Is the office dead? How can working from home work better? What’s the next normal? And how can workers thrive when it arrives? HAY turned to Herman Miller’s Global Research and Insights team, who gathered insights and information to answer these questions and more.

HAY’s solutions are developed and delivered in collaboration with leading creative consultants and professional distributors to help organisations navigate change and support people everywhere work happens.

Pallisade Table / Palissade Bench / PC Portable

Arbour Club Armchair / Quilton Ottoman / Nelson Ball Bubble Pendant

Spaces for socialisation, collaboration, and focus


The shift many organizations are making toward a hybrid workplace strategy requires rethinking their physical spaces. For the best workplace experience, the office should be designed to support Community Socialisation, Team Collaboration and Individual Focus.


Quilton Sofa / Quilton Ottoman / Quilton Cushion / Moire Kelim

Palissade Park Bench / Palissade Cone Table / Palissade Armchair / Apollo Portable

Rey Dining Table / Rey Chair / Botanical Family

Community Socialisation


By providing areas that encourage people to interact with their extended networks, the office can help re-establish these connections. These connections are critical for setting and maintaining culture and for helping people feel a sense of purpose and belonging at work.


Balcony Chair / Balcony Armchair / Balcony Table

A Place To / Palissade Bench / Palissade Table

Team Collaboration


To better accommodate longer-term team collaboration, spark new thinking and create more opportunities for spontaneous interaction, organisations need to flip the prevailing model of workplace design and shift emphasis from individual workstations to group spaces.


AAC 155 / New Order Table

Henning Larsen Architects / Silhouette Sofa High Back / Slit Table

AAT 20 / AAC 21 / PC Pendant

A Place To / CPH 25 / Revolt Chair / 30 Degrees Lamp / New Order Shelving

A Place To / Soft Edge 10 Chair / Cph 30 Table / Arcs Vase

Silhouette Sofa High Back / Tulou Coffee Table

A Place To / AAC 27 / Bernard / Eiffel Coffee Table

Individual Focus


For individuals who struggle to focus while working from home, a return to the physical office can provide a respite for concentration and focused work.


New Order Table / AAC 51

AAC 155

T12 Table / New Order Shelving System / Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant

The power of design


At HAY, we see the power of design as an instrument to help organisations provide more equitable, flexible work areas and experiences through inclusive design.


New Order Trolley

New Order Table / AAC 51

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Text: Herman Miller

Images: HAY