Hosted by Ryan Anderson, Vice President of Global Research and Insights at Herman Miller, “Looking Forward” explores the future of work from all angles. Each week, Ryan talks with executives, thought leaders, researchers, architects, and innovators—all wrestling with questions about the dynamics reshaping work today. Looking for ideas to help your company create more inclusive and equitable employee experiences and improve well-being among a post-pandemic workforce? Then Ryan and his guests have you covered. Learn more at hermanmiller.com/futureofwork
Episode 8: Rebuilding our organizational networks
Our guest this week on the Looking Forward podcast is Andreas Hoffbauer, Ph.D., a sociologist by trade and the founder and director of the organizational and behavioral design studio Atelier Kultur. In a heady conversation with host Ryan Anderson, he explains how our organizational networks have been weakened throughout the pandemic—and how prototyping spatial interventions can help strengthen them. For more content about the future of work, visit hermanmiller.com/futureofwork.
Episode 7: Putting our insights to the test
This week on the podcast, we offer a glimpse behind the scenes of our recently renovated Design Yard facility in West Michigan. Home to several teams that have embraced hybrid working, our transformed Design Yard provides choice and bolsters engagement. Matt Stares, Senior Vice President of Global Real Estate, Architecture and Development here at Herman Miller, and Gretta Peterson, our Senior Manager of Global Workplace Strategy and Development, join Ryan Anderson for this enlightening conversation. For more content about the future of work, visit hermanmiller.com/futureofwork.
Episode 6: Architecting interaction
Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes, Founder/Lead Architect of AKKA Architects in Amsterdam, is the type of guest we could talk with for hours—but you’ll have to make do with 37 minutes on this week’s podcast. She joins host Ryan Anderson to discuss how organizations can design spaces in a more participative manner and create environments that are ready for the future of work—a future in which workplaces actually support the diverse needs of the people who use them. Their conversation is a master class in people-centered design for a post-pandemic world. For more content about the future of work, visit hermanmiller.com/futureofwork.
Episode 5: Know your customer
Our guest this week is Steve Todd, AVP, Global Head of Workplace at Nasdaq, and creator of Open Sourced Workplace—a resource for real estate and workplace information. Steve joins host Ryan Anderson to share how he’s been able to move Nasdaq beyond a spreadsheet-driven understanding workplace ROI and toward a more user-centered approach—including some of the factors he’s identified that influence productivity. If you like what you hear, visit hermanmiller.com/futureofwork for more content.
Episode 4: Better experiences through smarter buildings
This week, Ryan welcomes Andrea Chegut, Ph.D., Director of the Real Estate
Innovation Lab at MIT. A data scientist first and foremost, Andrea’s work involves
listening to data and leveraging what she learns to help designers and business leaders
align the built environment with the needs of people. In a fascinating conversation, she
and Ryan cover the four biggest struggles corporate real estate needs to address and
touch on how the pandemic has surfaced connections between physical space and
health and well-being like never before. For more content geared to help organizations
prepare for the future of work, visit hermanmiller.com/futureofwork.
Episode 3: Rethinking the concept of workplace
This week, host Ryan Anderson welcomes one of the most experienced and insightful leaders in the workplace strategy space: Adrienne Rowe, Head of Workplace Strategy at Raytheon Technologies. Their conversation starts with the current state of workplace strategy as an evolving field of practice, and springboards into a range of topics, from activity-based working to the challenge of balancing flexibility with providing an equitable experience for all employees. For more content geared to help organizations prepare for the future of work, visit hermanmiller.com/futureofwork.
Timely and insightful
Herman Miller has a great reputation as a leader in shaping workplace trends, so it’s great to hear from them on how these past 18 months are reshaping what offices look and feel like. If the first episode is any indication, this is going to be a required weekly listening for me and my team.