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Steelcase – ESG Commitments

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Overview

Steelcase believe that together we’ll help build a healthy planet, healthy people and a healthy culture. Together, we’ll unlock human promise for the next generation. ​

This year, Steelcase set a new foundation of goals that reflect their approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) priorities.​

Healthy Planet

  • Climate Change
  • Circular Economy + Product End of Use
  • Sustainable Product Design​
  • Consumer Health + Wellbeing

> Environmental Commitments

Healthy People

  • Social Innovation​
  • Diversity, Equity + Inclusion​
  • Learning + the Future of Work​
  • Wellbeing​

> Social Commitments

Healthy Culture

  • Empowered, Distributed Decision-Making​
  • Leaders + Teams​
  • Culture of Trust + Integrity​
  • Responsible Procurement Practices​

> Governance Commitments

For more information on their ESG Commitments, Values and Awards see: ESG Overview

Just one of the Many Reasons we Partner with Steelcase.

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Steelcase – Tired of Sitting in Your Dining Room Chair?

What you need in an office chair – whether you’re working in the office or from home.

Studies are showing people are sitting for longer when working from home. We have studied the science and effects of sitting for long periods and concluded an ergonomic chair can keep you comfortable and productive – wherever you work. In fact, people who sat in an ergonomic chair for long periods of time actually increased their productivity by 17.8%

What to Look For?

How do you know if you have a good office chair? You won’t feel or think about any discomfort while you sit and it won’t leave you feeling creaky, weak or stiff when you stand. Your chair should keep you comfortable and focused on your work, not your chair. That dining room chair you’ve been relying on lately is only meant for short-term sitting – not a full day. So, when you’re shopping for a chair designed to support real work look for these key features:

A ‘high-performance’ office chair should be highly adaptive to accommodate your unique body shape, size or weight with easy and intuitive adjustments that allow you to personalize it for you and your workstyle. A truly ergonomic office chair will move with you – helping you change posture without sacrificing support. As you recline, a chair’s seat and backrest should move as you do – opening your hip angle so your hip flexors and other muscles in the front of your body remain strong and flexible.

It’s easy to adopt unhealthy habits, like slouching and staying still for too long. Our spines naturally take on an S-shape. But when we sit, our hips tend to roll back and shift the spine into an unnatural C-shape. Make sure the backrest of your chair fits the natural contour of your back and reinforces your spine as you sit to maintain a healthy alignment. The age old ‘sit up straight’ is easier to achieve with a good office chair.

Discomfort can also be caused by how we interact with our technology. This interaction drives our posture; if not positioned well, it causes us to adopt poor postures. To mitigate this, make sure to set your laptop or desktop screens just below eye level. Additionally, make sure that your hands stay connected to input devices (such as keyboards) at all times. The arms of your chair should stay parallel to the floor while you recline – keeping your arms straight on your desk and your eyes level with your screen.

To truly optimize your posture, consider adding a headrest to your office chair for additional support for the head and neck. A headrest will keep your head centered over the spine and shoulders, instead of leaning forward as you connect with your digital devices. A good chair will keep you “in the pocket” and connected to your work with easy access to screens and devices.

Have you ever experienced poor circulation in the back of your legs after sitting for a long period of time? A good ergonomic chair will have strong yet pliable foam with adaptive bolstering (air pockets under the foam) in the seat to conform to the body and create pressure-free comfort for your sit bones, glutes and thighs.

When deciding which office chair will support you best, consider how you work. Do you need a chair to support you sitting for long periods of time, or is your work style more collaborative and only requires you to sit part of the time? Do you want to be in full control of your sitting experience, or do you want to just sit down and let your chair do the work for you? Look for a chair that provides you the comfort and control based on your personal preference.

Check our our STOCKED range of Steelcase office chairs via our Shop Now page. 

To read the full article by Steelcase: What You Need In An Office Chair


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Steelcase – Create Better Hybrid Experiences

Hybrid Collaboration Guide

Hybrid collaboration consists of creating a range of spaces and technology experiences designed to optimise a blend of in-office and remote teams.

This guide brings together two decades of Steelcase research and exploration, new features from tech leaders like Microsoft and Zoom, and new insights around how to help hybrid teams succeed. Explore a variety of collaboration scenarios — based on solutions available today.

Included in the Guide

  • 3 key concepts for better hybrid collaboration experiences
  • 6 tips for new collaboration etiquette and protocols
  • Visual considerations when using cameras, displays and lighting
  • Audio and acoustics considerations for optimal sound
  • Recommendations for a mix of analog and digital tools
  • Team space ideas for how to integrate technology
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Steelcase – Designing a Better Work Experience

Four new design principles meet new employee needs

The experience of working from home has changed people’s expectations of the workplace. They want and need a safe and compelling workplace that’s inspiring, more flexible and helps them get work done. They want more control over where and how they work, and designers will need to create spaces to solve for an even more diverse set of needs. Different design approaches will be required to create spaces that support the new ways people want to work and the things organisations need to compete effectively.

Me + We – Equally support individual and team work.

Designers need to balance the needs of teams and individuals by creating neighbourhoods where both collaboration and focused work can ebb and flow.

Fixed to Fluid – Design for greater flexibility and mobility

Design planning in the past often relied on a more formulaic approach, with a mindset toward permanent architecture and office settings. The new realities of how people and organisations need to become more agile requires designers to plan spaces that will regularly morph and change as needed.

Open + Enclosed – More enclosed “me” and open “we” spaces

Designers will need to think about ways to reinvent collaboration spaces that don’t always need four walls and a door, and individual spaces that feel more protected.

Braiding Digital and Physical – Enhancing human experience through technology

People and organisations will embrace hybrid working from home and office, travel will be less frequent and so remote collaboration is here to stay. Designers need to create solutions for individual and group video interactions that are not constrained to laptops or phones. Sensing technologies will need to be embedded to support increasing data-driven or artificial intelligence-guided experiences.

To read the full article by Steelcase: Designing a Better Work Experience