Future of Work


Settings for the Future of Work

The shift many organizations are making toward a hybrid workplace strategy requires rethinking their physical spaces. To help, Herman Miller has developed insight-led settings built on their Living Office framework, all tailored to the types of experiences the office is uniquely well-suited to support.

Community Socialization

By providing areas that encourage people to interact with their extended networks, the office can help reestablish these connections.

Team Collaboration

Offices that prioritize team-owned spaces better accommodate longer-term collaboration and unscheduled chats that can spark new thinking.

Individual Focus

For individuals who struggle to focus while working from home, a return to the physical office can provide a respite for concentration and focused work.

Community Socialization

These settings are optimized to nurture relationships beyond one’s immediate circle—connections that are critical for establishing and maintaining culture and for helping people feel a sense of purpose and belonging at work.

Reunion Plaza

The Reunion Plaza is a vibrant public space at the heart of an office landscape.

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Open Forum 1.0

Finish options add to the energetic character of this flexible, community-focused setting.

Open Forum 1.0

Open Forum 2.0

A streamlined vocabulary of furnishings in this multipurpose space keeps the focus on people and their work.

Open Forum 2.0

Team Collaboration

To better accommodate longer-term team collaboration and create more opportunities for spontaneous interaction, organizations need to flip the prevailing model of workplace design and shift emphasis from individual workstations to group spaces.

Neighborhood 1.0

This neighborhood helps team members work independently, comfortably, and efficiently.

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Neighborhood 2.0

This team setting balances independent work and interdependent decision-making.

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Neighborhood 3.0

This neighborhood is designed for teams whose success depends on coordinated effort.

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Neighborhood 4.0

Teams with improvisational workstyles need spaces like this to facilitate constant interaction.

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Dynamic Meeting Space

In-person meetings have evolved beyond gathering around a conference table.

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Individual Focus

With spare rooms called into duty as home offices and the pull on our attention from children, roommates, or extended family, working from home can be challenging. The physical office can become a respite for concentration and focused work.

Study Hall

The Study Hall is designed to support focus, thinking, and reading in proximity to others.

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Quiet Lounge

This setting welcomes people looking to relax while remaining connected to their community.

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Focus Room

A Focus Room provides acoustic and visual privacy to support independent work.

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A Retreat invites people to withdraw for a few minutes and escape the stresses of work.

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Connect with an expert

Do you have questions about implementing a hybrid workplace strategy? About how your space can support the experiences your people missed working from home? About small changes you can implement today to make your office more adaptable? You’re not alone—and we can help.

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