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Six Vital Characteristics of the Most Productive Workplaces: No. 1

October 7, 2016

Research and analysis are ongoing; Herman Miller has identified several significant patterns in the way organizations and their design partners are using space to support new ways of working. Based on observation and study of the evolving workplace, Herman Miller’s Living Office provides a basis of understanding and a framework for adapting needs for effective use of space.

After years of study, Herman Miller has gathered more than 70 distinct data points from 120 different floor plans. These plans represent organizations across a variety of industries. This research has yielded six significant trends in successful workplaces.

This is the first: From Standard Conference Rooms to a Variety of Group Settings

Clearly the two types of work settings—conference rooms and workstations—that continue to dominate office landscapes are no longer adequate to the task. There is an urgent need for a greater variety of settings targeted to support the unique mix of activities people pursue every day for the organization that employs them. Understanding these activities can help organizations envision workplaces that better reflect who they are, and provide greater support for what they and their people do.

The nature of work has changed dramatically. To provide a platform for the best work and results, the places we work, learn, heal, and collaborate must evolve as well. Contact us to speak to a workplace specialist. Read the full Herman Miller white paper Measure What Matters (PDF).

Six Vital Characteristics of the Most Productive Workplaces; (condensed from Herman Miller’s white paper Measure What Matters); ONE of SIX