Beating burnout, by design
The design of the space immediately around us as we work, our workspace, has a significant effect on our wellbeing and cognitive performance. Neuroscience-based best practices should drive the form of our workspaces, in the office, at home, or wherever else we may find ourselves doing mental tasks.
Comfort, emotion, and performance links to workplace windows
Documenting an anticipated outcome
Multiple factors temper impressions
Kaufmann-Buhler reports on the life course of open plan offices in America. Her focus is on “the material and technical aspects of the open plan and systems furniture that manifest through its design, production, specification and use. My research draws on information and data from dozens of different open plan of ‘systems’ furniture lines ranging from the major names in the industry such as Herman Miller, Steelcase and Knoll to the lesser known systems by companies like Eppinger, Krueger, Kimball, and Hauserman.” As Bloomsbury shares on the book’s website (
Candido and colleagues surveyed people working in Australian office buildings to learn more about their experiences. They report that “A total of 1,121 post-occupancy evaluation (POE) surveys conducted in 9 offices were analyzed. All these premises hold a certification from the Green Building Council of Australia and two achieved a WELL rating. . . . Highest scores for overall satisfaction, workability, perceived productivity and health were reported on WELL-rated premises.
Data collected in Jordan illustrate the complexities of moving into certified-green offices from other types of structures. Researchers report that “localised green building codes, especially in the developing world, often do not systematically recognise IEQ or health as crucial issues. . . . we follow 120 employees of a single organisation as they transition from four conventional office buildings to the first green building (GB), designed to the local Jordanian Green Building Guide. . .
Clues for future spaces