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How to foster a sense of belonging within a mobile workforce

 ‘A sense of belonging’ is the feeling of being included, accepted and connected to a community. By promoting this positive ‘feeling,’ companies can improve effectiveness: Employees that feel that they belong are more satisfied and motivated to perform better. For any company looking to promote a united and engaged workplace culture, finding ways to foster feelings of belongingness within their employees and teams is fundamental.

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Clean desk, cluttered debate

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.

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Climate makes for an effective workplace at Deloitte

Workspaces vary greatly between organisations, but what impact does the broader and individual workspace have on employee effectiveness and the outcomes of the business? To explore these questions and the impact of the Climate workplace program Schiavello Workplace Research Psychologist, Keti Malkoski and international Environmental Psychologist, Dr Jacqueline Vischer conducted a pilot installation at Deloitte Digital in Melbourne, which examined factors including privacy and collaboration, communication, personalisation, and empowerment and value within the workplace.

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Enrich office space and see productivity rise

Employees who have control over the design and organisation of their personal workspace are happier, ealthier and up to 32%* more productive. This is according to chartered psychologist Dr Craig Knight from the University of Exeter in the UK whose research challenges accepted methods of office and care home management.

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