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Is Working from Home really the answer?

Thought home-based staff were unproductive? You’ll be shocked at number of workplace distractions Staff working from home are prone to distractions – the TV is in full view, the couch is comfy and the fridge is nearby. Despite what you may think, home workers…

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Increased Workstation Control Brings Higher Job Satisfaction, Less Stress

Most people that have worked in an office would probably agree with a recent study that was undertaken “to examine the relationship between workstation features … and the comfort and performance [of employees]”. They found: The greater control employees have over the adjustment of interior workstation…

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An Introduction To A Growing Trend: Activity Based Working

What is Activity Based Working? Activity based working (ABW) is based on the premise that no employee ‘owns’ or has an assigned workstation. Rather, the broader workspace provides employees with a variety of predetermined activity areas that allow them to conduct specific tasks including learning, focusing, collaborating…

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Building Trust: The First Step to a Successful Flexible Workplace

As many organisations look at redesigning their workplaces and shifting into flexible working approaches like activity-based working and teleworking, a structured change management program can have a big impact on how well employees and teams embrace such changes. Flexible workplaces are often positioned as…

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Lockers Will Be Required for the Future of Collaborative Workspaces

Recently a colleague asked me why suddenly office planners are adopting lockers in the workplace, something historically confined to schools or sports facilities. Again the issue here is about personal space under attack, all be it for all the right reasons this time. The way we…

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Large Companies and Their Move to Efficiently Use Space

Whenever I get into a discussion of the future of work- and more specifically ideas related to more efficient use of office space like hot desking, agile working, smart working, or the ‘new working’– there are usually two responses. Either people believe it to…

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Flexible Workplaces: Lessons Learned From Educational Environments

The educational environments that we develop and learn within shape our expectations of the work environments where we later work. The two environments are progressively becoming similar, as both fundamentally continue to support activities related to learning, focusing, collaborating and socializing. Traditionally, the dominant…

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The Changing Workplace: From Me to We

Traditionally, work and the workspace were focused on the individual, with every employee in the company having an allocated workpoint, which became a symbol of their status and identity. Although sometimes used politically, the allocated workpoint ultimately served a positive purpose, allowing individual employees to express who…