How can furnishing solutions for the future world of work be developed that promote well-being, satisfaction and cooperation among staff? Especially in the context of illness prevention in the company, work environments need to take account of essential processes, demonstrate employee appreciation on the part of the company and fulfil important ergonomic requirements all at the same time.
For Sedus Stoll AG, the European office furniture manufacturer, the current state of affairs in the world of work is of fundamental importance when it comes to the creation of new, innovative products. Due to the digital revolution, the world today is changing faster and more profoundly than ever before. This is primarily affecting the way we communicate with each other and how we maintain contact and collaborate with other people. Today, it is easier to share knowledge. There is a trend away from a purely materialistic, owernship mentality towards more open ways of thinking and acting. This is leading to new forms of cooperative behaviour and life-styles are thus becoming more flexible and mutable. On top of all this, there is a growing awareness of one's own health and the associated responsibility for oneself and what one does. New groupings and forms of organisation are engendering a sense of community and reinforcing cohesiveness by creating their own rituals and identifying themselves with their cultural and symbolic values. What is the common denominator of most innovative work environments?
The office of the future takes account of the needs and expectations of different generations working together. This not only includes important ergonomic aspects but also the freedom to decide where, how and for how long an activity will be performed as well as the guarantee of more behavioural leeway, as a result of which employee satisfaction verifiably increases. Four fundamental needs should be covered by work environments: concentration, communication, cooperation and contemplation.