Hey everyone,

Summer is nearly over, the kids are back in school and soon the trees will be all sorts of colors – other than green.  This year, NeoCon is especially exciting for us; 2012 marks Steelcase’s 100 year anniversary.  This year’s Steelcase showroom is comprised of products and solutions that unlock the future of human potential and support today’s workers in a business environment that is constantly evolving.  If you’re planning to attend NeoCon this year, be sure to check out the Steelcase showroom. The Forrer team will be available to walk through with you or answer any questions you may have.

In the meantime, enjoy the latest issue of our newsletter.  Topics ranging from staying fit at work to managing MiIlennials to collaboration in the workplace are covered.

GE Power and Water
from biztimes.com
Renovations to GE’s innovative engineering space at their Waukesha gas engines facility are complete. Brian White, president of Waukesha gas engines, said the new center will assist with both GE’s retention and recruitment efforts.  Congratulations to everyone who had a hand in this amazing transformation!
 media:scape mini test drive
from Steelcase.com
media:scape by Steelcase was conceived on the idea that collaboration leads to innovation.  The mini extends this collaboration into smaller and existing spaces.  With PUCK technology, it has never been easier to share from one computer to another.  The test drive is free!  Follow the link to set up yours.


The Dangers of a Messy Desk
from forbes.com


Is your monitor framed with layers of post-it reminders? Is your desktop hidden under stacks of papers, or your guest chair buried under a pile of outerwear? Your colleagues are judging you.

According to a new survey of over 1000 workers by staffing firm Adecco, a majority of Americans (57%) admit they judge coworkers by how clean or dirty they keep their workspaces. Meanwhile, nearly half say they have been “appalled” by how messy a colleagues’ office is and most chalk it up to pure laziness.


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Steelcase CEO on How Office Layout Impacts Corporate Culture
from forbes.com 
Steelcase CEO Jim Hackett talks about how office design can influence worker productivity and happiness. Workplaces are moving from “I” spaces to “we” spaces to enhance collaboration which in turn promotes innovation.  Steelcase’s own offices are a model for “we” spaces, as they have been constantly changing and updating since Jim Hackett took over as CEO in 1994.

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Managing Millennials

from mashable.com 

The thought of Generation Y, aka Millennials, running the country by 2020 may be a scary thought to some, but it’s more than likely an inevitable reality.  They have workplace priorities slightly different than previous generations, partly due to growing up with computers.