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Introverts exposed: why outgoing types thrive in open plan
New scientific research supports the idea that extroverts fare much better in exposed work environments than those who crave peace and quiet to get work done
How smart precincts will shape the dynamics of the changing city
Smart precincts that combine novel mixed-use placemaking with emerging digital technologies are becoming testbeds for urban innovation. A new discussion paper from developer Mirvac and WORKTECH Academy explores the potential
Sydney promotes the power of people to transform workplace
From consumption economics to communities beyond walls, WORKTECH Sydney 18 highlighted the importance of both the individual and the collective in driving workplace transformation
The Elemental Workplace argues for an end to complexity
A new book by London-based workplace change professional Neil Usher makes the case for simplicity over style in planning new people-centred offices
Adapting to survive: don’t waste money on tech people won’t use
In the final blog of a three-part series from Cordless Consultants on digital evolution – not revolution – Beverley Eggleton looks why people resist tech change and how to give employees what they really need
What Amazon’s workplace wish list tells us about the future of the city
As Amazon draws closer to a decision about a new location for its second headquarters in North America, its public declaration of demands has prompted questions about what the future city requires to attract forward-thinking enterprises
Abolition of want? How work has become precarious in post-war Britain
On the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge social welfare report, employee relations experts from the London School of Economics reflect on how the nature of work has evolved in post-war Britain
Sentient, hospitable and flat-age: the shift from open plan to open work
As a focus on human psychology and behaviour begins to dominate the workplace design discourse, a new report on the future office sets out the forces of change that will remodel workspace to allow people to work at their physical, mental and emotional best
Sydney sets out its stall to rethink the way the city works
On the eve of the WORKTECH Sydney 2018 conference, Linda Chandler, founder of Hyperlocal Cities, explains why Sydney could become the first Anywhere Working City
Taiwan tackles ageing workforce with show of innovations
As Asian economies wrestle with the need to keep ageing populations economically productive, a travelling exhibition is demonstrating how new design thinking can enhance the experience of working in later life
Why culture and personality are just stories that we make up
Personality profiling and corporate culture share one common trait: they are described and not fixed. Could our addiction to telling stories about ourselves be holding us back?
Peak-performance cultures: why design should support and not lead
The traditional view that workplace design shapes organisational culture will be turned on its head by a sharper focus on corporate culture that leads design, according to a new book
Digital evolution: does Big Data give us big answers or big problems?
In the second of a three-part series from Cordless Consultants on digital evolution – not revolution – Beverley Eggleton looks at the debate around Big Data. How much do we really need and where are the limits?