Americans work longer hours than people in most other developed countries. More than 10 million employees log 60-hour workweeks. Thirty-four percent of the workforce doesn’t take vacations. Barring dramatic shifts in the cultural and political landscape, Americans will continue to work themselves into the ground. So Herman Miller has unveiled a desk that -- while no month-long holiday in the French Riviera -- promises to make life a touch more tolerable for workaholics everywhere.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Herman Miller, the Zeeland, Michigan, furniture giant, is brilliant at promoting itself. The company’s latest campaign, POV, is proof positive. It’s a microsite that uses hip California architects -- and the hip California houses they designed -- to flog sofas and armchairs. In short, it manages to wrap mundane objects in the seductive packaging of California cool.
Future-proofing against a world in which we’ve got touchscreens plastered on every last inch of earthly real estate -- for better or for worse -- Colebrook Bosson Saunders (CBS), a subsidiary of Herman Miller, has developed a self-powered monitor arm designed explicitly to meet the demands of tomorrow’s dynamic computing.
The amazing thing about Herman Miller is that it mostly manufactures office furniture -- in Zeeland, Michigan, no less -- yet people talk about it like it sells tickets to heaven. A lot of that can be credited to Herman Miller's crack self-promotion. The company is great at telling its own story. And thanks to an interactive website, it's gotten even better.
She has lived, learned, and worked all over the world, leading her to a career as a pioneer of Programmable Environments at global office space and furniture design pillar, Herman Miller. Here's how she has honed her skills and passion for shaping the modern work environment.
Those famous Herman Miller chairs are comfortable--and apparently working for the company is too. The average Herman Miller employee has 14 years of service. What makes people stick around? In this Q&A, CEO Brian Walker explains the company's unique approach to leadership, why openness breeds loyalty, and why good stewardship makes good business.