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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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Added by Craig Knight on December 11, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

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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Added by Craig Knight on August 1, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

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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Added by Craig Knight on July 12, 2015 at 16:16 — No Comments

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.

 

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Added by Craig Knight on April 7, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

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

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Hello S,

 

Knowledge worker, schmolledge worker

You 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…

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Added by Craig Knight on April 3, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

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.

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Hi S,

 

You wrote:…

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Added by Craig Knight on April 1, 2015 at 12:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Craig Knight on March 24, 2015 at 20:03 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Craig Knight on March 11, 2015 at 17:00 — No Comments

A Lean Office, Staff Engagement and a Very Large Warning

There follows an email from a very bright Masters student looking to investigate the concept of the Lean office.  It -- and the response that follows -- may be of interest to those who employ, or are thinking of employing lean methodology at their place of work.

 

Dear Craig,



Since we met I have done some literature reviews looking at flexible working and work-life boundaries for those working in a lean office environment. I have been surprised at how…

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Added by Craig Knight on March 10, 2015 at 22:30 — No Comments

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:

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Added by Craig Knight on February 24, 2015 at 18:30 — No Comments

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…

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Added by Craig Knight on February 23, 2015 at 15:00 — No Comments

Plant panacea

Sometimes I suspect that people ask me to comment on articles just to watch the springs tighten across my shoulders and the twitch flicker along my top lip. So when Steve Maslin asked for my opinion on “are nature-starved offices affecting employee well-being?” he may already have been wearing his tin hat while writing from behind the…

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Added by Craig Knight on December 30, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

The open plan office. A playground for ineffective management?

The open plan office: A playground for ineffective management?

 

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Questions from The Facilities Management Press

 

A very bright FM journalist asked the following questions about open plan space.  The answers may be of use;

 

Question One

Research shows privacy in open-plan offices is a problem. With…

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Added by Craig Knight on November 25, 2014 at 0:00 — No Comments

Chipmunks, respect and office space

The following article was posted on Linked in:

Rules for an engaging workspace

It was presented as a "great article" by a top quality workplace strategist.  It is certainly well written, undoubtedly argues its case well and adopts a…

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Added by Craig Knight on November 9, 2014 at 20:00 — No Comments

Questions from a Facilities Director regarding office effectiveness

A Facilities Director read our latest peer reviewed paper on office space and asked a series of really good questions.

The letter is reproduced at the foot of this blog (with the Director's name changed for privacy reasons).  Answers to the questions follow immediately:

Hello Jenny,

 

How lovely to hear from you.  Thank you for taking the time to write.  You ask excellent questions.  Let me try to answer them as succinctly as I…

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Added by Craig Knight on October 12, 2014 at 21:20 — No Comments

Questions from a Facilities Director regarding office effectiveness

A Facilities Director red our latest peer reviewed paper on office space and asked a series of really good questions.

The letter is reproduced at the foot of this blog (with the Director's name changed for privacy reasons).  Answers to it follow immediately:

Hello Jenny,

 

How lovely to hear from you.  Thank you for taking the time to write.  You ask excellent questions.  Let me try to answer them as succinctly as I can.

 

1.…

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Added by Craig Knight on October 12, 2014 at 21:15 — No Comments

Penis extensions and office design

Ah I have been venting steam again.  I was asked the following question by Stephen, a colleague from the University of Exeter about award winning designs featured by the British Council of Offices:

 

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Added by Craig Knight on October 8, 2014 at 17:00 — No Comments

The Relative Benefits of Green Versus Lean Office Space: Three Field Experiments

We are rather pleased to be published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied.  A copy is attached, I hope you enjoy it.  A green or a lean office?…

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Added by Craig Knight on September 2, 2014 at 18:30 — No Comments

Benighted managers and the happy blissful worker...er

The following written in answer to an article complaining that senior managers have it tough (and I remember getting out of the 'ole in the road at 4 in the morning...)

The trends are definite., It is much tougher at the bottom of a business (generally speaking of course). Stress, cardiac conditions etc are far more prevalent in lower paid office jobs than in the Boardroom. Where would most of us want to be, in the Call Centre or working hard from…

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Added by Craig Knight on August 22, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

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