in a meaningful way to the collective identity of the location, community and brand, designers are creating authenticity in the workplace in the world. Johnson says workers want to feel more immersed in the story and meaning of where they work in lieu of feeling insulated to place. Thoughtfully finding and exposing authentic layers of history and creating new insertions is the new creative canvas.

Designers are considering how places are differentiated from our digital world and how a space in one city is unlike its counterpart in another. Urban centers around the globe date back to different time periods. Based on the era in which they were built, certain materials were available and popular at the time. Today, designers are able to connect with those remnants of the past and create more memorable, personalized spaces. This presents a creative tension celebrating the old and new within a space. The desire to embrace and understand history adds an interesting dialogue to the design process as people connect with the authenticity and uniqueness once hidden in century-old buildings.

Global Inspirations

Because technology allows us to be instantaneously connected to images and projects taking place all over the world, designers are finding inspirations around the globe. In 2017, hygge, the Danish word for cozy, became more prevalent in the workplace as people sought more informal and residential work environments. Now in 2018, Yonehara says wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic based off nature and imperfection, is an influence resurfacing in the workplace. It’s the influencing ethos for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangements meant to expand the observer’s appreciation of beauty, which Johnson says is also experiencing a resurgence.

Techno-Craft

Our global environment is helping us connect with cultures and also with craft. The manufacturing technologies and visual tools now available to designers allow them to tap into methods that used to be inaccessible to a broader audience. Shibori, a Japanese approach to dyeing textiles, and Sho Sugi Ban, a Japanese burnt wood art, are two examples Johnson shared of once unattainable crafts now being curated by designers to bring life into the office.

Yonehara says this juxtaposition of craft and technology is providing people with both authenticity and performance. Light fixtures and ceramic accessories are being created by 3D printers, for example, making these elements more available and more durable for the office in some cases. Craft is being redefined by technology adding different aspects of performance.

Biophilia 2.0

Biophilia 2.0

When we’re surrounded by digital tools all day long, we yearn for a connection to nature, explains Johnson. Biophilia, the principle that human beings have an innate desire to connect and bond with nature, is experiencing a resurgence because of the balance we need from our digital world and the benefit of nature’s restorative qualities provide our well-being. Biophilic elements are making more of an appearance in dedicated rejuvenation and focus areas because we need the therapeutic connection with nature more frequently throughout the day.

Time is a luxury and Johnson is seeing more rejuvenation and respite areas planned on every floor of an office. Office workers need respite especially as they are asked to do more creative problem solving. How do we find peaceful places to think or work with our hands? As we look at the ecosystem of settings people have to choose from at work, Johnson is seeing more nature in the physical environment so people can step away from their desk for an escapist moment. Designers will continue to explore new ways to manifest the restorative properties of nature in the workplace.

Diversity of Materials

Diversity of Materials

As the workplace hosts a broader range of cultures and generations, people are gravitating toward more natural and textured materials. Today’s first-time employees are comfortable with a variety of materials, colors and spaces. When people are offered a diversity of spaces, they will find the one that’s the best fit for them. Johnson explains it’s about more than just finding the right spot for different modes of work. Materials create a sense of emotional well-being. They help a broader audience find a place where they feel they fit.

In addition, Yonehara says she’s also seeing a heightened understanding of the need for respite within the workplace. Technology helps us be more productive, but that also means we need more opportunities to rejuvenate. She’s seeing a wider range of neutrals, translucent and toned down colors as well as textiles with a tactile and warm handfeel to offer calm and comfort in areas of the workplace.

Designing with Data

Data has entered the work environment, adding significant value to the conversation between designers and customers. Designers who talk about changing space and culture with customers now have the benefit of non-biased data to help eliminate the fear of the unknown. Does everyone need their own workstation or private office? Or would more private enclaves and collaboration spaces better serve the team? Sensors in the workplace can help organizations learn how often people are at their desks and what kinds of spaces will best support their people. Data can help designers and organizations get to an appropriate design solution, faster.

Digital Tribalization

Technology is shortening the distance between the designer and the customer. People are so digitally connected, they are constantly developing and honing their personal design point-of-view. Visceral reactions to imagery found in our social media feeds and online can lead to the assemblage of the context that only fits our view. We “like” and “pin” what we’re drawn to, but then technology uses filters to provide us with more of our preferences, unintentionally narrowing our perspective.

The digital tribalization changes the conversation between designers and their customers. Johnson says virtual reality and augmented reality will come to bear to bridge the gap between a designer’s holistic vision of the workplace and individual’s unique preferences. Worldwide revenues for augmented and virtually reality are expected to reach $162 billion in 2020, according to International Data Corp.

