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Morrisville Company Strives To Create Workplace of the Future

Posted March 21, 2000

— The way we work is quickly changing. Workers are demanding more of their workspace. One Triangle company is leading the way to create the workplace of the future.

Storr Office Environments'Worklife Center can be considered the showroom of the future. Employees work in the newest workplace designs, emphasizing teamwork.

"About 80 percent of your work used to be by yourself. Now, about 80 percent is with teams," says Harry Chalker, vice president of sales. "The problem is that the space is still 80 percent individual, 20 percent teams."

That is not the case at the Worklife Center. The Town Square offers a cafe, mailboxes and entertainment. The conference room doubles as a big screen TV theater for ball games. Employees can also write on desks topped with dry erase boards.

"A lot of the things have plug and play capability, which is important because people work with technology everywhere, not just at their desk," Chalker says.

Wood, metal and color combine to inspire employees.

"Keeping employees is a hard job in itself, so what would attract them to a facility to stay," asks designer Brenda McNeal. "These are some main things that we do look at."

The company president works right alongside his employees and prefers a standing desk, as does employee Al Brown.

"I've got a back problem, so what I need is a work surface that I can easily adjust from a standing height to a seated position or back up at the touch of a button," Brown says.

Triangle startups and high-tech companies seem most interested in the new office setups as a way of attracting and keeping employees.


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