How do open offices affect social structuring at work?

The UK has more than twice as many open plan workers than the global average. Almost half of UK workers (49%) are based in open plan offices compared to 23% globally. In research on territoriality, open plan offices are referred to as “non-territorial offices”. This implies that there is no territorial behaviour in open plan […]

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Uniformity and individuality in the workplace

Image courtesy of http://discoveryisms.wikispaces.com. In my last blog post here and an article I wrote shortly after for iCroner, “Journey of Leadership in the Workplace”, I articulated my thoughts and theories on how leadership has changed in the workplace. Lately I have been reading and reflecting on this, and also on the wider picture of […]

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Participatory culture: the power of collaboration

From a world in which few produce media and many consume, the last decade has seen a fast-paced move towards one in which each participant has a more active stake in the culture that is produced. The role digital technologies play in our daily life is changing how the world works, affecting our relationships, educational […]

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What I learned from being a strategic consultant

Photo by Robert Frank When I graduated in 2010, I didn’t have a clue about my future except for one thing: Don’t spend the next four years drawing bathroom details. I landed a job with AECOM’s Strategy Plus practice (then DEGW) shortly after graduating, and a whole new world of workplace research, change management and executive summaries […]

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How is technology affecting your work/life balance?

Technology is impacting us all, whether we choose to embrace it or not! It’s something I’ve thought about (and written about) a lot, and a recent debate we arranged within the Strategy Plus team threw up some interesting questions about how technology is impacting work/life balance and how it will go on to do so […]

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Flow: doing what you love, loving what you do

I recently went ice skating and happened to watch some children taking classes (above image courtesy of purealpine.com). Before the training, they all stood at the edge of the rink, struggling with their feet, waiting desperately until finally, the sheet of ice had been prepared. Then, all at once, about 30 children stormed onto the […]

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The upward spiral: letting positivity boost productivity

I have good and bad news. The bad news is: we can learn to be unhappy. The good news: we can also learn to be happy! When psychologist Martin Seligman introduced the term “learned helplessness”, he proved the principle: if you experience that you cannot change what happens to yourself, you are paralyzed, leading to […]

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No more work face?

Image courtesy of green apfel  I recently wrote a soon-to-be-published article for iCroner that outlined the “Journey of Leadership in the Workplace”, defining the skills a leader would need in 10 years to lead and manage in a more consumer-type workplace, as defined by the AECOM workplace research. I argued that leaders would need to […]

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Sit less, exercise more

Photo: Google’s Amsterdam office, courtesy of Google. How much do most of us move at work? In some offices, you can get the impression of being surrounded by zombies! The average adult can sit for up to 11.5 hours a day, with most of this time in the office – back bent, perhaps chair not […]

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Keeping it real at work

Image courtesy of: http://mergefestival.co.uk/merge-2013/2013/9/19/bankside-transformed What is the one thing you’d like to do before you die? Candy Chang – artist, designer and urban planner – lost an important person in her life, and her grief led her to ask this question of the public as part of an installation on an abandoned house in her […]

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