WDM Newsletter May/June 2016

May 20, 2016

This article was originally emailed as our monthly Workplace Design & Management newsletter at 11:00 on 19/05/2016. You can view older newsletters here and register to receive them monthly.

CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK

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The scale and range of CDW displays and activities expands annually. This year, for the first time, I shall be attending for all three days (contact me if you want to meet up!). With so much to do and see, it is important to use time wisely so I am already planning how to make the most of the event. If you are attending, especially for the first time or only for one day, I hope you may find my action plan useful:

  • Visit the web site and research thoroughly before setting off.
  • Decide which showrooms/displays are ‘must see’ and work out a viable route between them.
  • Aim to attend timed events that are clustered geographically to avoid wasting time criss-crossing the area. Start with the ones that only occur once and then try to fit repeated sessions around them.
  • Remember that it can take 20 minutes to walk from one side of Clerkenwell to the other – and that assumes you don’t bump into someone you know on the way!

OKAMURA

okamura contessaDespite being one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world (2015 turnover > £1.2bn), Okamura products are a comparatively well-kept secret in the UK. With models to compete head-on with iconic office chairs in terms of style, quality and ergonomics, we are delighted to include them in our portfolio. From the Zephyr Light to their provenContessa flagship product (illustrated), Okamura chairs incorporate unique styling and functional elements such as the fully height-adjustable armrests with built-in seat height and recline-lock buttons. For quality, elegance and functionality, Okamura is a brand you may never have considered. Now is the time to put that right! Contact us for more information.

THE FACILITIES SHOW

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In the limited space available, we have decided to focus on sit-stand designs at this year’s event. As always, we shall be showing a mix of proven and brand-new products. With nearly 20 years’ experience of sit-stand furniture, our three approaches will include desk, adaptor and touchdown table variants, as well as perching stools. All are instantly adjustable and supported by our full installation, setup and training service. Come to Stand M1305 (by Entrance 2) to learn how not to waste your money on sit-stand desks!

WHEN AGILE WORKING ISN’T WORKING

agile_not_workingAgile Working is a ‘hot topic’ at the moment and we hear many stories about how brilliantly employers have implemented an Agile Working Programme (AWP). Such accounts demonstrate how that success has positively impacted productivity, personnel satisfaction, wellbeing and engagement. We hear rather fewer stories about what happens when it fails but I fear that proper investigation would show that the failures outnumber the successes. [more].


Ergonomics eBulletin May 2016

May 12, 2016

This article was originally emailed as our monthly eBulletin at 11:30 on 11/05/2016. You can view older eBulletins here and register to receive them monthly.

WHEN AGILE WORKING ISN’T WORKING

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Agile Working is a ‘hot topic’ at the moment and we hear many stories about how brilliantly employers have implemented an Agile Working Programme (AWP). Such accounts demonstrate how that success has positively impacted productivity, personnel satisfaction, wellbeing and engagement. We hear rather fewer stories about what happens when it fails but I fear that proper investigation would show that the failures outnumber the successes. [more]

OFFICE EMPLOYEES ARE LIKE PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES!

office_athletesOur friends at Bakker Elkhuizen have just published a white paper which explores the lessons that employers can learn from elite athletes. Drawing on fifteen research papers produced in the last 16 years, it draws parallels between the two environments and includes a practical guide to addressing the issues raised. For those with a short attention span, there is even a one page infographic synopsis! You can download all three documents here.

EBULLETIN READER FEEDBACK

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As you may recall, we have been running a survey of what readers think of this eBulletin. We want to ensure we maintain our relevance so that we stand out from the deluge of email dross that everyone receives. We have already had some useful feedback, particularly about content, and we shall be closing the survey at the end of May. If you have not already done so, this is your last chance to participate here. All participants will be entered in a draw to win a £200 Red Letter Day voucher.

CARTOON VIDEO SERIES

dont_waste_videoWe have just launched the first in a series of brief cartoon videos. Short, sharp and to the point, each will provide a succinct overview of a key topic in about a minute. The first covers one of our most quoted (and misunderstood!) topics: Don’t Waste Your Money on Sit-Stand Furniture. More will follow soon.

VIMEO ACCOUNT

vimeoAs you probably know, we already have a substantial portfolio of product videos on our catalogue site. Historically, these have been hosted by YouTube but we recognise that most of our customers want to get straight to the product content without being delayed by advertisements. To address this, product videos are now being hosted by Vimeo. This does not affect how you use our site but should enhance your video experience.


When Agile Working isn’t Working

May 10, 2016

Agile Working is a ‘hot topic’ at the moment and we hear many stories about how brilliantly employers have implemented an Agile Working Programme (AWP). Such accounts demonstrate how that success has positively impacted productivity, personnel satisfaction, wellbeing and engagement. We hear rather fewer stories about what happens when it fails but I fear that proper investigation would show that the failures outnumber the successes.

I am an enthusiastic advocate of a good AWP but it seems that many organisations fail to grasp the scale and planning required for a successful implementation. Indeed, it is probably fair to say that many of the so-called AWPs that have been described to me barely justify the title. There is much more to do than simply take away some desks and give everyone a laptop or clear some office space and fill it with an apparently random selection of brightly coloured soft seating or install sit-stand desks and assume everyone will know how to use them.

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I think that the problem lies in confusion about who ‘owns’ the process. Often it may be driven by Estates or Facilities but the managers involved need to take a broader view than their usual professional perspective. A collaborative, multi-disciplinary programme group is essential and a key member (probably the key member) is the Change Management expert. These specialists understand how to manage the staff consultation process, accommodate the psycho-social factors and implement appropriate training and support. Any successful programme is almost certain to require external assistance or, if the project is big enough, the creation of new roles within the business specifically to deliver the programme.

I would love to hear about your own experiences. Have you been part of one of the successes? Or part of something that failed or never really ‘got going’?

 


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