Benching: An Idea Whose Time has Come … Again
The workbench is an enduring workplace tradition, for many good reasons. It’s simple, efficient,straightforward and adaptable. From the crude wood tables used for centuries by artisans and craftspeople to today’s sleek and technology-infused versions for knowledge workers, benching is a concept that’s continuing to evolve to meet a wide variety of workplace needs.
In North America, the trend to bench has been catching on fast because it’s a hard-working solution that addresses converging business realities, especially: 1) today’s workplace culture that prefers collaboration and networking to closed-off cubicles; and 2) the pressing need to curb real estate costs and adapt spaces quickly to changing business conditions and needs.
Steelcase began conducting primary and secondary research on benching in 2008, including in-depth case studies with 10 clients, six in the U.S. and four in Europe.
Steelcase’s Advanced Research Consultants and Workplace Futures teams, in collaboration with architects, designers and organizations worldwide, have discovered new insights about benching products and applications.
On Wednesday, December 12th, be sure to join us for one of the following sessions:
- 9:00AM to 10:00AM – continental breakfast will be provided
- 11:30AM to 12:30PM – lunch will be provided
- 4:00PM to 5:00PM – wine & cheese