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A Matter of opinion? Not likely

Stephen Frey, an excellent Linkedin contact asked the following question:"Craig Knight offers interesting insight about the relevance of DIY office design on the team and individual level, and how it from his point of view, cultivates strong engagement and company culture. Craig, any independent industry studies supporting your findings, not just from IDR and IDL? How has this approach been delivered within organizations large and small, especially those with strong onsite operations, facility…See More
Dec 11, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

Office productivity, designers' feather beds and the benefits of a good looking model

A Lack of Insight. Most business reports are well meaning and highly publicized, but also of hideously low standard.  Typical of the genre in my opinion are the reports on office productivity highlighted in the Insight magazine and linked here:  Insight: Proof of link between office design and productivityThe font is designed for impact as is the headline.…See More
Aug 1, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

Performance, pleasure and plants

An American journalist asked a few questions about the workplace based on this article on performance in corporate offices (Green or lean offices?).> I see that in the 2014 study, participants who reaped the benefits of a green workplace had direct views of a minimum of 2 plants. Do more plants yield better…See More
Jul 12, 2015
Jillian Draiden is now a member of IDR Sustainable Workplace
May 26, 2015
Ian Hoy is now a member of IDR Sustainable Workplace
May 21, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

Plants, paint and productivity: The effects of greenery and colours at work

A US Journalist asked me questions on the effectiveness of plants and colour at work.  The answers may be of use.   Hello K,   Good to hear from you.  Let us take your questions one at a time.  You asked: “How and why do plants contribute to happiness and productivity at work?”  A: Plants are a vehicle for delivering happiness and productivity.  Although an excellent and inexpensive way to enrich a previously Spartan space, other means --- carpets, lights, art etc. -- are likely to do a similar…See More
Apr 28, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

A Template for a Genuinely Smart Office

A German sustainability expert wrote the following: The following citation got my attention:“Co-author Dr Craig Knight, of Psychology at the University of Exeter, said: “Psychologically manipulating real workplaces and real jobs adds new depth to our understanding of what is right and what is wrong with existing workspace design and management.  We are now developing a template for a genuinely smart office.” I was wondering on your progress and result on a “genuinely smart office” and would be…See More
Apr 7, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

Office management policies: Right on or ricin?

Some interesting questions from a Croatian banker led to the following letter concerning research into office management.  I hope this will be useful to you.  Happy Easter-------------------------------------Hello S, Knowledge worker, schmolledge workerYou asked “How do you help a knowledge worker to direct himself toward performance?” Increasingly Drucker’s term is being abused.  What is a Knowledge Worker these days; a banker, a plumber, an academic, a nurse?  Generally Knowledge Worker is a…See More
Apr 3, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

A Compelling Advocacy for Lean Workplaces

A Croatian banker wrote mooting several powerful arguments in favour of a lean workspace. The following may be useful to you if you are considering the development of your own business.----------------------------------------------------Hi S, You wrote: 1. Building discipline and attention to detailI'd like to emphasize that my interest is workplace organization in banking and that I think that rule following culture and aversion to risk should come in very handy in this particular industry.For…See More
Apr 1, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

How to Help the Brain See Cancer

Exeter Hub: How to help the brain see cancer Speaker: Dr William Simpson (University of Plymouth) Breast cancer is detected by radiologists who view mammograms (X-ray images of the breasts). No matter how sophisticated the imaging equipment used to create the mammograms, a limiting factor in cancer detection is the visual system of the radiologist. Therefore, if we can present mammogram images to the radiologist in a way tailored to the capabilities of the visual system, we can improve…See More
Mar 24, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

A Cost Saving Santa Claus

Ben Moreland made the following statement on LinkedIn regarding lean space in the light of the preceding blog post:"Great article Craig, interesting how this (i.e., lean workspace) has become such a focus when there lacks any evidence"There was insufficent room to fully address Ben's point on LinkedIn, so here goes:Indeed Ben, It is easy to understand the business logic when viewed in isolation.  If you take everything away from the working environment except the work itself then, logically,…See More
Mar 11, 2015
Helen Miller is now a member of IDR Sustainable Workplace
Mar 11, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

How Sexual Desire Works

Don't look at me.  I am with Peter Kay."You know that look a woman gives you when she really wants sex?""No. Neither do I"This is a British Psychological Society sponsored talk:How Sexual Desire Works? Dr Frederick Toates Wednesday 25 February 2015 St Olaves Hotel, Mary Arches Street, Exeter, EX4 3AZ (Their website is: <…See More
Feb 24, 2015
Craig Knight posted a blog post

Productivity, offices, psychology, plants, engagement and women under 50

Hello All, An American journalist has asked some very intelligent questions regarding our research into productive office space.  With a little luck the answers may be of use to you.  The edited response is shown below: Hello, Thank you for writing.  I hope the following answers are of help to you.  1.       Where you say that “Green workplaces make employees feel more valued by the companies they work for, so they in turn have improved concentration when focusing on their work.”, this comment…See More
Feb 23, 2015
Stephen M. Frey is now a member of IDR Sustainable Workplace
Feb 21, 2015
Steve Maslin updated their profile
Jan 2, 2015

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A Matter of opinion? Not likely

Stephen Frey, an excellent Linkedin contact asked the following question:

"Craig Knight offers interesting insight about the relevance of DIY office design on the team and individual level, and how it from his point of view, cultivates strong engagement and company culture. Craig, any independent industry studies supporting your findings, not just from IDR and IDL? How has this approach been delivered within…

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Posted by Craig Knight on December 11, 2015 at 17:00

Office productivity, designers' feather beds and the benefits of a good looking model

A Lack of Insight.

 

Most business reports are well meaning and highly publicized, but also of hideously low standard.  Typical of the genre in my opinion are the reports on office productivity highlighted in the Insight magazine and linked here:  Insight: Proof of link between office design and productivity

The font is…

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Posted by Craig Knight on August 1, 2015 at 12:30

Performance, pleasure and plants

An American journalist asked a few questions about the workplace based on this article on performance in corporate offices (Green or lean offices?).

> I see that in the 2014 study, participants who reaped the benefits of a green workplace had direct views of a minimum of 2 plants. Do more…

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Posted by Craig Knight on July 12, 2015 at 16:16

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The Glass Cliff

One of Prism’s best friends is Professor Michelle Ryan.  Her recent investigations began when a newspaper article pointed to a link between women’s appointments to leading positions in commerce and…Continue

Tags: managent, psychology, leadership, women, cliff

Started by Craig Knight Mar 3, 2010.

The Chinese wall blocking environmental improvement

We all face difficulties in reducing our carbon footprint. Our efforts, however, are hardly helped by unfortunate and entirely self-serving interests such as those displayed by China in apparently…Continue

Started by Craig Knight Jan 12, 2010.

 
 
 

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