The influences Johnson, Yonehara and their teams are watching emerge around the world in workplace design are constantly evolving. You can stay up-to-date with the latest workplace research by subscribing to 360 Magazine and 360 Real Time podcasts in iTunes or SoundCloud.

 

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Five Ideas for Finding Purpose at Work http://blog.hbi-inc.com/five-ideas-for-finding-purpose-at-work/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/five-ideas-for-finding-purpose-at-work/#comments Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:02 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18143 Continue reading ]]> Five Ideas for Finding Purpose at Work

Despite a recognition that shared purposes improves business success, research suggests people are struggling to find it at work.

Experts extolling the virtue of purpose-driven work are easy to find. In recent months, Forbes, Harvard Business Review and The New York Times have all published arguments on behalf of connecting with a company’s mission. Seventy-nine percent of business leaders think purpose is central to business success (pwc). And, nearly ninety percent of executives say an organization with a strong sense of collective purpose drives employee satisfaction (EY Beacon Institute, HBR Analytics).

Yet, evidence suggests despite lofty ambitions, many people are not finding purpose at work. The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index reports a slight decline in the percentage of people who say they like what they do each day. Less than half of executives say their organization shares a strong sense of purpose. And, research including the Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace continues to show only one-third of workers are highly engaged and highly satisfied.

There’s no need, however, to wait for purpose to manifest itself. Every day presents us with an opportunity to find purpose at work and make our lives and our organization better as a result. The recently published Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR) from Steelcase highlights a few simple ways to get started.

Finding Purpose at Work

1. Find a Passion Project

What began as a tinkering teenager’s passion project to get him to school on time, became $30 million business for Mike Radenbaugh. Inc. told the story of how Rad Power Bikes went from problem solving to profit recently. Not every passion project ends up a cover story. However, when you find a project where you feel like your work can make a difference, you’re bound to feel a renewed sense of curiosity, energy and excitement.

Lindsay Bonzheim, digital marketer at Steelcase, recently saw opportunity to improve the Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grant experience. The grant gives Steelcase Education the opportunity to partner with leaders in active learning. Over the course of three cycles, 40 schools have received active learning classrooms translating to a total of more than $30 million invested in the future of education.

“By helping improve our online experience, I knew we could make it easier for educators to find out if they were eligible and enhance their grant applications. It means a lot to work on a project that benefits students and teachers,” said Bonzheim.

Find a Passion Project

The Active Learning Center Grant from Steelcase Education seeks partners in active learning who are ready to use their physical classroom space to advance learning in new and important ways.

 

2. Invest in Community

In July 2016, 25 teenage girls and 10 Steelcase facilitators from Cluj, Romania participated in Camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World). A global gender empowerment initiative founded in 1995 by the Peace Corps, GLOW aims to build self-confidence, help girls develop communication and teamwork skills and create an understanding of how to lead positive change in their communities and the world.

Alexandra Moldovan, the Steelcase leader who headed the camp, had previously experienced GLOW as a camper and counselor. “Sharing my experience and knowledge to help these motivated and determined young girls become the positive change they want to see in the world was an experience of a lifetime.”

Many organizations encourage employees and teams to volunteer in their communities or provide matching donations for charitable contributions. Spend time to figure out how your company works and how you want to contribute.

3. Strive for Sustainability

As you consider your personal sustainability goals and how they impact your organization, strive not only to contribute, but also, to inspire others. Whether you bike to work, use public transportation, bring your own water bottle or coffee container to reduce waste or look for opportunities to conserve resources by turning off lights, your actions impact the environment and can illustrate and encourage a sense of global responsibility.

Nancy Hirshberg, previous vice president of natural resources for Stonyfield Farm, wrote in GreenBiz about the value of celebrating sustainability efforts along with the importance of finding a balance between visibility and keeping a low profile. “Recognition can inspire people to do more. It drives trust and increases engagement. That’s why it’s such a powerful tool for sustainability manager.”

Steelcase manufacturing plants employ a powerful internal recognition program. Suggestion yield positive impacts on the business and sustainability goals. One notable example of creative reuse came from the Steelcase wood plant in Michigan: operations team members were looking to better support a finished product during shipment. The teams realized they could use leftover melamine to build better pallets on-site. In addition to re-purposing materials, the new pallets have improved support and protection for the product during shipment.

4. Connect with Colleagues

Connect with Colleagues

Angela Eick helped start the Young Professionals group at Steelcase nearly five years ago.

