Floor Plan

Designing in Middle Aisles (01-30-19)

How do middle aisles influence shopping behavior?  Page and colleagues set out to  “establish the effectiveness of a supermarket layout with a middle aisle splitting all other aisles, compared to a ‘traditional’ layout (without a middle aisle). . . . The research aims to . . . explore the shopper traffic entering and existing the middle aisle, and interaction with endcap promotions . . . and . . . compare the two stores based on basket size (in items and dollars) and trip duration. . . .

Decentralized Nursing Stations (12-27-18)

Fay, Cai, and Real reviewed empirical peer-reviewed studies related to decentralized nursing stations (DNSs) published in the last 15 years.  They determined that “(a) there is a positive trend toward patient experience in units with DNS, (b) nursing teamwork was perceived to decline in units with DNS . . . and (d) there is no consistent categorization of nurse station typology or standard definition for DNS.. . .Based on the evaluation framework, DNS are supportive of the patient experience yet have a negative impact on nursing teamwork.”

Open Offices, Place Identity, and Positive Outcomes (10-23-18)

Pearce and Hinds share important insights on effective transitions to open office environments.  Their research focuses on employee place identity, which they define as  “whether employees feel the space aligns with their self-image and enhances their sense of belonging.”  The researchers found, after talking with workers in the United States, France, Israel, India, and China, that “employees who felt a greater sense of place identity . . .

New Work Neighbors a Plus (08-30-18)

Research continues to indicate that work groups’ relative locations influence the performance of employees.  Sunkee Lee, a Carnegie Mellon University professor, studied a corporation in South Korea (whose employees had assigned seats) that relocated:  “In the old building, six teams . . . were seated in one area, while six other . . .teams sat in another one; the two groups were separated by a common entrance. . . . in the new location . . .nine of them were situated in one open area and three in another, with a common entrance in between.


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