Don't miss new In a nutshell videos... subscribe by clicking here: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c... Find out more about this video... Working with colleagues, I have been investigating the impact of office design and management, since two thousand and three. We understand good and bad practices, and using impartial published science, have learned how to increase office well-being by up to fifty percent, and productivity by up to thirty two percent.
Think for a moment. Does your employer have a clean desk policy, or dress down friday, or feature agile, flexible working? Are there company-centric banners dotted around the place? Do you have state of the art monitoring? If so the science suggests, that, that business may be advised to save itself trouble, and instead shred the company cheques, and use them as rat food. These 'new ways of working', are often underpinned by dystopian skill sets, with a range of commercially toxic side effects. Research is also pretty conclusive in suggesting, that enriching a space through design is a good thing ?it makes people feel better -- but it is far from the best thing. Data point to even the most elaborate workspaces being easily improved upon, regardless of pool tables, sand pits or slides. The psychological, rather than the didactic application of design, can save considerable amounts of money, whilst maximizing satisfaction, productivity, and even ? the research is starting to suggest ?workplace intelligence and creativity.
The secret of a productive, happy office, lies primarily in devolving decisions to the teams of people at work. If you do not work in a given space, then the final design decisions affecting that space are not yours, regardless of your position. They belong to the people whose space it is. Feeling at home, is just as a vital a component of success at work, as it is at, well, at home. There is a direct link between comfortable autonomous people, and high productivity. Implementing these changes is not difficult, and yields rapid results, but it does take managerial guts, scientific insight, and the psychological application of consensual design.