Our Workplace Research

With over two decades of experience in leading organizations through change initiatives involving the physical workplace, Stegmeier Consulting Group has conducted extensive research on the factors contributing to successful change adoption.

Having examined the inner workings of many diverse companies, our workplace research has yielded valuable findings that can be used and applied throughout the corporate world, regardless of industry.

Our exploration has brought about key results that we have documented with the ultimate goal of providing best practices for workplace change management. Ranging from research papers, books, and white papers, we are pleased to share with clients our workplace research, sharing insights on workplace change and its behavioral impact on the workforce.

15 Critical Influences™

15 Critical InfluencesOur ongoing research on resistance to workplace change has spanned more than 24 years, examining over 236 different organizations in 31 diverse industries. Initial goals for the research were established to discover recurring themes in resistance to workplace change and to identify factors having universal impact on behaviors in the work environment, no matter the organization’s size or industry.

The research study led to our discovery of 15 such factors which have come to be known as the Critical Influences™; 15 interdependent tangible and intangible factors impacting behavior in the workplace, success of the workplace strategy, and ultimately, on the achievement of organizational results.

Critical Influence™ Book

Critical Influence BookOur findings on the 15 Critical Influences™ were captured in Innovations in Office Design: The Critical Influence Approach to Effective Work Environments written by Diane Stegmeier, CEO and founder of SCG.

This publication offers a detailed exploration of the concepts of the Critical Influences™ backed up by real world examples and case studies. It gets into the organizational theory behind successful change initiatives and is highly lauded by industry experts as the go-to resource on leadership in driving change.

As an acclaimed book, it has been adopted as a text by educational institutions on six continents and rated #1 Workplace Strategy book by Amazon readers.

As students of workplace change, we continue to gather lessons-learned from each unique client engagement. Periodically, Stegmeier Consulting Group conducts unique research initiatives, studying different factors related to how changes in an organization’s work environment affect employee productivity, engagement, and morale.

Open Office Floor Plan Research Study: State of the Open Office

state of the open plan office research studyWith the pervasiveness of open offices and activity based working, SCG has published its latest workplace endeavor, our State of the Open Office Research Study. To better capture the specific “whys” of resistance, as well gather data on typical current and future planned work environments, SCG briefly interviewed nearly 500 workplace professionals to understand their biggest personal concern for working in a more open office, as well as the current and likely future workplace standards. The results allow those in the workplace sector to inject some real data into the often one-sided discussion of open offices.

White Papers

Our knowledge and insights on various topics surrounding workplace change are routinely sought out by partners in the industry who commission our team to produce white papers on important subjects.

Communicating Workplace Change 

– Developed for furniture manufacturer Knoll, this white paper focuses on the who, why, what, when, and how of change communication.

Selling Upward – Securing Leadership Buy-In for Workplace Change

– Also developed for Knoll and talks about how even the best laid plans for a workplace initiative can be derailed if the top decision makers aren’t on board.

The Business Case for Web Commuting 

– Developed for Citrix Online, this white paper explores how companies can reduce workplace costs and increase workforce performance through establishing work from home programs.

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