Innovation in the Workplace

Creativity is coming up with an idea valued by others, and innovation is turning it into reality. While the degree of innovation varies, all organizations innovate.  To enable innovation, employees need to move between spaces designed to support focus work and restorative activities.  That's why it's more imporant than ever for employers to evaluate how they can optimizie their workplace for innovation

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Driving Corporate Innovation

It seems two very different behaviors optimize creative thinking for innovation processes: high-focus work and restorative activities. We need to experience these on our own as well as with others. If we never rest, can’t focus, or don't work with each other, we miss out on finding new ideas and fail to execute them. Organizations that value and design workplaces supporting all of these activities can improve their innovation efforts simply by having more ideas to consider. Explore the growing evidence that supports this and how, coupled with Haworth’s workplace expertise, space design can cultivate the creativity necessary to spark innovation.

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Work Socially

When given the choice, people are drawn to the places that make them feel the best and most productive.  What we've known as the "office" has evolved into a place of social context.  After all, interaction with colleagues makes us happiest at work.  Social spaces are flexible, communal, and inspiring so people can pause, gather, connect, and refresh. 

Designing the Workplace for Innovation

For creativity and innovation to flourish, organizations should protect their employees’ ability to focus and encourage restorative behaviors in the workplace.

Design Implications

One of the common design Yetis (trends, myths, exotic beasts, etc.) that many companies seem to be chasing these days is the decision to build and/or reallocate an existing space to become their new "inovation lab," without considering the "why" and the "how" of innovation

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Optimizing Workplace Design

Explore the growing evidence that supports this and how, coupled with Haworth’s workplace expertise, space design can cultivate the creativity necessary to spark innovation.

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Design for Innovation

With innovation being one of the top 5 business drivers for today’s organizations, it’s crucial for workspace design to foster the creative process leading to innovation.

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Customer Spaces

See how Haworth customers have used space to drive innovation.

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Looking to get pricing or just trying to figure out what the right layouts and products could help innovation grow in your workplace, connect with our workplace innovation experts to get all the support you need.