ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Humantech, completed the final phase of its year-long office transformation project with the reinvention of its interior space. The story is profiled in the June issue of Steelcase 360 Magazine which boasts a circulation of 100,000 printed in four languages. The new workspace offers flexibility, encourages collaboration and "walk-up" technology, and provides spaces for focused, quiet work. The first phase was completed in May when they earned a platinum level certification to NSF Protocol P391: General Sustainability Assessment Criteria for Services and Service Providers from NSF Sustainability, a division NSF International.
Business, and the way in which people work, has transformed over the last few years. The population of mobile workers due to the advancements in technology has exploded leaving office spaces empty and online meetings and teleconferencing the norm. "Our business model has changed too," says Good. "In the last few years, we transformed from an exclusive in-person ergonomics consulting firm to a software as a service (SaaS) organization. Our technology products, The Humantech System® and Ergopoint®, bridge the gap between our clients and us.
"We're in the business to improve the workplace and work processes. We're the experts," says Good. "It was time for us to take the lead and reinvent our office space to support mobile work, to encourage collaboration, and to provide a more desirable work environment," adds Good.
Good spearheaded the office reinvention project and referred to it as "The Office of Tomorrow." The strategy to create an environment that promotes both collaboration and quiet areas, worker mobility, and usable technology was set in motion last December.
The office, once occupied with traditional workstation cubicles now boasts a modern, open floorplan with height-adjustable workstations to support people in both seated and standing postures. "Since half of our consultant staff travel and work from client sites so often, we left 80 percent of our workstations unassigned. Previous to our remodel, we had employees working alone, in one wing of the building, because their cube neighbors were traveling. This environment didn't foster collaboration," says Good.
In addition to creating open workstations, informal meeting spaces (collaboration zones) were created for large and small group activities; varying size conference rooms to hold both staff meetings or client training classes; presentation areas outfitted with video (Media:scape) capabilities; lounge areas for informal meetings; quiet areas for times of concentration and rejuvenation; and a working cafe used as a lunchroom, workspace, or casual meeting area, are just some of the new elements.
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