Influencing opinions with space design
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Nanayakkara and colleagues studied links between activity-based workplace design and organizational culture via interviews and surveys. They report that “The objective of this paper is to examine the influence of introducing activity-based working (ABW) on existing organisational culture. It was addressed from the perspective of the management of large corporate organisations. . . . Workplace designs directly influence culture by supporting the systems, symbols, engagement/motivation and behaviours of the organisation and employees. . . .
Ramasubu and Bardhan’s work does not directly discuss providing workers with control of their physical environments, but the team’s findings can be extended to doing so. The researchers report that they “assess the causal impacts of adopting an organizational policy that grants higher levels of autonomy to project teams. . . . we posit that an organizational policy that provides higher levels of autonomy for software teams engenders performance-enhancing adaptations through agile reconfigurations of project operations.
Research linked creativity and walking some time ago. Murali and Handel build on prior studies and report that “Creativity, specifically divergent thinking, has been shown to benefit from unrestrained walking. . . . [during the Murali/Handel project, creativity test] scores were higher during walking than sitting. . . . participants either walked freely or in a restricted path, or sat freely or fixated on a screen. . . . similar to unrestrained [or free] walking, unrestrained sitting also improves divergent thinking. . . .
The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the workplace design world. Neuroscience research details, however, how the design of the places where people work, onsite, at home, or somewhere else, can make it much, much more likely that users perform to their full potential.
Johnson, Zimmermann, and Bird investigated links between workplace design and employee performance via data collected at Microsoft using surveys and interviews.
Schetter’s Master’s Thesis reports on the case study of a relocation to an activity-based workplace.
Wilmot and Ones link particular personality factors to success in certain sorts of jobs and their findings are useful to designers aligning design with personality.
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