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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 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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The Human Side: Week 2 - Express Group Meaning and Purpose

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 2 August 2013 | 0 Comments

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To continue our Human Side series, in effort to provide tips on how to humanise the workplace to achieve better business results, this week looks at ways to "Express Group Meaning and Purpose" in the workplace. This objective is based on the importance of expressing the organisation's vision clearly to both the customer and employee. This awareness fosters a sense of connectedness and a sense of community, both critical for the organisational culture and the brand.

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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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