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...
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workplace, strategy, empathy, communication, design, end-user, workplace audit, change management, activity-based working
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.
leadership, workplace, strategic, revenue, interior design, planning, architecture, culture, project, team, procurement, tendering
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.
collaboration, workplace, interior design, technology
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.
workplace design, interior design, workplace, immersive environments, simulation, technology
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.
workspaces, interior design, wayfinding
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.