22 July 2013

The Human Side: Humanising the Workplace to Achieve Better Business Results

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...

04 April 2013

Seven Steps to Progress Workplace Change through Design Empathy

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.

06 March 2013

Space Use Benchmarking: How does your workplace space ratio stack up?

Are you determining floor space needs for a major tenant, or your own organisation? Are you interested in how your space requirements schedule matches up to similar organisations

If you are curious about how to best fitout your workplace and need insight on how to measure your space ratios read on!

20 February 2013

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:

06 February 2013

Leading the Value-Driven Culture

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.

05 February 2013

Workplace Leadership Briefing: Maximising Your Organisation's Potential

Resource Architecture recently hosted their quarterly Workplace Leadership Briefing with the Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC). The leadership briefing focused on:

  • Maximising People Potential through Workplace Simulation and Training, Marc Lyons of the BLSC
  • Maximising Workplace Potential through Workplace Design, Graham Kirkwood of Resource Architecture
  • Maximising  Business Potential  through Workplace Innovation, Margaret Manson of Innofuture