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Herman Miller Brings Living Office(SM) To Life

ZEELAND, Mich., June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2013 Herman Miller introduced Living Office, an enlightened and more human-centered framework to approach contemporary office design. Continuing the company's legacy of leadership in the design of the modern workplace, Living Office addresses wants and needs that are fundamental to all humans, while adaptive to the unique purpose, character and activities of individuals and organizations. Ultimately, Herman Miller's Living Office seeks to inspire and enable a more natural and desirable workplace, fostering greater connection, creativity, productivity, and prosperity for all.

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Building on the momentum of its Living Office launch, this week Herman Miller unveiled new tools, information, and dynamic new furniture designs to help organizations achieve their own Living Office.

The Power of PlaceIn a Living Office, place acts as a powerful expression of an organization's unique culture and a strategic tool to realize its ambitions. The guiding design principles start with those factors that are fundamental to all humans; and because all individuals and companies work differently, diagnostic tools then focus on those qualities that are unique to each.

A Human Experience Fundamental to All Living Office begins with an understanding of what all people intuitively seek in a workplace. To create offices where people and the business can prosper, Herman Miller believes organizations must develop spaces that balance the experiences and motivations of individuals and groups, as well as their cognitive and physical needs. The Living Office tools for modeling the human experience also account for the natural interaction of these dimensions.

Human Motivation Herman Miller has identified six key work motivations, informed by independent experts and the company's own primary research, and considers each in relation to the individual, group, cognitive, and physical experience.
  • Security: People desire health, safety, familiarity, and competence.
  • Autonomy: We naturally seek freedom in our actions and decisions.
  • Belonging: Humans want meaningful connection to others.
  • Achievement: We strive for excellence and take pride in our accomplishments.
  • Status: We want recognition for our contributions.
  • Purpose: People want to make a meaningful difference.

Greg Parsons, Herman Miller's Vice President, New Landscape of Work, noted, "Today's technologies allow us to work anywhere. So why come to an office at all? Living Office aims to provide to knowledge workers what the stage or recording studio offers to musicians- an environment optimized to inspire and enable people's ultimate performance. By deeply understanding human motivations and their corollaries in space design, Living Office enhances both performance and satisfaction."

The company has research-based examples of how these six motivators connect to the design of the office. In Herman Miller's global study on individual preferences and attributes, people who said they were motivated by connection and belonging cited preferences for a "personal oasis" at work that supports "self-identity and ownership." They also expressed desire for work environments that "do not look or feel like an office, but seem more like home," that "flow between casual and formal," "reflect team space," and "enable and encourage interactions."

In the same global study, people who said they were motivated by meaningful and engaging work cited preferences for "busy, interactive" work environments that offered "freedom to explore" and "different perspectives and viewpoints." Providing people the option to select work settings that best serve the task at hand supports their desire for autonomy.

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