Hosted by Ryan Anderson, Vice President of Global Research and Insights at MillerKnoll, “Looking Forward” explores the future of work from a variety of angles. In each episode, Ryan talks with executives, thought leaders, researchers, designers, and innovators—all wrestling with questions about the dynamics reshaping work today. Looking for ideas to help your company create more inclusive places of work, provide more equitable employee experiences, and foster a greater sense of belonging among your workforce? Then Ryan and his guests have you covered.
S2, E9: Workplace strategy for employee experience
This week, we welcome Corinne Murray, founder of Agate Studio. As a leading workplace strategist, Corinne helps organizations think differently about how they approach the creation, management, and evolution of their places of work. In an enlightening conversation, Ryan and Corinne explore the nuanced world of the future of work, touching on several approaches employers can use to evaluate both the built and social work environments to improve employee experience. For more content geared to help organizations prepare for the future of work, visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/designing-better-tomorrow-millerknoll/.
S2, E8: How human experience can shape real estate
Disruption has been the theme of Ronen Journo’s 28-year career, so his perspective on this period of rampant experimentation in corporate real estate is particularly prescient. Ronen is Senior Managing Director and European Head of Management Services & Operations at Hines, a privately owned real estate investment, development, and management firm. In this episode, he and Ryan discuss how the pandemic provided an accelerant for challenges that had been on a slow burn for decades, and the need for corporate real estate professionals to focus on the experiences of the people who use the built environment in order to fully realize its value. For more ways to keep people at the heart of the built environment, check out our POV on the future of work: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/designing-better-tomorrow-millerknoll/.
S2, E7: Moving beyond accommodation
Inclusive design is a topic not nearly enough people are talking about. This week’s guests are working to fix that. Jolene De Jong is an Applied Insights + Design Specialist at MillerKnoll and Joseph White is the company’s Director of Design Strategy. They recently collaborated on a white paper for the peer-reviewed CRE Journal. In it—and in this episode—they unpack the need for architects and designers to move beyond accommodation of unique needs and toward a more widespread adoption of the notion that spaces that follow inclusive design principles simply work better for everyone. Inclusive design is also a key part of MillerKnoll’s POV on the future of work, which you can read here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/designing-better-tomorrow-millerknoll/.
S2, E6: The business case for flexible working
Host Ryan Anderson could not wait to share this episode with you. Our guest, Cali Williams Yost, has spent her career helping organizations reimagine not just where, but also how and when their people work to improve performance and well-being. With a mix of infectious enthusiasm and the truth-bomb directness of someone who has been advocating for these shifts for 27 years, Cali makes a strong business case for embracing flexible work and remaking the office into an intentional enabler of a more flexible operating model. For more ways to help your organization with these shifts, visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/designing-better-tomorrow-millerknoll/.
S2, E5: Expanding the concept of workplace
On this week’s episode, we chat with Craig Robinson, Chief Growth Officer at flexible workplace provider, Industrious. With more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate business, Craig helps organizations to be more innovative in their approach to real estate by expanding their concept of ”workplace” and providing greater employee choice while managing costs and risk. Join host Ryan Anderson and Craig as they discuss ways to support optionality, flexibility, and environments that promote belonging and purpose. For more content geared to help organizations prepare for the future of work, visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/designing-better-tomorrow-millerknoll/.
S2, E4: Fixing what’s broken
Our guest this week is on a mission to convince organizations everywhere to take the double disruption of COVID plus inflation as an opportunity to change for the better. Debbie Lovich is a Managing Director and Senior Partner at Boston Consulting Group. She brings her sharp wit and analytical mind to this conversation about the need for leaders to model flexibility, how our reasons for being in the office today have increased demand for shared space, and what the future of work looks like for the 70 percent of the global workforce in manufacturing, retail, and other industries where employees can’t work from home. You’ll find Debbie’s article on that topic here, and you can find MillerKnoll’s POV on the future of work here.
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.