Aug 20, 2019
The modern office, based largely on a 'factory' model, is constantly being re-organised in a bid to optimise output. But how far have cubicles, hot desks and pods been effective? What principles should guide these design choices?
On this week's GoodPractice Podcast, Ross G, Ross D and Owen are joined by author and workplace designer Neil Usher.
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Neil's book, The Elemental Workplace, is available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elemental-Workplace-fantastic-workplace-everyone/dp/1911498649
He blogs at workessence.com
The study Ross G discussed, on the effect that working from home had on a Chinese travel company, was:
Bloom, N., Liang, J., Roberts, J., & Ying, Z. J. (2014). Does working from home work? Evidence from a Chinese experiment. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(1), 165-218.
Owen's WILTW on the 3-click rule was from The Nielson Norman Group: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/3-click-rule/
The podcast episode Neil talked about was '157 — Why should we care about behaviour change?' with Julie Dirksen, available online at: https://www.goodpractice.com/blog/podcast-157-why-should-we-care-about-behaviour-change
For more on 'libertarian paternalism', see the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, or the paper:
Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R. (2003). Libertarian paternalism. American economic review, 93(2), 175-179.
The podcast episode that Ross D recommended was from Reply All: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/xjhx3l/146-summer-hotline
The film that Ross G discussed was Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. If you want to know some background before you go in, see the Tate Murders Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tate_murders