Monthly Archives: October 2012

Evaluating the workplace pre and post the occupancy


During the design stage of a physical workplace the vision, goals and objectives should be determined. Once established, these should be evaluated through many forms including a pre and post occupancy evaluation process. Pre and post occupancy evaluations are systematic and structured analyses of the effectiveness of physical workplaces, as measured by the opinions of the users via structured surveys, interviews and focus groups.

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Climate and Schiavello featured in Design Quarterly


The Spring 2012 issue of Design Quarterly (DQ) features a two page profile on Climate, with insight on the modern workplace from Schiavello’s Workplace Research Psychologist Keti Malkoski, who discusses the importance of understanding the workforce in order to create a workplace that matches now, and that will continue to be strategically relevant in the future.

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What makes an effective organisation?


During a CoreNet Global presentation this year, I explored ‘organisational effectiveness’ and the role of the physical workplace. Based on a management consulting model, organisational effectiveness is fostered by the following five dimensions: The impact of the physical workplace The physical workplace is a well established ‘value adding tool’ for organisational effectiveness. With regards to the five dimensions identified above, the physical workplace and the elements within it enhances effectiveness in the following ways:

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Three themes of modern workplace design


Mentoring, socialization, and technology were themes heard throughout the recent IFMA Workplace Summit discussions at Cornell University. These tangible topics aren’t just taking the place of yesterday’s buzzwords like productivity, innovation, and employee experience – they’re helping companies achieve a successful workplace strategy.

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Productive work: Engagement strategies that drive performance


Employee engagement is important at all levels of an organisation. Rewards, recognition and even a simple gesture can motivate staff and create a ‘thank you’ mentality . Some companies might find they need a process or a program in place to  facilitate and encourage people to say thank you.

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