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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?

Week 4:

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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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