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The Human Side: Humanising the Workplace to Achieve Better Business Results

Posted by and illustrated by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 22 July 2013 | 0 Comments

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With the influx of new technologies and alternative workplace solutions today, it is easy to adopt these as so called quick fixes, with little regard to the impact on human performance and wellbeing. However, there are timeless, reoccurring patterns in human behaviour to be considered when adopting new technologies or workplace solutions.  What is a ‘pattern’? A pattern describes human physiological and psychological factors that repeat over and over again which impact on performance and wellbeing. The best workplace solution addresses these patterns as much as the functional, technological and business aspects of the problem, in effort to keep employees happy and productive in the workplace.

This might seem obvious however there are few examples of how the workplace can leverage these patterns and fewer still that measure the results.

We have distilled a number of patterns into a list of workplace objectives which we have developed over the past thirty years based on observation, research, survey and experience. This series of blogs share our 10 top workplace objectives and provide tips on how to help make your workplace more productive and business more successful...

Week 1:

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Seven Steps to Progress Workplace Change through Design Empathy

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 4 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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Workplace change will progress more effectively when people are involved in the process.

Planning, briefing and design of a new workplace is the best, clearest and least threatening way to do this. The physical workplace is generally the only real manifestation of workplace change impacting the enitre organisation, so why not take the steps to make the process as effective as possible?

We call it Design Empathy. Read on for seven steps to take to help include people in the process.

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Space Use Benchmarking: How does your workplace space ratio stack up?

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 6 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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Are you determining  floor space needs for a major tenant, or your own organisation? Are you interested in how your space requirements schedule matches up to similar organisations?


If you are curious about how to best fitout your workplace and need insight on how to measure your space ratios read on! 

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Launching an Alternative Workplace Initiative

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 20 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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 10 Tips Before you launch an Alternative Workplace Initiative…  

 The physical environment is only one piece of the puzzle in designing a successful workplace. With a noticeable shift in organisations considering more flexible workplace strategies, it is important to consider how these strategies will align with how the organisation functions and its business operations. Planning a successful workplace is a collective effort across various departments and many factors must be considered in the development and implementation of the plan.

Make sure your team understands the following vital concepts before moving forward:

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Leading the Value-Driven Culture

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 6 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Graham Kirkwood recently presented at our quarterly Workplace Leadership Briefing at the Building Leadership Simulation Centre. A particular focus of the presentation, Maximising Workplace Potential, was on the value of developing a unique culture for each project team to collectively strive to deliver the best possible project outcome based on the project's key objectives.

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Workplace Leadership Briefing: Maximising Your Organisation's Potential

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 4 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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Resource Architecture recently hosted their quarterly Workplace Leadership Briefing with the Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC). The leadership briefing focused on:

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Bring People Along the Activity-Based Workplace Journey

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 16 January 2013 | 0 Comments

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In the social and mobile workforce of today, workplaces which are more open, interactive, and flexible are barely considered ‘cutting edge’. The rapid advance of technology, and the evolution of management style has been a strong influence on workplace design shifting towards Activity-Based Working (ABW). But what does this mean for people who actually do the work?

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5 Workplace Design Patterns to Foster Innovation in the Workplace:

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 13 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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5 Workplace Design Patterns to Foster Innovation in the Workplace:

With new technology that enables us to work anywhere, and collaboration within the office becoming a primary activity, we are witness to a range of new design patterns in the workplace. The danger is an over emphasis on the ‘we’ space, at the expense of the ‘me’ space. Interactive and collaborative spaces must be balanced with spaces for reflection and concentration. Resource Architecture shares 5 ideas to foster innovation within your workplace.

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Leadership + Simulation

Posted by Cassie on 19 September 2012 | 0 Comments

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The first of its kind built in the Southern Hemisphere, the Building Leadership Simulation Centre offers state-of-the-art simulation training for the building and construction industry. The centre is set to transform the way construction industry training takes place not only locally, but on the national and international scene.

As you'll see, it's all about simulation and immersion. And, we are very pleased with our association with Master Builder's association in delivering this exciting new facility.

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Explicit Function/Implicit Design

Posted by Cassie on 23 August 2012 | 0 Comments

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We care a lot about designing workplaces to make functionality explicit.

This project for Department of Sustainability & Environment required us to really push functionality to the limits by incorporating as much of the organisational processes as possible into the design.

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