Developing a ‘comfortable’ workplace is one of the main objectives of workplace design. But what do we mean by comfort? Comfort is defined differently by diverse individuals, teams and organisations that are constantly changing. Contributing to the comfort of a workplace – at a psychosocial level – is the notion of ‘fun’.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Imagine a 9 to 5 job where you don’t have to sit at a desk all day. Google employees are paid to play beach volleyball, go bowling or scale a climbing wall; activities that take place at the search engine’s main campus in California. At LinkedIn, employees can play foosball or ping-pong when they tire of answering emails. At Zynga, arcade games grace the hallways.
Tidy desk, tidy mind, or so the saying goes – but does forcing workers to clear everything away at the end of the day really make them more productive? While the clean sweep is flavour of the month at some large firms, it may have the reverse effect on creative types. Many won’t work as well if forced to do their thing in sterile or excessively tidy settings, warns organisational psychologist Julie West, principal of Workplace Research Associates.
Charter Magazine highlights Deloitte’s pilot installation of the Climate workplace program in their exploration of the workplace of the future. With a focus on much higher levels of flexibility through office malleability and adaptable furniture, Climate allowed workers to work collaboratively and in isolation easily by using soft boundaries and markers to adapt their office environment to the work on which they were focused.
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Leading workplace design blog Office Snapshots highlights the selection of Climate for Hospira’s new office design, as part of a relocation project led by workplace design consultancy Artillery. As the article notes, “Schiavello’s Climate workstations were selected for the office as they fit well with ‘Hospira’s requirements for fostering collaboration and encouraging interaction between staff’”.
Tags: Climate Project
DQ speaks with Peter Schiavello about the concept and creation of the all new workplace concept, Climate, alongside Peter Geyer. The piece discusses the ongoing collaboration with international designers who have brought their own design elements and creative disciplines to the platform.
Indesign profiles Peter Schiavello in their Luminary series, highlighting Climate as a new generation of workstation which has evolved from collaboration with a range of designers.
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