What’s the Future of the Office?

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From better support for people working at home, to dynamic workplace networks that offer people more variety and choice than ever before, see why we’re excited about the future of the office.

Four Insights to Shape Workplace Strategy

1. Distributed ways of working – where people are empowered to work at different times and places – aren’t new, but they’ve been accelerated by the pandemic.

2. People can be productive working elsewhere, but offices still provide great value as on-demand resources for individuals and teams.

3. To remain relevant, offices of the future will need to build culture and community, support individual focus and facilitate intensive teamwork.

4. The work-from-home experience is different for everyone. Companies should continuously strive to help people stay healthy and productive, no matter where they are working.

From Office to Everywhere

Discover more insights from Herman Miller on the ways that work and the workplace are changing.

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Watch the Future Unfold

Hear from our Vice President of Global Research & Insights on how offices of the future should evolve to become places that give people the flexibility to work when and where they want.

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Future of the Office: From Office to Everywhere

See why offices of the future should evolve to become places that give people the flexibility to work when and where they want.

Three Activities Every Office Should Support

For many people, the days of going into the office every day and sitting at the same desk for eight hours are over. But that doesn’t mean the workplace is irrelevant. Check out three types of activities people will want to do when they are in the office.

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1. Connect with Extended Network

Areas that encourage people to interact with colleagues they don’t see every day allow people to build the relationships that are critical for maintaining culture. These spaces also help people feel a sense of purpose and belonging.

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2. Focus on Intensive Work

Safely maintained, reservable on-site workstations are especially important since many people have difficulty focusing at home, especially on brain-intensive work.

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3. Collaborate with Colleagues

Highly interactive settings that facilitate immersive on-site collaboration give people the time, space and tools to solve complex problems that are difficult to address remotely.

Office Inspiration

Explore an office scenario that showcases a diverse mix of settings that support all the ways people work – in person and remotely.

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Future of the Office: Diverse Spaces for Better Support

Explore an office scenario that showcases a diverse mix of settings that support all the ways people work—in person and remotely.

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How Herman Miller Can Help

Whether you’re just beginning to transform your workplace or you’ve been doing so for years, Herman Miller has insights, products and services to help your people stay productive and healthy in the office, at home and beyond. We can help you:

  • Gain insights
  • Reach business goals
  • Develop a work-from-home programme
  • Measure and improve strategy
  • Outfit spaces with supportive furnishings