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Extroverts fare better than introverts in open planIntroverts 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

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The future of the smart precinctHow 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

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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

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The Elemental WorkplaceThe 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

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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

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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

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The evolution of work in BritainAbolition 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

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The sentient workplace is a hyper performance work spaceSentient, 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

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people working in citySydney 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

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Design can help the ageing populationTaiwan 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

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Defining rigid types can constrain cultureWhy 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?

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Design supports peak-performance culturePeak-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

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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?

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