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Check out the latest information on workplace research, insights and trends that will help you understand how people really work and how creating great spaces can make a difference.

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Issue 69: Making Distance Disappear

Teamwork is a lot harder than it used to be. In the not-so-distant past, teammates simply called a meeting, gathered in a conference room and solved problems—or at least they tried to. It wasn’t a perfect process, but it was far less complex.

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Issue 68: The Privacy Crisis

Taking a Toll on Employee Engagement 

In organizations all over the world, people are facing brand-new problems that require sharing information and putting knowledge together in new ways. For all the right reasons, collaboration has become the big engine for progress and innovation. Although workplaces today make it seemingly easy for people to collaborate, most leaders remain dissatisfied with the pace and frequency of breakthroughs. Uncertain of what to do next, they hire new talent, carve out trendy group spaces, add technology or step up team training efforts—but still don’t see the gains they desire.

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Issue 67: Wellbeing: A Bottom Line Issue

How feeling good at work drives business performance

When IBM asked CEOs around the world to identify the most important leadership traits needed today, their answer was resounding: collaborative, communicative, creative and flexible. CEOs are seeking “employees with the ability to constantly reinvent themselves.

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Issue 66: Amplify Your Innovation Quotient: The New I.Q.

Innovate or die. In 1997 American business writer Tom Peters coined this famous phrase. It was true then and rings even more true now. For CEOs worldwide it’s obvious: Innovation is critically important to an organization’s success, and it is imperative that it remains a key corporate strategy.

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Issue 65: Culture Code

Economist Pankaj Ghemawat stirred up controversy when he wrote “just a fraction of what we consider globalization actually exists… [and] globalization’s future is more fragile than you know.” But how can that be? We live in a wired (and wireless) economy where a designer in Amsterdam collaborates with an engineer in Silicon Valley under the supervision of a Parisian manager, to manufacture goods in Shenzhen for the Brazilian market. Isn’t this world supposed to be “flat,” as Thomas Friedman famously declared?

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Issue 64: Future Focused

In a challenging, complex and competitive environment, business leaders everywhere are united by a common desire: to anticipate the future and act on it now.

At Steelcase a team of 43 WorkSpace Futures researchers, strategists and advanced applications experts spend a lot of time thinking about the future. Specifically, how to think about the future through a set of themes and by co-creating applications with leading organizations. It’s a rigorous approach of studying evolving issues and weak signals — what they call “embedded pockets in the future horizon that are likely to become more persistent over the next 10+ years.”

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Issue 63: The Next Office

Executives everywhere are being asked to deliver higher performance from every company asset. Yet they often overlook an asset that’s both highly leverageable and pivotal to the organization’s success: the office.

Like all executives around the world, Steelcase president Jim Keane is always looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage, especially in today’s tough economic climate. And he knows first-hand what others may not recognize yet – the power of real estate to help organizations create, innovate and drive growth.

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Issue 62: Is Your Workplace Ready?

Can it handle the global, mobile, nonstop reality of business today? Because that’s the new reality for globally integrated enterprises. Business is increasingly a team sport that leverages technology to cross borders and time zones. Work is more interconnected and more complex than ever. Our work environment is the pivotal place for helping us navigate this new business world.

This new workplace must address the diverse ways people are working today. It must support enhanced collaboration, the essence of knowledge work. It needs to inspire and attract people to work at the office instead of the coffee shop. It should nurture personal wellbeing, and leverage organizational culture and the company’s brand. Overall, this workplace must make the most of every square inch of an organization’s real estate.

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