Director Global Workplace Research, Haworth, Inc.
Dr. Michael O’Neill leads the global workplace research team for Haworth, Inc. Their goal is to better understand how planning, design, furniture and technology can improve peoples’ well-being, performance and business outcomes. Their broad approach to research offers practical insights that can be applied to create effective spaces and products.
Michael has extensive research and consulting experience in a wide range of industries. Before joining Haworth, he worked in product research and services for Herman Miller and then led Workplace Research for Knoll. Prior to that, Michael was a Professor of Interior Design and Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. Early on, he worked for BOSTI, a firm that pioneered workplace productivity measurement. Michael has authored numerous articles and two books on workplace research and strategy. He is a coauthor of the ANSI national ergonomic workstation standards and is a frequent speaker around the world. Michael earned a BA in Psychology as well as an M. Arch and Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin. He is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Other areas of interests include cars and planes. Michael is a Porsche Club of America national driving instructor and holds a competition racing license through Midwest Council of Sports Car Clubs as well as a Private Pilot license.