Employee engagement has become a paramount issue in today’s workplace. A recent study by Gallup showed that worldwide, 87 percent of employed people are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, which means that they’re emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and thus less likely to be productive.

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Employee engagement is essential to greater productivity, to increase profitability and lower turnover. Place matters.

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Creating spaces that enhance democratic collaboration is key to fostering trust and boosting engagement.

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Using informal lounge seating throughout the flooplan can encourage engagement and collaboration.


1/3 of workers in 17 of the world’s most important economies are disengaged, according to new research from Steelcase.

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There is much involved in solving the problem of employee engagement, but the bottom line is that place matters. Bringing people together in a place that unites them can be the first step. But this cannot happen in yesterday’s office. What is needed today is a workplace where employees choose to work—not because they have to but because they want to.

Innovative companies are designing spaces where employees are excited to be, whether on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and they are providing technology that makes it easy to switch back and forth. A workplace that provides a range of spaces (or ecosystem) for collaboration, focus and even socializing will help to attract, retain and engage top talent by giving employees choice and control over where and how they work depending on the task at hand. In addition, providing spaces that are designed to nurture a person’s physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing supports employees, allowing them to be healthy, productive and engaged at work.

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Designing to engage

When designing a strategic workspace, we look at creating an ecosystem of spaces within the floorplan. This empowers people by giving them the ability to choose the right space for the work at hand.

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The high cost of disengagement

Disengaged employees can be toxic to the organization. In the U.S. alone, Gallup estimates that the cost of disengaged employees could be between $450—$550 billion per year. Conversely, Gallup found that organizations with a high degree of employee engagement experience greater productivity, great profitability, lower turnover, and less absenteeism.

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5 Elements that drive workplace engagement

Today, we understand more than ever that office space is a key factor in boosting employee engagement and performance. But we also know that workplace engagement is a much more complex issue. There are are a matrix of factors involved that inform and work in tandem to create optimal environments for people to collaborate, innovate, produce and excel.…


Boost employee engagement by connecting people + purpose.

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How to re-ignite a startup culture.

In the new Steelcase 360 Magazine entitled “Think Better” there’s an article called, “Igniting a Sense of Start-up Culture”. We all understand that startups have an authenticity that is built from determination, passion and ingenuity – the struggle to make something out of nothing. But what if a more “mature” company wants to incite some of…