ZEELAND, Mich., Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The early 21 st century marks dramatic change; in the global economy, the structures and cultures of organizations, in workforce demographics, in technologies, and in the personal needs and expectations of workers. Long established workplace norms are giving way to disruption and uncertainty. This shifting landscape of work leaves many people and organizations out of sync, with unmet needs. Many existing methods of equipping and managing the workplace fail to serve the enterprise, as they fail to empower or motivate people. Individual and group spaces aren't optimized for modern work styles. Many offices are, literally and figuratively, from another era. Herman Miller Inc. has successfully met this challenge before. A pioneer in the modern office, the company first established itself as a workplace leader in the 1930s, with modular executive furnishings by designer Gilbert Rohde. In the 1940s, design director George Nelson created the first L-shaped desk for Herman Miller, to accommodate the proliferation of desktop technology (typewriter and telephone), as designers Charles and Ray Eames advanced new materials and forms in Herman Miller office seating. In the 1960s Herman Miller's groundbreaking Action Office system established the 'open plan' office. At the forefront of virtually every workplace innovation since, including the rise of ergonomic work chairs and most notably its iconic Aeron design, Herman Miller is once again embracing social change as opportunity—aiming for profound and positive impact on the lives of people and organizations. Working with an international cast of experts, researchers and designers, Herman Miller is applying new insights into people, place, and work—how we think, how we are motivated, and how we create and collaborate. Living Office The result is Herman Miller's Living Office—a naturally human integration of people, ideas, tools, furnishings and spaces, to create a more desirable workplace. Living Office helps people and organizations uniquely express and enable their shared character, activities, and purpose, promoting employee engagement, creativity, productivity, and wellbeing, and ultimately greater prosperity for all. Herman Miller has begun introducing their new knowledge, services, products, and technologies to support this progressive vision. Living Office Research Powerful mobile technology and seamless information networks allow work to happen anywhere, at any time, driving a shift in the fundamental purpose of the formal office. What was once secondary—camaraderie, connection, spontaneous interaction, and group expression—is becoming primary. Bringing people together, in proximity or direct collaboration, to power their ultimate creativity and performance, is the essential purpose of today's office.