Podcast 159 - Hot desks: Do not touch

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?

Written by Ross Garner
Published 20 August 2019
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Podcast 159 - Hot desks: Do not touch

On this week’s #TheGPPodcast, Ross GarnerRoss Dickie and Owen Ferguson are joined by author and workplace designer Neil Usher.

In this episode you’ll find out about

  • Factors to consider when designing an effective office space
  • The relationship between spaces and the meanings we attach to them
  • The pros and cons of working from home.

Show notes

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 Garner 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 experimentThe Quarterly Journal of Economics130(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.

For more on ‘libertarian paternalism’, see the book Nudge by Thaler and Sunstein, or the paper:

Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R. (2003). Libertarian paternalismAmerican economic review93(2), 175-179.

The podcast episode that Ross Dickie recommended was from Reply Allhttps://gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-all/xjhx3l/146-summer-hotline

The film that Ross Garner 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

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About the author

Ross Garner

Ross Garner

Instructional Design Manager
Ross has been working in L&D for seven years and he heads up the instructional design team at Emerald Works. In 2019 he completed a Masters in Digital Education and was named Learning Technologies’ Learning Designer of the Year. He is also one of the hosts of the GoodPractice Podcast.

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