NOVEMBER 2013  News, research, tips and ideas for a happier, more productive workplace


It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner! Everyone at Forrer is excited for the beautiful pumpkin pie, apple cider and, last but not least, football! We hope you have as much to look forward to this fall as we do! In the meantime, read on for the latest news, tips, products and ideas for making your workplace a more efficient, comfortable and happier place to spend your day!


Sitting So Much Should Scare You


While at work, most people sit – all…day…long. Many studies have proven that spending so much time sedentary leads to a variety of serious health problems. Check out this infographic to learn the scary truth about how unhealthy so much sitting really is.

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How To Design A Better Office For Both Introverts and Extroverts


Over 95% of workers say having “access to quiet, private places for concentrated work” is important, but over 41% say they don’t have them. That’s a big problem for all workers, but especially for introverts (estimated at one-third to half of the population), who recharge their batteries by being alone. It’s an even bigger issue for organizations that employ both introverts and extroverts and who need to leverage the strengths of all workers as they strive to be more innovative and nimble in a competitive climate.

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IDEO’s 3 Steps To A More Open, Innovative Mind


“Any organization that wants to innovate, wants to be prepared to innovate, I think, has to have a few things in place,” Ideo CEO Tim Brown tells the Yale School of Management. “Perhaps the most important thing is methods for having an open mind. The quickest way for removing curiosity in my opinion is to have organizations that are too inward-facing, that don’t spend enough time out in the world.”

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Quarles & Brady LLP

Effective law firm branding requires more than a well-designed logo, catchy slogan and well-dressed attorneys.

“Our brand is our culture and is closely tied to our real estate decisions” says John J. Peterburs, PhD, executive director of Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm providing broad-based legal services through a strong network of regional practices and local offices. “It’s who we serve, it’s where and how we work; it’s who we are as an organization.”

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Why Bother With Buildings: A Perspective on Buildings and Organizational Change

Why bother with buildings? This seems like an odd question to ask when you think of how buildings provide for one of our most basic necessities – shelter. However,  the way we look at buildings – and the way we use them – is changing.
On December 10, 2013, we will welcome Dave Lathrop, Director of Research & Strategy for Workspace Futures at Steelcase, Inc., who will share his insights on the future of work and the impact on real estate.


Click to register or learn more about this event.



Amplify Your Innovation Quotient

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. What you may not realize is that the workplace is a hidden tool to inspire innovation and creativity.

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A New Sitting Experience: Gesture

Technology 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 on our website.



  • Minus 40 Celcius is exactly the same as minus 40 Fahrenheit
  • One bottle of wine contains about 2.8lbs of grapes
  • Astronauts have a patch of Velcro inside their helmets so they can itch their nose
  • The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia
  • Almonds are a member of the peach family

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