FEBRUARY 2014  News, research, tips and ideas for a happier, more productive workplace


Welcome to the latest edition of “Transformation” from Forrer Business Interiors – a publication on all things work! If you’re new to our newsletter, here’s the gist: on a quarterly basis, we gather and share news on a range of work-related topics, from managing generations in the workplace to effectively leveraging technology, organizing your workspace or keeping healthy (and fit!) in the office.

We also share events, new products, case studies and research to help keep you up-to-date with what’s happening in the industry. As the Milwaukee area’s exclusive Steelcase dealer, we have access to some of the best research (and as a result, some of the best products) in the marketplace. If you haven’t visited our updated Interconnected Workplace showroom in the past year, we hope you’ll stop by to check out some of the applied research and products for yourself!

Happy reading!


Feb14bossWhen A Millenial Is the Boss

from Forbes.com

More and more Millennials are moving into management positions, which can cause tension in the office. But isn’t there an upside, too?

Check out this article on Forbes.com with contribution from Northwestern Mutual.

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Feb14 SittingThe Hazards of Sitting

from WashingtonPost.com

We know sitting too much is bad, and most of us intuitively feel a little guilty after a long TV binge. But what exactly goes wrong in our bodies when we park ourselves for nearly eight hours per day, the average for a U.S. adult? Many things, say four experts, who detailed a chain of problems from head to toe.

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Feb14 Sick8 Ways to Prevent Getting Sick at Work

from Shine.Yahoo.com

If you work in an office full of people, your chances of coming in contact with germs are that much higher. Arm yourself against colds, the flu, and stomach bugs with these essential tips.

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Sept Inspirations5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

from Time.com

Is stress as much a permanent fixture at your job as the office coffee machine? If so, you’ve got plenty of company. According to the American Psychological Association, workplace stress costs American companies an estimated $300 billion annually.

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Feb14 DeskercisesDeskercises to Help You Keep Your New Years Resolution

from Turnstone.com

The secret to keeping a fitness resolution is by making it as easy as possible for you to complete it. If you’re working at least 40 hours a week and find it hard get to the gym, here are 3 exercises you can do right at your desk.

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Feb 14 Highland2Highland Community School

One of the oldest Montessori schools in Milwaukee, Highland Community School was looking for a solution to transform their 7th and 8th grade classrooms into an environment that supports their unique style of teaching and learning.

Forrer worked with the Highland Community School staff to create defined areas within the room, allowing cross-functional teaching and learning to occur with ease.

Read the full case study.



Feb 14 Warehouse SaleDon’t Miss Amazing Prices on New or Lightly Used Products!

Due to demo stock updates and rare manufacturer or specification errors, we occasionally end up with excess product in our warehouse. Many products are brand new, while others are very lightly used. These products are available for sale at extremely low prices, and our goal is to move them out of our warehouse FAST!

We currently have a Steelcase media:scape table, 3 complete private office settings and a Coalesse SW_1 conference table and chairs available, in addition to many other miscellaneous items. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to snag great products for even better prices!

Check out our available products. 


Feb 14 Gesture Save the DateSAVE THE DATE: Gesture Launch Party

Join us for a bash to celebrate the official launch of the groundbreaking Steelcase Gesture chair in the Milwaukee marketplace. Designed using the findings of a massive global posture study, Gesture is the first chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies. Join us as we celebrate the launch of a new sitting experience with cocktails, food, music and of course, Gesture!

Click to pre-register for this event.



A New Sitting Experience: Gesture

Feb 14 GestureTechnology is the single greatest force driving the changes in the way we work and live. The new, multiple devices we employ throughout our work day allow us to flow between tasks, fluidly and frequently. Gesture is the first chair designed to support our interactions with today’s technologies.

Steelcase undertook a global posture study in 11 countries, observing 2,000 people in a wide range of postures, and uncovered nine new postures that result from the use of new technologies. Because these new postures are not adequately supported, workers are often uncomfortable, in pain and doing long-term harm to their bodies. While technology helps productivity, it can cause pain that disrupts our work and hinders our ability to concentrate and be creative. Based on this research, Steelcase designed Gesture to support posture changes specifically influenced by technology devices we use today.

Click here to learn more about Gesture.


Feb14 WellbingWellbeing: A Bottom Line Issue

Fostering creativity and innovation requires a new strategy that might take some business leaders by surprise – a rigorous focus on organizational and employee wellbeing.

“The most successful organizations are now turning their attention to employee wellbeing as a way to gain emotional, financial and competitive advantage,” notes Tom Rath, Gallup’s leader of workplace research and co-author of the bestselling book “Wellbeing.”

Read the latest Steelcase 360 Magazine.




  • Eight percent of people have an extra rib
  • The longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds
  • The names of all the continents both start and end with the same letter
  • Lightning can reach up to 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit
  • For every human there are 200 million insects

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