 

Work at its essence is a social endeavor. An oft-cited Gallup poll says that people with best friends at work are more likely to report that the mission of their company makes them feel their job is important. They are more likely to say their opinions count at work and that they have the opportunity to do what they do best each day.

Angela Eick, digital marketer at Steelcase, started the Young Professionals employee inclusion group nearly five years ago. “I felt compelled to help start this group because I wanted to connect with other people who were new to the company. We wanted to provide opportunities to network, make friends and learn more about the organization,” said Eick.

In 2017, employee inclusion groups at Steelcase grew to more than 20 diverse networks of people and topics including multi-cultural, veterans, wellbeing, young professionals, women, pride, social responsibility committees and more. Whether it’s formally or informally, as a leader or a participant, seek out your fit within your broader organization.

5. Everyone Teaches, Everyone Learns

Everyone Teaches, Everyone Learns

The ability to continually learn how to learn together was a fundamental aim of the newest Learning and Innovation Center from Steelcase opened in Munich.

 

Opportunities to contribute to your organization’s learning environment may exist in non traditional places. There’s a need for leadership across all parts of an organization in today’s ever-changing business climate. Professional development development is no longer relegated to lectures, classrooms and formal learning sessions. Learning can happen everywhere.

Steelcase’s approach to learning fosters an environment where we all teach and we all learn. We spread learning and teaching through: classes and online courses, social learning, speaker series, conferences, lunch and learn events, mentoring and coaching. By helping to expand learning moments, you can drive development both personally and within your organization.

For more ideas about finding purpose at work, see the 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report from Steelcase.

 

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Rethinking An Old Project Room to Support Creativity http://blog.hbi-inc.com/rethinking-an-old-project-room-to-support-creativity/ http://blog.hbi-inc.com/rethinking-an-old-project-room-to-support-creativity/#comments Fri, 22 Dec 2017 12:00:41 +0000 http://blog.hbi-inc.com/?p=18113 Continue reading ]]> Rethinking An Old Project Room to Support CreativityWill a robot take my job? It’s a question on a lot of minds, according to a new Pew Research Center study (Oct. 2017). Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of adults worry about a future where robots and computers can do many human jobs. However, many experts, including Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, see AI as helpful. While AI may take over more rote tasks, it will add new jobs as well. Plus, as computers do more of the cumbersome, busy work that bogs us down, we’ll get to spend more time creatively solving problems to innovate and drive business forward.

Creative Spaces

A Steelcase and Microsoft survey found 77 percent of people believe creativity will be a critical job skill in the future. Yet, 69 percent of employees say they aren’t living up to their creative potential (Adobe) and lack a culture and environment that encourages creativity.

Unlike the linear work process driven by models of efficiency, creative thinking requires people to flow through different stages of work as they come together, break apart and iterate on ideas. The thoughtful integration of space, tools and technology enables the cycle between conversations, experimentation and concentration demanded by creativity.

When creativity is supported, it becomes a habit. The physical environment can help reinforce the shift toward a more creative culture. Together, Steelcase and Microsoft designed Creative Spaces, an ecosystem of spaces embedded with technology, to enhance the creative process.


 Creativity Ideabook

The Creativity Ideabook provides key insights and information around planning for creativity in the workplace.

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Rethink a Project Space

Designing for creativity can start small, however. Many organizations have underused real estate, like an old project room, just waiting to be given new life. There are some easy ways to begin rethinking existing space to boost creativity.

A dedicated project team space can provide fluidity between focus, collaboration and respite as teams flow between group sessions and individual heads-down work (see photo below). To help organizations get started, Steelcase designers created several ecosystem planning ideas in a Creativity Ideabook. They include three ways to “nurture creative confidence,” one of the design principles for Creative Spaces. Here’s how to begin turning an old project space into a place for creative work.

Rethink a Project Space

Three Ways to Nurture Creative Confidence

To nurture creative confidence, all employees should be empowered to tackle complex problems regardless of hierarchy or geography..

1. Encourage Equal Contributions

Accessible technology encourages people to participate and co-create. Adding a large-scale Microsoft Surface Hub makes it easy to share content or work with co-located and distributed team members.

2. Guide the Creative Process

Provide postable, writable surfaces adjacent to technology to make ideas visible and to guide the creative process. Vertical surfaces for writing, drawing and posting support creative thinking and expression.

3. Engage + Connect with Leaders, Guests

Separate spaces for additional team members or outside experts encourage leader and guest participation in the project work. Embedded within the project space, the director’s studio (top right of the photo) connects leadership to the workflow of the team.

To see more of the design principles behind Creative Spaces and additional ideas for creating the conditions for creativity at work, download the Creativity Ideabook.

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