For years, many have predicted the death of the office. Mobile technology allows us to work anywhere, so why do you need an office at all? Yet as the world becomes more complex, the places we work have never been more relevant. Work is a social activity and people need places to come together to solve problems. The office isn’t going away—it’s in the midst of a renaissance, where workplaces are becoming something fundamentally different.
In this issue, we explore the rebirth of the office and how workers are rebelling against the sea of sameness that defined many workplaces. This cultural movement is redefining the workplace; creating a more human-centered experience that enriches the emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of people. The office renaissance is about creating meaningful places for people to work—places that feel good, but also perform, by harnessing new embedded technologies that help people navigate the complexity of work.
One area in the office that is ripe for change is the executive suite. This issue shares the latest findings by Steelcase researchers on the new ways leaders need to work, and how to create the next generation of leadership spaces to foster agile, adaptive cultures and resilient organizations.
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