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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: 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...

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Bring People Along the Activity-Based Workplace Journey

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

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In the social and mobile workforce of today, workplaces which are more open, interactive, and flexible are barely considered ‘cutting edge’. The rapid advance of technology, and the evolution of management style has been a strong influence on workplace design shifting towards Activity-Based Working (ABW). But what does this mean for people who actually do the work?

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5 Workplace Design Patterns to Foster Innovation in the Workplace:

Posted by Mary Beth Caccitolo on 13 November 2012 | 0 Comments

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5 Workplace Design Patterns to Foster Innovation in the Workplace:

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.

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Leadership + Simulation

Posted by Cassie on 19 September 2012 | 0 Comments

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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.

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