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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 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 8 - Facilitate Process Reliability and Efficiency

Posted by Graham Kirkwood on 20 February 2014 | 0 Comments

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The focus of our blog is how the physical workplace can help to make people work more effectively and productively as individuals.  But work is more commonly about a chain of processes carried out by a number of individuals. Improving individual productivity delivers only a small benefit compared to improving the process chain. For example, when an individual completes their work and passes it on to the next person, this is where the mistakes happen, and time is wasted. This transition is called ‘Hand-off’ and the time lost during each hand-off can exceed the time it takes to complete a task by a factor of 10. According to thought leader in process engineering and founder of Business Excellence Consulting, Mark Rehn states that by reducing the number of hand-offs or improving the hand-off process, an organisation can reduce operating cost by up to 30% while increasing the quality and consistency of the outcomes.

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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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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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