The office design of furniture manufacturer Steelcase reflects the company’s philosophy that by providing options in how and where employees work, a company will not only attract and retain talent, but also boost productivity. Recognizing the importance of employees understanding the larger details of the projects that they are working on, the office layout allocates ample room for co-working spaces and demarcates less footage to personal areas. One example of a traditional space reinterpreted by Steelcase is their cafeteria, which has been redesigned as a “WorkCafé”—a place for employees to have a healthy meal while still offering the necessary amenities needed for a useful working environment (a nourishment bar serves snacks and Starbucks coffee), giving workers a casual space for a productive retreat during their day.
The the café includes 5 meeting rooms (three with telepresence), and features large open spaces designed to encourage groups of people to meet and work together in the space. According to Steelcase’s CEO, Jim Hackett, “Data shows that if we create a place where people are happy, they are more productive.”
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