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The Human Side Week 15: Australia's 'Healthy Building Movement' to improve office design

Posted by Annette Davis on 31 March 2017 | 0 Comments

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Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) new partnership with the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™), announced last year at the Green Cities 2016 conference in Sydney, highlights the recent healthy building movement in Australia.

At the moment, workplaces that integrate ‘health’ into their design aren't easy to find. It is hoped that the introduction of the International WELL Building Institute will improve workplace design for Australians.

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The Human Side Week 13: Is Digital replacing the Physical Workplace?

Posted by Annette Davis on 18 January 2017 | 0 Comments

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The workplace today embodies both a physical and digital environment. Advancements in technology, and the consequent digitalisation of information, has impacted all industries.  An increasing number of businesses which were previously based around a physical workplace have transitioned to a digital interface, such as online clothes store ‘ASOS’ or taxi service app ‘Uber’.

The traditional workplace is indeed evolving in line with technology, which poses the question ‘Is digital replacing the physical workplace?

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The Human Side Week 12: Working as Small Self-Organising Teams

Posted by Graham Kirkwood on 7 June 2016 | 0 Comments

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What is the ideal work group size to achieve maximum work performance?  How can thesse groups be best arranged in a workspace?  Doctrine within military and emergency combat agencies is to limit the span of control to 5-7 people.  A group of 6 is frequently acknowledged as an ideal environment to generate creative ideas and solutions to problems; think of a Jazz Sextet, the Scout Patrol or the military Navy Seals 'Six'.    Within many team sports the number of team members range from 5-7.    There is research to support that the same principles apply to work teams within office environments.

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The Human Side Week 10: Work patterns for 'Agile' management and 'Action' learning

Posted by Graham Kirkwood on 11 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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'Agile' managment methodologies are becoming more common within businesses that are working in highly volatile business environments.   Within Emergency Operations Centres (EOC's) where quality of decision making under extremely stressful conditions predominates, or within the IT sector where speed to market and innovation are driving forces, 'Agile' managment is already part of the everyday language.  Words such as daily 'Scrum', 'Sprint' and 'Kanban' frame a new paradigm of working and the physical envionment that supports it.  The same methodology is well established within the education sector, termed 'Action Learning'.

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The Human Side Week 11: Building Intimate Customer Relations

Posted by Graham Kirkwood on 11 May 2015 | 0 Comments

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One organisation we recently worked with had a very unique strategy: To build intimate customer relations by developing more cohesion, participation and co-operation among the people doing things.   As a result, they used their workplace design as a catalyst for change in two key respects: firstly they inverted the structure putting people closest to the customer at the top. Secondly, customer/member information was treated as the most valuable and treasured resource available that bound the various activities throughout the organisation.  The workplace design makes these aspirations explicit through five design innovations.

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The Human Side Week 9: ‘Flow’ and the Immersive Experience.

Posted by Graham Kirkwood on 9 April 2015 | 0 Comments

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A recent post occupancy survey carried out by Resource asked office workers to comment on what design feature most impacted on their productivity. One feature commonly mentioned was having dual computer monitors at their workpoint.  One respondent was so enthusiastic at having two monitors that they said that everything else in the workplace is icing on the cake.

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The Human Side: Week 6 - Encourage Physical Activity in Ergonomics for Health and Productivity

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 30 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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Technology has made us the most sedentary humans in history and new devices as well as work settings are putting us in postures that compromise our health.  One of the most important factors that will provide a high return on the investment in your workplace and people is promoting employee physical health and well-being because of it's direct effect on work performance. The solution is simple to help manage the negative health effects and doesn’t come with the price tag of the latest, most advanced “ergonomic” product.

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The Human Side: Week 4 - Connect Isolated Groups

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 29 August 2013 | 0 Comments

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The workplace is no longer where we may get our best work done, or where we may be the most productive. So what is the workplace for? “People need people, people need technology, and people need spaces that bring those two together in effective ways.” With mobility increasing, the requirements of the physical workplace are evolving. Emphasis should be placed on keeping mobile workers connected to the workplace, while improving human connections between employees who already work within the office.

Improving human connectivity in the workplace starts with an understanding of the organisation’s groups and how they operate. With mobile technology, the idea that efficiency lies within placing adjacencies according to work production/process may no longer be necessary. Designing to support human interaction in the workplace however, is still relevant whether it is through connecting in person, or through provided technology, i.e. teleconferencing, etc. So with the physical workplace being a catalyst for providing these connections, how can we design to improve them?

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The Human Side: Week 5 - Fulling the Brand Promise

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 29 August 2013 | 0 Comments

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When a client reaches for the door of a reception, they may have a preconception of the company. The reception and all the proceeding touch points a client (or any visitor) experiences in their journey through the space is an opportunity to set their preconception straight. One of the most effective touch points to reinforce the brand is through human interface. Having protocols in place of how employees treat customers in these face-to-face interactions is an operative way to convey your brand and should not be over-looked. However, the design of the physical space should support employees in easily acting out these behaviors and fulfilling the brand promise. The design can also provide other effective touch points to help form the overall experience.

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The Human Side: Week 3 - Increase Motivation for Learning and Innovation

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

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Information is freely accessible in the workplace today, but the ability to share knowledge, reflect and learn from the experience of peers is far more important in order to motivate, innovate and be more productive.  Such behaviour patterns are enhanced by the way we bring together workspace, technology and people.

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